Lake Maggiore and the surrounding area can offer a broad range of activities that can satisfy people interested in culture, sports, art and entertainment.
There are lots of very attractive towns along the lakeshore, such as Arona, Belgirate, Lesa and Meina, on the lower part of the lake in Piedmont and a few kilometres from Stresa.
Once in Arona - where the Borromeo family had most of their property - you will be impressed by the majestic 'sancarlone', a huge, 23-metre statue of the town’s patron saint, Cardinal Carlo Borromeo. From the small windows in the statue’s gown there is a unique full view of Lake Maggiore.
Belgirate, Lesa and Meina have lots of baroque villas and flowering gardens. You cannot but be enchanted by Villa Faraggiana in Meina, an XIX century neoclassic building surrounded by a garden with hundreds of plants.
The town of Angera and its fortress stand out on the Lombardy shore of the lake and the fortress of Arona is on the opposite shore.
The Swiss shore of the lake attracts tourists of a very special kind - how can we fail to mention the Locarno Film Festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival or the Ascona Music Festival?