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Discover lake MaggioreLake Maggiore, one of the largest of our peninsula, develops on a surface of 21 square kilometers, (13 square miles) long about 65 kilometers (40 miles) with a width between 1 to 4 kilometers, it is located at 194 meters (636 feet) above sea level, with a maximum depth of 372 meters (1220 feet). Its shores cover a total lenght of 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Canton Ticino in Switzerland to Sesto Calende (Va). It has a surface area of about 213 km². The lake basin has tectonic-glacial origins and its volume is 37 km³. Its main tributaries are the Ticino, the Maggia, the Toce (by which it receives the outflow of Lake Orta) and the Tresa (which is the sole emissary of Lake Lugano). The rivers Verzasca, Giona, and Cannobino also flow into the lake. Its outlet is the Ticino which, in turn, joins the river Po just south-east of Pavia. Wedged between the pre-Alps, Lake Maggiore is framed in its lower section by the soft hills of the "Novarese" region, and in the upper section, by high mountain peeks, some of which with perennial snow. These characteristics make possible to have temperate climate, milder in winter and refreshed by breezes during the summer. In Lake Maggiore there are many islands, large, small or very small, 8 in Piedmont, 2 in Switzerland andonly one in Lombardy. Between Stresa and Verbania there is the archipelago of the Borromee Islands: the Isola Bella (Beautiful Island), the Isola Madre (Mother Island) and the Isola dei Pescatori (Island of the fishermen) famous also as Isola Superiore. Opposite the Swiss town of Brissago there are the two Islands of Brissago.

The climate

The lake represents an exceptional natural atmosphere, whose mild climate is very close to the Mediterranean one, thanks to the morphology of the territory. Its happy position and the mild climate bot ..
The climate  lake Maggiore

Origins of the lake Maggiore

The origin of the Lake Maggiore is surely glacial, evidence of that is the disposition of the hills, formed by morainic deposits. It is determined that the excavation, made by the glacier, has took pl ..
Origins of the lake Maggiore lake Maggiore


Among the historical personalities linked to the lake Maggiore, sure the most important is
Saint Carlo Borromeo, born in Arona in 1538 and died in 1584. In 1563 he was ordained priest and t ..
Personalities lake Maggiore


The archaeological finds say us that, after the creation of the lake, with the complete withdrawal of the ice, the surrounding area was inhabited by nomadic groups, that mostly used the territory as a ..
History lake Maggiore
Motoscafisti delle Isole Borromee

Our public service of tramp shipping is based at the Lido of Stresa (Square Mottarone cable car), but also provides for departures from all the towns around Lake Maggiore, Stresa, Baveno, Verbania Intra and Pallanza "Laveno, Santa Caterina del Sasso , Belgirate and Arona.
The main destination of our trips are the Borromeo Islands (Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori), but with our service you can reach all locations in the Italian and Swiss basin (Brissago, Ascona and Locarno).
Our modern speedboats are the best that you can find, spacious and comfortable.
We look forward to welcoming you to make your stay more to the islands' famous Italian lake as pleasant as possible.

During the period from 1 April to 30 September, you can buy your round-trip tickets to the Borromee Islands (departure from Stresa,Piazzale Lido) directly from our website.

Motoscafisti delle Isole Borromee



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