Beauty a la Belle Époque
Two of the most magical locations by the water in the far North.
One is the largest in size of all the pre-Alpine lakes, from which fact it takes the name. Lake Maggiore is a true sight for sore eyes, especially for its frame of snow-capped peaks. Its ice-age vulcanic origin must have something to do with this natural scenery of rare beauty. An elegant belle epoque vibe permeates the whole lake view, with exquisite 19th century villas and gardens opening up to the waterfront promenades. Looking out from the lake banks, one can spot three magical islands, equally stunning if you take a boat trip around this water body.
The other one sits beyond a mountain ridge, west of Lake Maggiore and it's the quiet Lake Orta. Once a popular retreat for artists and poets for its intimate character, Lake Orta is now a real haven for romantic souls. A peaceful setting enveloped by dark-green woodlands and cordoning off the very peculiar, medieval village of Orta San Giulio, built on a small island right in the middle of the lake.