Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta are two of the most beautiful and idyllic lakes in Northern Italy, and offer a treasure trove of unique food and wine experiences off the beaten path


Overview of Lake Maggiore Wine Tour

Alluring Lake Maggiore and its enchanting smaller neighbor Lake Orta have long attracted and inspired international travelers, artists, and writers, including Charles Dickens, Stendhal, Lord Byron, Dumas, Ernest Hemingway and Herman Hesse, to name just a few. These clean, sparkling, ice age lakes are framed in a perfect postcard of luxuriant flora, deep blue water, and the arresting mountain peaks of Monte Rosa. This formidable massif has ten glacier peaks and is snuggled into the eastern section of the Pennine Alps between Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, and Switzerland’s Valais (home to the Matterhorn). Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda. It meanders majestically for over 200 square kilometers, with the northern tip of the lake crossing the border into the Swiss Ticino canton. The lake, and its beautiful islands, are sprinkled with some of the most beautiful and opulent villas in Italy. Most of these villa gems were built by famous visitors and aristocratic families in the 19th and early 20th centuries. You’ll find delightful examples of Art Nouveau, Neoclassic, and even “Oriental” (with Moorish, Persian, and Turkish architectural influences). It was fashionable for affluent creatives and well-heeled royals in the early 1900s to travel on the luxurious Orient Express Train to Istanbul. And many of the whimsical villas have more than a touch of “The thousand and one nights” on the lakes here- most dramatically at the flamboyant Villa Crespi, which is included on this unforgettable tour.

Lake Maggiore is also famous for its fine gardens (many of which are open to visit) and is often called the garden capital of Italy. Thanks to the micro-climate on the lake, it is a veritable garden of Eden. Camelias, dahlias, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, jasmine, magnolias, Lebanese cedars, citrus, palms, azaleas, oleanders, and even pomegranates all flourish in the lake’s myriad botanical, country cottage, and noble gardens. Apart from the grandeur and beauty of this area, food and wine are a major draw here (this being Italy, after all). We have designed this supremely relaxing and uplifting week-long program to include the best of the region. You’ll visit the undiscovered wine regions of Alto Piemonte, pristine alpine hamlets of Valle Anzasca, and quaint lakeside villages around Maggiore and Orta.

Learn about the magic of risotto while wandering through the celebrated rice fields of Vercelli with an artisan rice-making family, followed by a fun cooking class in situ. Try the kaleidoscope of spectacular charcuterie from Val Vigezzo and the summer pasture cheeses like Toma Mottarone and Bettelmatt. Speaking of cheese, you’ll tour the unbelievably photogenic, underground cheese caves of one of Europe’s most prestigious and kindest cheese affineurs- Carlo Guffanti. Travel by boat for dinner on a tiny fishermen’s island and, after an evening passeggiata, taste delectable local fish with picturesque lake views while watching the sunset. And indulge in gourmet tasting menu extravaganzas at the best Michelin starred restaurants on the lakes- Piccolo Lago and Villa Crespi (both holding two stars).

Wine is always the main focus on our tours, and you will have your own private chauffeured Mercedes to whisk you safely through the charming vineyards, allowing you to enjoy the vertical tastings and wine flights to your heart’s content. Discover the sublime Nebbiolo (of Barolo fame) based wines of Ghemme, Gattinara, Lessona and Bramaterra. These wines were once in high demand throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire before falling out of favor. However, this lesser-known area of Northern Piedmont is enjoying a wine renaissance at the moment, and it is a fascinating time to visit the top producers and taste the vinous treasures featured recently in Forbes. Your base for the trip will be at a refined, historic palatial hotel right on the waterfront outside Stresa. Called “the Pearl of Verbano,” Stresa is perfectly positioned on the lake overlooking the fairy tale Borromean Islands and the clear, shimmering waters. Stresa is undoubtedly the most beautiful town on Lake Maggiore and blessed with a balmy climate, elegant villas with cascading flowers, demure palazzos with ornamental gardens, and terrific restaurants. You’ll be pampered and comfortable in your luxurious room with a private terrace, impeccable lake views, a jacuzzi bath, and Acqua di Parma amenities. Relax and enjoy the good life, and let us show you this gorgeous corner of Northern Italy!


  • Exclusive, Private Luxury Winery Tours and Tastings
  • Palatial Lake Hotel
  • Romantic Dinners on Lake Islands
  • Private Exclusive Boat Tour of Lake Maggiore
  • Artisan Cheese Tasting, Risotto Cooking class and Rice Experience
  • Visit historic and beautiful villages and islands including Stresa, the Borromean Islands, Macugnaga, and Orta San Giulio
  • Professional & Elegant English speaking Chauffeur & Mercedes

Unveiling Your Customized Italian Lake Maggiore Tour: Explore Your Tailored Itinerary

  1. Milan Malpensa / Turin airport - Arona - Stresa - Pescatori Island - Stresa

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    Carlo Guffanti, Cheese Affineur

    Welcome to Lake Maggiore- Cheese Tasting- Romantic Island Dinner

    • 5* Palatial Lake Hotel
    • Cheese Tasting (Light Lunch) with wine, Fish Dinner with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
  2. Stresa - Isola Bella - Isola Madre - Stresa - Mergozzo Island - Stresa

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    Enjoy a glass of bubbly overlooking Lake Maggiore

    Enchanting Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands– Michelin Starred Lake Dinner

    • 5* Palatial Lake Hotel
    • Full Breakfast, Two Michelin starred Tasting Menu dinner with wine pairings
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
  3. Stresa - Boca - Borgomanero - Lessona - Stresa

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    Tenute Sella Winery

    Nebbiolo and Top Wines of Alto Piemonte

    • 5* Palatial Lake Hotel
    • Full Breakfast, Traditional Lunch with wine
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
  4. Stresa - Desana - Ghemme – Gattinara - Stresa

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    Travaglini Gattinara

    Risotto Rice Experience, Ghemme and Gattinara Wine Tours

    • 5* Palatial Lake Hotel
    • Full Breakfast, Cooking Class lunch with wines
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
  5. Stresa - Orta San Giul i - Stresa

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    Villa Crespi

    Magical Lake Orta and Three Michelin Starred Lunch at Villa Crespi

    • 5* Palatial Lake Hotel
    • Full Breakfast, Michelin starred tasting menu lunch with wine pairings
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
  6. Stresa - Macugnaga (Val Anzasca, Val d'Ossola) - Stresa

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    Beautiful Val d'Ossola

    Walser Culture, Cheese Tasting, Alpine Mountain Valleys

    • 5* Palatial Lake Hotel
    • Full Breakfast, Farmhouse Lunch with wine, Rum, and chocolate tasting
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
  7. Stresa - Milan airport

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    Buon Viaggio!


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    • Full Breakfast
    • Private Chauffeured Mercedes


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