Known locally as La Cenerentola, or Cinderella, Lake Orta has an ethereal, unspoilt quality far away from the crowds. While Lake Orta is the smaller and less visited of Italy's subalpine lakes, it's considered one of the prettiest by many. There's free time to sip a drink at a café in a lakeside piazza or just sit back and soak up the lake's mountain backdrops. You'll also catch sight of the islet in the middle of the lake, San Giulio, one of the northern Italy's best-kept secrets. And, if you want to take a closer look, there's an optional boat trip out to it.
Visit the local market with the Cesarina, immerse yourself in a cooking class and learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of Lake Maggiore cuisine!
A holiday by Lake Maggiore calls for some great Italian wine and cheese. You'll be swept away on a virtual journey of Italy and its wines through the eyes of your welcoming hosts Massi and Barbara. Settle in at their cosy wine bar in Stresa where you'll have a selection of wines, cheese and nibbles set out for you to delight in. Learn all there is to know about growing, harvesting and producing different varieties of wines, while you get to sip and slurp your way through a hand-picked selection. Expect warm hospitality, great wines and delectable cheeses.
With Switzerland just a short trip away, this tour makes the most of the gems on Lake Maggiore's doorstep. You'll have plenty of time to soak up the scenery and grab a few snaps as we wind our way through the Ossola Valley before taking the rack and pinion railway to the chic Swiss resort of Zermatt. Wander the clusters of wooden chalets, enjoy a typical Swiss lunch, and admire the sight you'll not be able to take your eyes off – the Matterhorn. Its jagged, fin-like peak can be seen from all around.
Visit the local market and the historic food shops of Lake Maggiore, attend the show cooking and discover the flavors of real home cooking!
For scenery, it's hard to beat what you'll encounter on this three-lakes, two-countries tour. The trip begins on a high as we pass the romantic ‘floating' castles of Cannero on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. Cross the border into Switzerland, heading for LuganoStroll along the promenade, and head for the Piazza Riforma and Ciani Park for some sightseeing. We cross back into Italy next, heading for the rustic lakeside village of Tremezzo. Admire its lavish collection of palaces. Rounding off the day is a stop at Como, an elegant city that blends Italianate and Habsburg styles.
This half-day tour whisks you away to two of three Borromean Islands in Lake Maggiore. After a quick boat trip, you'll arrive at the shores of tiny Isola dei Pescatori – it's barely 500m long by 100m wide. You'll be able to wander among its tiered, narrow alleys lined with plant-bedecked houses. Then, it's off to Isola Bella, which means ‘Beautiful Island'. And it's got a showstopper of a baroque palace as well as tiered Italianate gardens, inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon. The shell-encrusted grottoes on the lower floor are well worth a look, too.
Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at the Cesarina's home and learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of Lake Maggiore cuisine.
Take part in a unique cooking class with a personal chef and have lunch in the woods surrounding Lake Maggiore.
Don't miss a cooking show at a Cesarina's house at Lake Maggiore and discover authentic traditional recipes!
Milan is more than just a place for fashionistas or football fans – there's a historic side to the city beyond its cool, cosmopolitan and chic exterior. Kick off your guided tour of the city at the Monumental Cemetery, home to the mausoleum of the Campari family. Then it's on to Sforza Castle, which houses major works of art. To end the tour, you'll pass by the spectacular cathedral, the Duomo, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade. Afterwards, you'll have free time – either make your way to the La Scala opera house museum or indulge in some window shopping.
Located at the base of Monte Rosa, the village of Macugnaga is your passport to an Alpine adventure. As the second tallest mountain in Europe, Monte Rosa will have you captivated from the moment you set eyes on it. After driving up Anzasca Valley, you'll arrive in the remote village of Macugnaga. At 1,300 metres above sea level, it is like something out of Heidi – typical Alpine buildings, a flower-filled piazza, a 12th-century stone church and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.