Hiking is a different way of traveling. It’s slow, sustainable and it allows you to connect with the surroundings. When it comes to Lake Maggiore hiking, the surroundings are high peaks with unique overlooks like the ones of Monte Giove with its tiny villages with red roofs, and patches of snow even in summer. Or the surroundings of the hiking path to Limidario, a trekking through uncontaminated nature and high slopes above the clouds. The hiking paths above the famous lake between Lombardy and Piedmont take visitors to a quiet area, far from the crowds in Stresa or Villa Pallavicino. With the right hiking boots, determination, and enough sunscreen, an Italian vacation has a whole new meaning. This is a hiker’s paradise, made of clearly-designed paths, crosses on top of peaks, and (if you are lucky) wildlife. There are two paths in the area behind Lake Maggiore, both worth a trip: The hiking path to Monte Giove The hiking path to Limidario Both can give visitors a unique perspective on this part of Piedmont, which isn’t just beautiful. It’s also eco-friendly and a slow way of traveling. One step at a time, hikers discover nature and they connect with the local communities, the ones beyond the touristy spots. Let’s take a closer look at these two Lake Maggiore hiking opportunities. On the way to Monte Giove This is one of the most popular hikes in the Lake District. That’s because the view is exclusive. However, parts of this path are steep, so it’s not perfect for every type of hiker. It’s more ideal for people who are already used to hiking, children included. During this trek, there are a lot of different terrains, including asphalt, since the path starts at Sant’ Agata di Cannobio, a tiny village surrounded by pine
Hiking is a different way of traveling. It’s slow, sustainable and it allows you to connect with the surroundings. When it comes to Lake Maggiore
Every year in Cannobio we celebrate a miracle that happened a long time ago. The memory of that emotion though, is always present and relives just like the thousands of lights which are exposed throughout the old town of Cannobio and on the boats that follow the slow procession from the lake. This celebration is called the "Lumineri" of Cannobio. This is a very important event for the community but also for those who have learned to know and love Cannobio. At 7 pm on January 7th, immediately after the church celebration, the procession that accompanies the Sacra Costa along the streets shows up and the liturgical chants begin. The Sacra Costa is therefore brought back to the place from which everything originated, in the past the house of Tommaso Zacchei and now the Sanctuary of the Santissima Pietà. After the celebration both restaurants and homes cook a traditional meal: pasta with beans and luganighe with boiled vegetables. In conclusion Cannobio recalls, year after year, the miracle that took place between its narrow streets so long ago and approaches the celebration of the fifth centenary (1522).
Every year in Cannobio we celebrate a miracle that happened a long time ago. The memory of that emotion though, is always present and relives
Whoever has been to Verbania, on Lake Maggiore, for a long time or even only for a summer afternoon has certainly visited the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto. Coming into the gardens of Villa Taranto is just like travelling through foreign lands. The gardens were established 1931-1940 by Scotsman Neil Boyd McEacharn. He firstly bought an existing villa with its neighbouring estates and then undertook substantial changes to the landscape, including the addition of major water features employing 8 km of pipes. He then set the name “Villa Taranto” in honour of his ancestor Etienne Jacques Joseph Alexandre MacDonald, named Duke of Taranto by Napoleon. They opened to the public in 1952 and after McEacharn’s death in 1964 have been run by a non-profit organization which preserves this incomparable botanical treasure and its natural beauties. A visit to Villa Taranto is therefore a must at Lake Maggiore since these gardens reward the visitor with seasonal beauty and natural sceneries.
Whoever has been to Verbania, on Lake Maggiore, for a long time or even only for a summer afternoon has certainly visited the Botanical Gardens