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Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour
Stresa: 1-Day 3 Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour
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from: $16

Spend a day island hopping around the Borromean Islands with a 1-day hop-on hop boat ticket around Italy’s Lake Maggiore. Departing from the lakeside town of Stresa Piazza Marconi, create your own sightseeing schedule using the boat as transport. See the elegant island palace and formal gardens of Isola Bella, admire the lush vegetation on Isola Madre and stroll along the charming promenade of the tiny Isola dei Pescatori. Enjoy lake views as you cruise between them and spend as little or as long as you like at each island. You may reserve the right to cancel a customer's booking for a full refund in case of bad weather condiction. Starting from March 19 st 2022 ,the date on which museums and gardens of Isola Bella and Madre will be opened, until Novmber 1th 2022, the stop on the mother island will be guaranteed.

Private Tour of Borromean Islands from Stresa with Micaela
Private Tour of Borromean Islands from Stresa with Micaela
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from: $347

Hello, my name's Micaela Lucini and I'm a private local guide. This is an itinerary option to explore the fabulous Borromeo islands but get in touch should you wish a customized tour tailored to your needs and time! Enjoy a day tour of the Borromean islands to discover the real beauty of lake Maggiore. A private sightseeing tour suitable for couples, families, individuals, small groups to explore the famous islands of magical lake Maggiore accompanied by a qualified and experienced local tour guide. Micaela will show you isola Bella's palace and gardens, isola Pescatori and isola Madre's villa and botanical garden. Transportation and entry tickets are not included in the tour price. Please check the section called "what's included".

The magic of a private sunset boat tour around the Borromean islands
The magic of a private sunset boat tour around the Borromean islands
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from: $360

An experienced local tour guide will show you lake Maggiore's highlights from the water. What a an excellent way to see lake Maggiore and learn more about the old towns, the islands, the historic villas and palaces, the aristocrats and the Belle Epoque time! All while sitting in a comfortable and safe private boat with no effort and no walking at all! This is an amazing tour that offers the chance to be in touch with a native guide to the area who can tell you about the history and the curiosities, the old fishing activities and the life around the lake today.

Private pasta-making class at a Cesarina
Private pasta-making class at a Cesarina's home with tasting at Lake Maggiore
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from: $158

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at a local's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by a selection of local wine. During the lesson, the local home cook will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.

Discover lake Orta - Private tours from Stresa, Baveno, Verbania
Discover lake Orta - Private tours from Stresa, Baveno, Verbania
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from: $325

A half-day tour to magnificent lake Orta from Stresa, Baveno or Verbania on lake Maggiore! You can choose the morning or the afternoon tour option!  An English-speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel and will drive you to the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio on lake Orta that you will be able to explore on your own, strolling through its narrow cobblestone alleys, century-old buildings and special atmosphere. A stop at the Unesco heritage site - the Sacro Monte, Sacred Mount - is included. You can also enjoy a snack / lunch in one of the little town's cafés and restaurants, before being pick up by your driver. A tour at your own pace!

Ticket for Isola Pescatori and Bella from Stresa
Ticket for Isola Pescatori and Bella from Stresa
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from: $13

We know that flexibility in this moment is necessary to organize a trip out of town; for this reason we want to make the Flex service available. We guarantee flexibility on all available dates, you can book your next tour in complete freedom. Should your plans change, you can change the date of your Flex-Ticket by easily requesting a voucher for the new date. No cost for changing the reservation of the chosen date. Book the Flex-Ticket service made available by the Consorzio Motoscafisti Associati C.M.A. by Stresatours with its fleet of 11 motor ships with variable capacity from 30 up to 60 seats, we will guarantee flexibility on the booking dates of transport to the Borromean Islands, you can plan your next trip to Lake Maggiore in total freedom.

Food and Wine Tasting in the Ossola Valley
Food and Wine Tasting in the Ossola Valley
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from: $35

Through our path you can discover the wines of the territory and learn to refine your senses like all the best sommeliers!

Ticket for the three Borromean Islands from Stresa
Ticket for the three Borromean Islands from Stresa
 (5)
from: $16

We know that flexibility in this moment is necessary to organize a trip out of town; for this reason we want to make the Flex service available. We guarantee flexibility on all available dates, you can book your next tour in complete freedom. Should your plans change, you can change the date of your Flex-Ticket by easily requesting a voucher for the new date. No cost for changing the reservation of the chosen date. Book the Flex-Ticket service made available by the Consorzio Motoscafisti Associati C.M.A. by Stresatours with its fleet of 11 motor ships with variable capacity from 30 up to 60 seats, we will guarantee flexibility on the booking dates of transport to the Borromean Islands, you can plan your next trip to Lake Maggiore in total freedom.

Malpensa to Stresa or Stresa to Malpensa Private Taxi Transfer with David
Malpensa to Stresa or Stresa to Malpensa Private Taxi Transfer with David
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from: $151

Your English-speaking private driver will be waiting for you outside baggage claim with a sign with your name or will pick you up at your hotel or address in Stresa to drive you to Malpensa airport. Private airport transfers and transportation between Malpensa airport and Stresa with an English-speaking professional driver. Transfers from 1 to 8 passengers. Indoor pick up for your comfortable transfer to Stresa or from Stresa. If you are a family with children, children seats are available.

Tour of the island Bella and Pescatori island
Tour of the island Bella and Pescatori island
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from: $13

On the Isola Bella you can visit the sumptuous palace, home of the Borromeo family, which preserves priceless works of art. The Pescatori island, on the other hand, is the only one of the Borromean islands to be inhabited throughout the year, and houses a small village characterized by a small square surrounded by narrow and winding alleys.

Private cooking class at a local
Private cooking class at a local's home with lunch or dinner at Lake Maggiore
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from: $158

Immerse yourself in Italy's culture with this hands-on cooking class held in a local home and led by an expert Italian home cook. Learn the secrets of the most iconic Lake Maggiore dishes and taste the fruit of your labour for lunch or dinner with local wines included. You'll have a fully equipped workstation with utensils and ingredients and your local host will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic Lake Maggiore recipes (starter, fresh pasta and dessert) handed down by generations of mammas and nonnas. After the class, sit down at the table with your Italian family and taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. This experience is held by Cesarine, Italy’s oldest network of home cooks and wine experts. Cesarine are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences. Every host is reviewed for authentic culinary traditions.

Italian Lakes and Switzerland Tour from Stresa: Three Lakes in One Day
Italian Lakes and Switzerland Tour from Stresa: Three Lakes in One Day
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from: $69

A group day tour through Italy and Switzerland around Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Como. See the western shores of Lake Maggiore, stop in the cosmopolitan city of Lugano in Switzerland, visit the Villa Carlotta gardens on Lake Como and the grand cathedral in Como city.

Share your Pasta Love: Small group Pasta and Tiramisu class in Lake Maggiore
Share your Pasta Love: Small group Pasta and Tiramisu class in Lake Maggiore
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from: $108

You can't visit Italy without trying at least one pasta dish... So, we'll teach you two! Learn how to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand and how to prepare 2 simple different kinds of pasta (filled pasta + fresh pasta) from scratch with your Cesarina. As the icing on the cake you will learn to prepare also the iconic Tiramisu. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine as you make new friends in this hands-on cooking class. It's a great way to truly experience Italian culture. • Learn to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand • Learn to make 2 iconic pasta types • Learn to make the iconic tiramisu • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 12 people. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine with other lovely guests • Enjoy an Italian Aperitivo to warm-up Le Cesarine is Italy’s oldest network of home cooks all over the country. They are welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.

Micaela
Micaela's exclusive private sunset cruise on lake Maggiore
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from: $360

Feel like a Vip and enjoy a private cruise on lake Maggiore before sunset! This is a beautiful and relaxing way to discover lake Maggiore's beauties accompanied by an experienced tour guide. Admire lake Maggiore's coastline dotted with old towns, lovely gardens and historical villas; the Italian Alps that surround the lake, the islands in the Borromean gulf. You will be accompanied a knowledgeable local guide - fluent in English - who will be happy to answer your questions, tell you interesting stories, point out the most picturesque sites abd by an expert captain in a comfortable private boat. The cruise takes place in the late afternoon, before sunset, when the colours of lake Maggiore are at their best. So whether you are a couple, a family with children, a small group of friends or a larger party, this can really be a very special moment during your stay or trip to lake Maggiore.

Private Tour to Bellagio and Lake Como from Stresa
Private Tour to Bellagio and Lake Como from Stresa
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from: $529

A day trip to Bellagio and Como from Stresa, Baveno or lake Orta. Just choose a day and book a private driver for your tour to Bellagio and lake Como!

Wine tasting in the Ossola Vineyards
Wine tasting in the Ossola Vineyards
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from: $29

Valli Ossolane gained its DOC title in 2009, in the period of 2009–2010 when several DOC titles were added to the already impressive wine portfolio of Piedmont, north-western Italy. It covers red and white wines from the Verbano–Cusio–Ossola province in the far northern reaches of Piedmont. Meet the winemaker, a passionate wine lover who traveled around the world to study and learn the most famous wine regions. You will spend time walking in the vineyard and he will tell you about the wine culture in Ossola valley with a 700-year history. You will taste 3 different type of wine from the winery and he will explain to you more about the process from grapes to wines. He will give the answer to every question about Ossola wine or Italian wines. Coming to his winery, you will have a chance to enjoy the wine with the wonderful view of the Alps and see Domodossola from above.

The three Borromean Islands with a private tour guide
The three Borromean Islands with a private tour guide
 (2)
from: $315

Discovering the three Borromean Islands: isola Bella, Fishermen's Island and isola Madre with a tour guide. Admiring the scenery of the lake and the beautiful gardens. Wandering around the narrow streets of the Fisherman's Island.

Stresa: Private Cruise to Verbania or Santa Caterina del Sasso
Stresa: Private Cruise to Verbania or Santa Caterina del Sasso
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from: $326

Panoramical Tour by boat around the Borromean Gulf. Admire historical villas and get stunning panoramas on a scenic cruise from Stresa to Hermitage of Santa caterina del sasso or Verbania Pallanza. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Lake Maggiore, sailing out towards the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso or Verbania pallanza

Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina
Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting: Lake Maggiore
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from: $158

Don't lose the opportunity to become a "pizzaiolo" (pizza-maker) and a great tiramisu maker! Enter a local home, connect with an expert home cook and discover how Italian mamma and nonnas used to prepare awesome pizza at home. With this private hands-on cooking class, you will learn how to make pizza and tiramisù from scratch from a real Italian family. To complete your feast, enjoy what you have prepared for lunch or dinner with a selection of local wine included. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family with a pizza party once you come back home! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages. Cesarine is Italy’s oldest network of home cooks all over the country in more than 120 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.

Dining experience at a local
Dining experience at a local's home at Lake Maggiore with show cooking
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from: $92

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes from the Lake Maggiore area treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Enjoy a 4-course menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.

Boat tour of the 3 Borromean islands (Isola Bella, Pescatori and Madre)
Boat tour of the 3 Borromean islands (Isola Bella, Pescatori and Madre)
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from: $16

The Madre Island hosts one of the oldest botanical gardens in Italy. On the Isola Bella you can visit the sumptuous palace, home of the Borromeo family, which preserves priceless works of art. The Pescatori island, on the other hand, is the only one of the Borromean islands to be inhabited throughout the year, and houses a small village characterized by a small square surrounded by narrow and winding alleys.

Visit and tasting of 4 D.O.C.wines Fontechiara
Visit and tasting of 4 D.O.C.wines Fontechiara
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from: $44

If you are looking for a suggestive and welcoming place to savor excellent wines and food and enjoy peace and tranquility surrounded by greenery, the Fontechiara Winery is what you are looking for. Come and visit us, you can visit the cellar and savor the magic and charm of the process of transforming grapes into wine. We will tell you the story of our company, illustrating the techniques of cultivation of the vineyards and the methods of vinification and aging. In an evocative and familiar setting, you will then taste our wines, Nebbiolo DOC, Vespolina DOC, Rosato DOC and Rosso DOC served in combination with typical local, fresh, artisanal and zero kilometer products such as local cured meats and cheeses, specially selected to enhance the best aromas, tastes and organoleptic characteristics of each individual wine.

Half day tour: Isola Bella and Fishermen
Half day tour: Isola Bella and Fishermen's Island with a tour guide
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from: $212

Visiting lake Maggiore and the famous islands: isola Bella and Fishermen's Island with a tour guide. Admiring the scenery of the lake and the beautiful gardens. Wandering around the narrow streets of the Fisherman's Island.

Lake Maggiore: Sightseeing Cruise from Stresa
Lake Maggiore: Sightseeing Cruise from Stresa
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from: $138

Soak up stunning lake scenery during a private boat tour of Lake Maggiore to the Borromean Islands and Hermitage of Santa caterina cruise. With your own private vessel and captain, travel in style and enjoy total privacy as you bask in the Mediterranean sun. Glide by lush lakeside gardens and towns, stop to view Borromean Palace on Isola Bella or cruise to the other idyllic Borromean Islands and Hermitage. Upgrade to include a local guide, who will accompany you on the trip and reveal more about the history and culture of the region.

Sunset private cruise with a tour guide
Sunset private cruise with a tour guide
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from: $174

Admire the beaches, islands, and alpine peaks of Lake Maggiore on a romantic sunset cruise. Set sail on-board a private charter boat, cruise around the Stresa Gulf, and soak up the scenery as you pass the Borromean islands. Magnificent views of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean islands. Romantic experience as you watch the sunset. Private charter boat: personalized tour just for your group.

Stresa to Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket
Stresa to Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket
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from: $9

Enjoy a boat tour of the beautiful Lake Maggiore and visit the stunning Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands. Enjoy traveling at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off boat tour from Stresa. Once on the island, you can explore the impressive Palace Museum and the well-tended gardens where you can expect to see white peacocks and the beautiful fountain dominating the garden. Explore Isola Bella at leisure with a hop-on hop-off boat ticket from Stresa. Glide across Lake Maggiore to the most famous of the Borromean Islands to visit the Palace Museum and Italianate gardens.

Day Trip to Milan from Stresa
Day Trip to Milan from Stresa
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from: $69

This is a 9hour live guided tour for from Stresa to Milan. The tour departs in the morning and you will have a chance to take in the sights with an official guide, including Milan's most famous building: the Duomo. In the afternoon, once the tour concludes, you will have time to roam and explore on your own before the transfer returns to your accommodation.

Ticket for Isola Madre & Bella from Stresa
Ticket for Isola Madre & Bella from Stresa
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from: $16

We know that flexibility in this moment is necessary to organize a trip out of town; for this reason we want to make the Flex service available. We guarantee flexibility on all available dates, you can book your next tour in complete freedom. Should your plans change, you can change the date of your Flex-Ticket by easily requesting a voucher for the new date. No cost for changing the reservation of the chosen date. Book the Flex-Ticket service made available by the Consorzio Motoscafisti Associati C.M.A. by Stresatours with its fleet of 11 motor ships with variable capacity from 30 up to 60 seats, we will guarantee flexibility on the booking dates of transport to the Borromean Islands, you can plan your next trip to Lake Maggiore in total freedom.

Private transfer from Stresa City to Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Private transfer from Stresa City to Malpensa Airport (MXP)
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from: $195

Cars comfortable with experienced drivers, with a deep knowledge of the city streets you will always arrive on time! Book a car rental service with private driver for your transfers between Stresa City (Pick-up in Hotel) and Malpensa Airport (MXP).

Slow boat tour for small groups with appetizer on Lake Maggiore
Slow boat tour for small groups with appetizer on Lake Maggiore
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from: $87

Cool, slow and delicious appetize on Lake Maggiore with fantastic and unique panorama for small groups

Visit and tasting of 3 D.O.C.wines Fontechiara
Visit and tasting of 3 D.O.C.wines Fontechiara
 (2)
from: $38

If you are looking for a suggestive and welcoming place to savor excellent wines and food and enjoy peace and tranquility surrounded by greenery, the Fontechiara Winery is what you are looking for. Come and visit us, you can visit the cellar and savor the magic and charm of the process of transforming grapes into wine. We will tell you the story of our company, illustrating the techniques of cultivation of the vineyards and the methods of vinification and aging. In a suggestive and familiar setting, you will then taste our wines, Nebbiolo DOC, Vespolina DOC and Rosato DOC, served in combination with typical local, fresh, artisanal and zero-kilometer products such as local cured meats and cheeses, specially selected to enhance the best aromas, tastes and organoleptic characteristics of each individual wine.

Tour of the Pescatori island, on Lake Maggiore
Tour of the Pescatori island, on Lake Maggiore
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from: $10

It is the smallest of the Borromean Islands, but certainly among the most fascinating. Strolling along its narrow alleys you will discover enchanting views. The ancient village is characterized by a maze of narrow streets leading to the Church of San Vittore, elected as a national monument, which still preserves the original apse with single-light windows dating back to the 11th century.

Sightseeing tour of Lake Maggiore from Stresa
Sightseeing tour of Lake Maggiore from Stresa
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from: $54

Visit the fashionable Stresa and the amazing Islands on Lake Maggiore on a day trip from Milan. Set in Italy's beautiful Lake District just 1.5-hour drive from Milan, Lake Maggiore is surrounded by the majestic Alps and home to some of Italy’s most impressive gardens. After some free time for shopping in Stresa, you will take a two-hour panoramic boat cruise on the lake, visiting the Borromean Islands – Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore, also known as Verbano is the second largest Italian lake. 

Ticket for Isola Bella from Stresa
Ticket for Isola Bella from Stresa
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from: $9

We know that flexibility in this moment is necessary to organize a trip out of town; for this reason we want to make the Flex service available. We guarantee flexibility on all available dates, you can book your next tour in complete freedom. Should your plans change, you can change the date of your Flex-Ticket by easily requesting a voucher for the new date. No cost for changing the reservation of the chosen date. Book the Flex-Ticket service made available by the Consorzio Motoscafisti Associati C.M.A. by Stresatours with its fleet of 11 motor ships with variable capacity from 30 up to 60 seats, we will guarantee flexibility on the booking dates of transport to the Borromean Islands, you can plan your next trip to Lake Maggiore in total freedom.

Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina
Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home at Lake Maggiore
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from: $206

Visit the vibrant local market and the traditional food shops with the Cesarina and immerse yourself in a private cooking class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of cuisine from Lake Maggiore area and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Cesarine is Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.

Small Group Market tour & Dining Experience at Cesarina
Small Group Market tour & Dining Experience at Cesarina's home in Lake Maggiore
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from: $119

Would you like to discover the most authentic side of Italian gastronomy and share it with other enthusiasts of the “cucina italiana”? Enjoy this shared Market tour and typical Dining experience. Visit the vibrant local market and learn about the seasonal produce and secret ingredients. Then, head to your Cesarina’s house to enjoy a 3-course dining experience, showcasing the authentic regional dishes stored in the cookbooks of your host. You will take part in an experience which is so much more than just a lunch or dinner. You will make new friends, feel like one of the family and live like the Italians do.

themed guided tour: some female figures who lived in Orta
themed guided tour: some female figures who lived in Orta
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from: $131

Let's get away from the usual guided tours to follow the ideas of some women who have lived in these places or who in some way are still leaving their mark on history.

Paddle on the Orta Lake and San Giulio island
Paddle on the Orta Lake and San Giulio island
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from: $98

Orta lake is the most magic and quite lake in the entire district lake. Moving on these calm waters slowly and quietly with a kayak, it's a really amazing experience. From a really unique point of view, you will have the opportunity to see the villages facing the lake and you will visit the terrific San Giulio island a really magic place, where the time seems to have stopped. And it will our great pleasure to tell you about the millenary history of this enchanted lake.

Private transfer from Stresa or Baveno to Milan city
Private transfer from Stresa or Baveno to Milan city
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from: $232

An English-speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel or apartment in Stresa or Baveno to drive you to your next destination in Milan city or to reach Milan railway station. A pleasant journey right to your destination without caring about train time tables and connections. At any time of the day you can reach the city of Milan with your own private driver.

Art and food on lake Maggiore: Stresa and Isola Bella
Art and food on lake Maggiore: Stresa and Isola Bella
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from: $198

Stresa, known as the pearl of lake Maggiore, stands in front of the Borromean Islands, which got their name by the ancient family who owned them since the 16th century. One one of these, Isola Bella, Carlo III Borromeo built a gorgeous baroque mansion, dedicated to his wife Isabella. This private guided tour will allow you to explore Isola Bella and the splendor of the palace and its garden; once back in Stresa, you'll have a walk on the cosy small streets of the town centre, until you'll reach a local winery for a mouth-watering aperitif, based on local wines, cold cuts and cheese.

Taxiboat - Private Transfer to Isola Bella and Fishermen from Stresa
Taxiboat - Private Transfer to Isola Bella and Fishermen from Stresa
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from: $173

We know that flexibility, in this moment, is necessary to organize a trip out of town. For this reason we want to make our fleet of 11 boats available. Book the Taxi-Boat service made available by our company that has been operating for over 40 years in the splendid scenery of the Borromean Gulf, you can plan your next trip to Lake Maggiore with maximum tranquility. You will visit Isola Bella and Pescatori starting from Stresa the pearl of Lake Maggiore.

Learn to do Homemade Pasta
Learn to do Homemade Pasta
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from: $67

Hospitality, experience,passion and fun are essential ingredients in all my encounters, besides the fact that everyone who tries my kitchen always remains extremely satisfied

Ticket to ride: a panoramic train running close to Lake Maggiore
Ticket to ride: a panoramic train running close to Lake Maggiore
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from: $479

Built on the track of an ancient Roman way, connecting Oscella (Domodossola) and Leocarnum (Locarno), the Vigezzina railroad was inaugurated in 1923, becoming a strategic connection for several small villages in the valleys close to lake Maggiore. Still today, even after severe damages caused by a flood in 1978, the railroad has a strong commercial and touristic function, connecting Sempione and Gottardo districts. This exclusive guided tour will allow you to enjoy a panoramic ride on this small and fascinating train, travelling from Italy to Switzerland across hidden and enchanting valleys. Thanks to a stop, you will have the chance to discover nice villages, such as Santa Maria Maggiore. A different point of view on Lake Maggiore beautiful outback.

Exclusive Sunset Tour. Isola Bella and a prosecco cruise with Micaela
Exclusive Sunset Tour. Isola Bella and a prosecco cruise with Micaela
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from: $507

This is a very special tour that will enable you to visit isola Bella at a quiet time of the day accompanied by your expert local guide fluent in English. The cruise at the end of the guided tour will make this tour even more exclusive, something that you will be able to cherish for long!

Italian cooking experience
Italian cooking experience
 (2)
from: $98

Every course has its own goals. We’ll start to prepare the food all together as a group. We will know the recipes and their history, learn the basic skills, cook them.

The art of the Italian Aperitivo with a local: Learn & Enjoy at Lake Maggiore
The art of the Italian Aperitivo with a local: Learn & Enjoy at Lake Maggiore
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from: $114

Your day at the Lake is just winding down, the sun's about to set... It's time for an Aperitivo. This glamorous Italian tradition is loved all over the world, and this is your chance to learn how to prepare it for yourself, the perfect souvenir.  Preparing the perfect aperitivo is an art; you will learn how to prepare a selection of five elegant nibbles to pair with with a refreshing glass of fizz, ideal for sharing with friends in the early evening. Your aperitivo will be a bite-size representation of its local culture, using typical regional ingredients and local wines, such as a sparkling prosecco or a light red. This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.

The best tour of the Borromean Isles on Lake Maggiore
The best tour of the Borromean Isles on Lake Maggiore
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from: $280

The Borromeo family has ruled the lands across lake Maggiore for centuries and their descendants still own some of the gorgeous parks and mansions scattered around. The South-Western basin of the lake, named the Borromean gulf, is dotted by some small, charming islands. This exclusive cruise will lead you to discover the wonders of the three Borromean islands: the amazing botanical garden of Isola Madre, the largest one; the characteristic alleys of Isola dei Pescatori, the only permanently inhabited one, where you may enjoy a good lunch; finally, the superb baroque palace and garden of Isola Bella, dedicated by Carlo III Borromeo to his wife Isabella d'Adda.

A private wintertime tour on lake Maggiore
A private wintertime tour on lake Maggiore
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from: $506

This is a special wintertime tour, available also during the Christmas season, that will allow you to see two of the highlights of lake Maggiore also in the winter: the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso and isola Bella. Using a comfortable private boat ( covered!) we will enjoy a cruise on lake Maggiore as far as the lombard shore where we will visit the fascinating hermitage of Santa Caterina with its 16th-century frescoed church. The church and the two convents were built on very steep rocks on the lake and the view iof this incredible site from the water is really impressive. We will then enjoy another boat ride to isola Bella. The interiors of Isola Bella's palace and the gardens will not be accessible this time of the year, but you will be able to admire the beauty of isola Bella through its picturesque village on a guided stroll with your private local guide. You will also enjoy a private boat tour around isola Bella to see the whole island with its terraced gardens.

Walking and cruising around Lake Orta
Walking and cruising around Lake Orta
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from: $239

Lake Orta is a small, quite unknown pearl, lying a few kilometers westwards of Lake Maggiore. Its chief town, Orta San Giulio and the close by isle of San Giulio create a unique, charming "lounge" on the lake coastline. The small alleys, the ancient churches and the enchanting landscapes merge together in a scene of rare beauty. This exclusive tour will allow you to enjoy the fascinating atmosphere of the coastline village by a pleasant walk; later, a short, relaxing cruise will take you to the isle of San Giulio, 400 metres offshore, where you will witness the remains of the medieval settlements, a majestic romanesque church and an 19th century seminary.

Walking tour with a private tour guide in the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto
Walking tour with a private tour guide in the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto
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The gardens of Villa Taranto in Verbania, between Intra and Pallanza, are known the world over for their great beauty and the huge number of plant species they contain. The result of a labour of love on the part of the Scottish Captain McEacharn in 1931, the myriad of colours and scents the marvellously landscaped garden offers continues to enchant visitors from March to October. From spring to autumn there are always flowers in bloom, with “special events” for certain species which are particularly spectacular in their season: the tulip week is in April, dahlias are at their best between July and October. We will discover together this beautiful garden and we will focus on particular botanical species. From Stresa, the gardens are reachable by boat: the shipping company “Navigazione Lago Maggiore” has a landing stage called “Villa Taranto” right in front of the Gardens entrance.

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