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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore Overview

This trip introduces walkers to the glory of the Italian Lakes – specifically Lake Maggiore and its lesser-known companion, Lake Orta. See the glamorous lakeside spots as well as off-the-beaten-track areas, and the Franciscan chapels of Sacro Monte. Savour the region's slow-food cuisine and little-known Alto Piemonte wines.

A journey from lake to lake

This walk – On Foot’s first in the Italian Lakes – brings the glory of the Alps to walkers of modest abilities. The area was the first Italian stop on the Grand Tour, and the resorts around Lake Maggiore developed early in a style pleasing to the eye. The three Borromean islands, notable for their gardens, are worth an extra day exploring via the frequent public ferries linking them.

The fishing villages of Isola Pescatori (the “Fishermen’s isle”) and Orta retain their medieval charm, and these two form the beginning and end of our route. The central section, and the real walking, heads up to the mountain top of Mottarone (and includes a night on the top, with its stunning views of Monte Rosa, the Alps’ second highest mountain), before returning to the lakeshore at Orta San Giulio. Lake Orta is quieter compared with its larger brother, and has more spiritual attractions, most notably the Franciscan assembly of chapels on Sacro Monte and the peaceful convent on Isola San Giulio.

Six, five and four night versions of this holiday are also available. See the On Foot Holidays website for details of prices and dates.

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Reviews of this holiday

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Helen mac, 28 Sep 2022
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We loved the scenery, walking from beautiful Lake Maggiore to the top of Mottorone, with its spectacular views of snow topped ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by David G, 27 Sep 2022
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OFH's Italian Lakes: Maggiore and Orta hotel to hotel walking holiday. We were keen to get back to Europe after the enforced ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Tanya, 21 Sep 2022
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Another fabulous hiking experience booked through On Foot holidays. This time we did 4 nights around Lake Maggiore. Everything ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Jilly J, 13 Aug 2022
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We walked from Lake Maggiore to Lake Orta with OFH. Hotels we excellent and the self guided directions were absolutely ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Steve R., 3 Jul 2022
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We spent five days in the region, including four days of self-guided walking. It was wonderful. read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Charles & Claire, 14 Jun 2022
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Self guided Walking holiday staying at top end hotels. read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Sally Maria, 4 Jun 2022
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We're a party of 4. We went on a walking holiday from lake maggorie to lake orta in Italy. It was amazing. We stayed on ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Tim, 26 May 2022
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We had a walking trip from Lake Maggiore to Lake Orta. We enjoyed the walking which was pitched at the right level for us... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by . JennyB, 16 May 2022
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Over the last few decades, we have traveled with a variety of tour groups. Once we discovered On Foot Holidays, we knew ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Wayne, 16 Oct 2021
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We spent 8 nights on a walking vacation beginning at Lake Maggiore and ending at Lake Orta. Lodging was arranged by On Foot ... read more

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On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Helen mac, 28 Sep 2022
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We loved the scenery, walking from beautiful Lake Maggiore to the top of Mottorone, with its spectacular views of snow topped ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by David G, 27 Sep 2022
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OFH's Italian Lakes: Maggiore and Orta hotel to hotel walking holiday. We were keen to get back to Europe after the enforced ... read more