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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 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

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Jennifer, 18 Oct 2019
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My husband and I spent six days hiking in the Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta region of northern Italy through On Foot Holidays... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Tibbby, 27 Sep 2019
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We have now taken two on foot holidays. As two shall we say older ladies who are keen walkers but never seem to get round ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by LentilSoup, 23 Sep 2019
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After a preliminary day exploring the islands in Lake Maggiore from our friendly and very comfortable hotel on Isola Superiore, ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Citysnapper, 5 Jul 2019
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A six day walk from Lake Maggiore to Lake Orta. The route and hotels were chosen by On Foot. read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Abs, 13 Jun 2019
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Everything worked like clockwork, very detailed walking route notes, all accommodation excellent- warm, comfortable with ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Kd, 6 Jun 2019
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Walking from Lake Maggiore over the mountain to Lake Orta, by way of some excellent meals, hotels and views. read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by BunduBasher, 10 May 2019
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Six days walking around Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, staying in a variety of hotels with our baggage transferred from one ... read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by OJS LDN, 3 Oct 2018
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Short walking holiday a deux. Easy logistics, amazing hotel and food, stunning scenery. Robust but doable walking. read more

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Captain J, 23 Jul 2018
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We had an excellent trip in the Lake District in Italy. It is tough to say what was the best part of the trip, the hikes ... read more

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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

On Foot Holidays - Lake Maggiore by Jennifer, 18 Oct 2019
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My husband and I spent six days hiking in the Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta region of northern Italy through On Foot Holidays... read more