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Lake Maggiore Holidays: things to do with kids

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Lake Maggiore is a beautiful destination in Northern Italy that offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, an exciting family vacation, or just some time to relax and enjoy the scenery, Lake Maggiore has something for everyone. From its stunning views and vibrant culture to its delicious cuisine and exciting attractions, there's no shortage of things to do in this gorgeous Italian region. Explore the local villages and sample traditional dishes; take a boat ride on the lake; or simply relax in one of the many picturesque parks. With so much to see and do, Lake Maggiore is an ideal destination for your next holiday!


Laveno-Mombello bucket cable car (Lombardy)

If you're looking for an unforgettable experience while visiting Lake Maggiore, then the Laveno-Mombello bucket cable car should be on top of your list. This unique lift is one of the most popular attractions in the area and offers stunning views of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding area. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Laveno-Mombello (Lake Maggiore) bucket cabel car: 

  • It takes about 15-16 minutes to reach the top. This can be a nerve-racking experience for some, especially if your bucket stops in the middle of the mountain. Don’t panic, sometimes it will only stop for 10-20 seconds to let people who need extra time get on and off. 

  • If an open cabin is a little too much to handle, you can ask for a closed cabin. 

  • There is a free parking, but spaces are very limited.

  • At the top you’ll find: Restaurant, Bar, Hotel, Playground, Picnic area, Hiking trails, Amazing views.


Whether you're planning to stay for a few days or just passing through, this is the perfect way to explore one of Italy's most beautiful lakes. So make sure you don't miss out on this unique experience and add it to your Italian Lakes holidays!

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Lago Maggiore Experience


Boat trip across Lake Maggiore 

A trip to the Italian Lakes in Northern Italy is not complete without taking a ferry. Taking a boat trip across Lake Maggiore is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Italy's second largest lake. Laveno-Mombello is one of the most popular routes on the lake. The ferry trip from Laveno-Mombello to Intra takes about 20 min and costs only 4 euros one way.

You can admire the majestic mountains, lush forests, and picturesque villages that line the shore. It's a perfect way to relax and take in the sights from this stunning location.

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Explore Intra & Verbania (Piedmont) 

There are plenty of things to do in Intra & Verbania. From visiting the beautiful Villa Taranto gardens to enjoying some time at the playground in lungolago in Intra, there's something for everyone. You can also enjoy some delicious local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and bars around the lake.

Villa Taranto in Verbania is a stunningly beautiful place to explore when visiting Lake Maggiore. It is a historical villa that was built in the 19th century and offers wonderful views of the lake and a wide variety of activities for visitors to enjoy.

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Hotels in Lake Maggiore

Luxury: Hotel Villa & Palazzo Aminta 5* check reviews here

Great value: Grand Hotel Bristol 4* check reviews here

B&B: Villa Magnolia Lago Maggiore check reviews here

Agriturismo: Eco-Resort Parco Botanico Fiorlago check reviews here

Camping: Villaggio Turistico Riviera check reviews here

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