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Verbania, the biggest town hugging the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region of Italy, sprawls along the waterfront, facing towards the chic town of Stresa. The impressive backdrop showcases panoramic views of the Borromean Islands and the majestic mountains beyond, all framed by the grand villas on the shoreline, such as the iconic Villa Giulia with its photogenic yellow facade.

Explore the enchanting Giardini Botanici di Villa Taranto, renowned for its floral displays and scenic walks among exotic plants. Wander through the cobbled streets of the old town, with its meandering lanes and pastel-coloured houses – admire the elegant palazzos and quaint shops selling local delicacies and crafts. Feeling regal? Pop in to the Palazzo Borromeo, a majestic palace boasting ornate architecture and lavish interiors.

For views of the lake and surrounding mountains, take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, or hop on a ferry to explore the nearby Borromean Islands. While you’re in town, you’ll be treated to the unique flavours of Piedmont at cosy trattorias – try the fresh, local dishes and regional wines. Whether you’re after relaxation, a spot of culture, or outdoor adventures, Verbania – the Garden of the Lake – offers a serene escape surrounded by the beauty of Lake Maggiore.


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Direct flights from London to Milan Bergamo Airport take around two hours with easyJet. Once you’ve landed, it’s a one-hour and 40-minute drive to Verbania.
Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) are ideal times to visit the Italian Lakes, with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds.
You can visit Stresa for the day or lunch on fish from the lake on Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island). Many hiking trails lead up into the hills that surround the town.

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