Travelers who are planning an escorted vacation to Italy won't want to miss Lake Maggiore. The second largest lake in the country is high in the Alps and actually extends beyond the Swiss border, making it a less-visited and more unique destination to include on senior group travel to Europe. The surface area covers 5,699 kilometers (approximately 2,548 square miles), according to the International Commission for the Protection of Italo-Swiss waters. Visitors who travel here from nearby Milan will have the opportunity to experience local culture at any of the towns that rest on the water's edge while they take in the mountainous scenery.
The Western Shore
Along the western edge of the lake in Italy, travelers can visit the city of Varese in the Lombardy region. The official website of the lake indicates that there are many sites that make this lakeside metropolis ideal for a visit. Guests can explore the Castle of Masnago that was built in the Middle Ages, or they can visit the various parks throughout Varese that have earned it the nickname of the "Garden City."
The Swiss Shore
Should travelers desire, they can visit the lakeshores over the Swiss border. Here, they will find two major towns - Ascona and Locarno - which offer many interesting things to see and do. The Lake Maggiore website indicates Ascona is home to a Museum of Modern Art and the Ascona Gold Club, a great place to check out if visitors have the time and desire to hit a few balls on their trip. Castle Visconteo and the Locarno Archaeological Museum await guests in Locarno, giving them plenty of options to spend their time.
There are many other towns along the other shores of Lake Maggiore for travelers to explore as well. Since the lake is so large, it can be wise for visitors to plan their excursions in advance, whether they'd prefer to cruise the waters for a few hours or travel across the lake to reach Switzerland from Italy or vice versa.