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Dreaming of a villa on Lake Maggiore

03 October 2018

The Charm of one of the Biggest Italian Lakes

Lake Maggiore, formerly called Verbano is the second largest lake in Italy with a length of about 65 kilometers. Its shores unwind between Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland and are home to marvelous architecture and extraordinary luxury villas that have breathtaking views of the lacustrine panorama, with rolling hills and snow topped mountains that provide for a very comfortable climate and a rich variety of flora and fauna in this subtropical zone. Governed in the past by powerful families such as the Viscontis, Sforzas and Borromeos, the lake area always profited from commerce and within the past 10 years, it has seen a growth in tourism and hotels which has contributed to attracting millions of Italian as well as foreign tourists. Surrounded by mountains, Lake Maggiore offers unforgettable scenery made up of flowering parks and gardens, traditional villages, and precious luxury homes along its banks. A great location for weekend get aways or vacations, many of those who visit Lake Maggiore decide to buy a second home in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Amongst Italy’s most popular destinations, Lake Maggiore and its lovely islands are home to famous luxury villas, important civil and religious architecture, extraordinary botanical gardens with rare flora and fauna from all over the world, and walking paths for excursions. Therefore it’s not a surprise that wealthy Italian families as well as others were and still are attracted to this area today. Just to name a few, Arona, Stresa, Verbania, and the archipelago of the Borromeo and Angera islands are amongst the most prestigious towns around the lake. Stendhal once said, “If you have a heart and a shirt, sell the shirt and visit Lake Maggiore.” No one can resist the allure of these waters that reflect century old woods, pine trees, and the blue sky that frames the sumptuous buildings with their manicured Italian gardens. The lake isn’t the only attraction however, in this area you can go delta planing, hang gliding, trekking, canoeing, sailing, or golfing in one of the many exclusive private clubs. Buying a house on Lake Maggiore means treating yourself to all the pleasures that luxury has to offer. In this particularly appealing location, you can enjoy the quality of life and privacy this area has to offer, just a few kilometers from some of the largest Italian cities.

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