How to get

Lake Maggiore and the Borromeo Gulf in particular is easily accessible from various locations both with private transport or public ones.

autoby car

Lake Maggiore has the advantage of being well-connected to the major capitals of Piedmont and Lombardy; are in fact the only 65 km that separate it from Milan or Novara.
The highway A8 Milan Lakes takes you to the Lombard side of the lake and get to Laveno you must exit at Sesto Calende / Vergiate and follow the signs for laveno / Lake Maggiore.

The highway A26 Trafori direction Gravellona Toce is instead the road that connected the Piedmont side with Alexandria, Liguria and Milan-Turin.

The suggested exits are:

  • Castelletto Ticino or Arona for departures from Arona itself, where there are large public car parks no fee;
  • Carpugnino to reach Stresa; in front of the ticket office are paid parking.
  • baveno for its regional capital and, along a short stretch on the road, you can reach Carciano, Pallanza e Intra.
  • All coastal towns offer just opposite the Ticket large public pay car parks.

Locarno It is instead connected through the passes of the Gotthard and Simplon.

autoon the train

The international line Milan-Domodossola. (www.trenitalia.it) Along the Piedmont side Lake Maggiore from Arona to Verbania. The recommended stops to departure ports for the Borromeo Islands are the stations of:

Arona which is right next to the airport, and from there continue by boat for about an hour of sailing during which you can enjoy the view of the Fortress of Angera, the Hermitage of S. Caterina del Sasso and the approach Islands.

Stresa: The station is located about 10-minute walk from the port of Piazza G. Marconi.

baveno: The starting port of the boats 300 located just meters from the train station.

Verbania Pallanza: The station is located in the hamlet of Fondotoce and to achieve the Pallanza and Intra ports you need to take the bus line (line Omegna-Verbania www.vcotrasporti.it) That in 15-20 minutes leading to the departures of the boats.

One of the main towns of Lombard shore which is frequently connected with the Borromeo Gulf is rather Laveno.
laveno: Is a town well linked to Milan; there are in fact two stations: a Trenitalia transited by the Milan-Gallarate-Luino-Bellinzona line at about 800 meters from the port of Laveno; the other is the Trenord Station, the terminus of the director Milan Cadorna-Saronno-Varese-Laveno and Sesto Calende-Laveno Trenord (www.trenord.it) Located right next to the departures of the boats.

Tourists passing through northern Europe on Lake Maggiore can easily reach the Borromeo Islands also from Switzerland, starting from Locarno.

Locarno: Switzerland is the main airport of Lake Maggiore and is connected with the various cantons by the Swiss Federal Railways. Just 5-minute walk you can get to the airport and embark for Italy.