A tour with private driver to the lake district in the surroundings of Milan
- Lake Maggiore
- Borromean Islands
- Isola Bella
- Rocca di Angera
- Santa Caterina del Sasso
- Private driver
- Hotel pick-up
- Boat transfer to island
- Itinerary can be customized
This private tour will take you to Lake Maggiore, one of the beautiful lakes in the surroundings of Milan.
The day will start with a private driver pick-up at your hotel (please note that is also possible to add a private guide to this tour). In about one hour and half you will reach the town of Stresa and from there will take a small ferry-boat to Isola Bella (Beautiful Island) the most famous of the charming Borromean Islands sitting in the middle of Lake Maggiore.
The Isola Bella is dominated by the Borromeo palace, a residence that between 1700 and mid 1800 was visited by Napoleon and his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, the Princess of Wales and many other members of the European aristocracy. The villa has a spectacular Italian-style garden that looks like a heaven rising from the waters of the lake. Here you can also stop to have lunch in a typical restaurant overlooking the lake. With another short boat ride (about 10 minutes) you will get back to the banks of the lake where your driver will be waiting to continue your trip.
You will now take a bigger ferry-boat to cross the lake and proceed by car to the Rocca di Angera, a Medieval fortress built on top of a hill overlooking the lake. The Visconti family, lords of Milan were the first owners of this castle that later, during the Renaissance, became the home of the Borromeo family, one of the most prominent families of the Lombardy aristocracy. The inside is decorated with beautiful frescoes while from the top you will enjoy a fantstic view of the lake and the surrounding Alps.
The next stop of this private tour will be Santa Caterina del Sasso, a Medieval monastery placed on a cliff right above the lake. It is a national monument dating back to the 14th century. If time allows you can stop for a visit and then your driver will take you back to Milan.
This daytrip is thought to be done with driver only. If you wish to know more about the places you will visit, we suggest having also a private guide who will be your companion for the day. To book also the guide, open the options menu inside the reservation box in the upper right side of this page and select the feature.
Private driver, all transportation cost, Ferry-boat ride
Food, drinks, entrance fees at Isola Bella Palace and Gardens (15 Euro each adult, 8,50 Euro each child), Rocca di Angera (9 Euro each adult, 5,50 Euro each child)
At your hotel in Milan
Comfortable walking shoes