From Castelveccana to Luino: 10 km of history on the Lake

mappa_castelveccanaCastelveccana, Sarico, Porto Valtravaglia, Germignaga e Luino.

These are the main steps along a historical-cultural itinerary on the shores of Lake Maggiore, between churches, fortresses and enjoy breathtaking views.

Symbols of history and culture of the Lake in those areas are: the Rock of Castelvaccana, the Church of Saint Veronica (pictured in evidence), the Romanesque Church of San Giorgio, the Church of Santo Stefano and Santa Maria and testimonies of industrial archaeology, as the factory Stehli.

Villages of fishermen and artisans, but also poets and artists. The actor and Nobel Laureate Dario Fo has spent his childhood in these places (Porto Valtravaglia), who gave birth also to Piero Chiara and Vittorio Sereni (Luino), or to naïve painter Genesio Boldrini (Sarigo).

Culture and nature come together in various tourist routes, among which you can choose, spending your free time on one of the most scenic stretches of the coast of Lake Maggiore.


Cruises on the Lake Varese

Cruise on the Lake Varese: departures and arrivals in Gavirate

tappecrocieraFrom 7 June until 28 September you can enjoy a relaxing mini cruise on the Lago di Varese, strongly desired by the Agency of tourism of Varese, also supported by the Community Foundation of Varese.

With two races on Saturday and three on Sunday, the boat will sail the Lake Varese with departure and arrival in Gavirate, via Isolino Virginia, Bodio Lomnago, Schiranna and, on request, Biandronno.

It’s really an occasion not to be missed, especially the visit to Isolino Virginia, that from 2011 is UNESCO reentrant among the “prehistoric palafitticoli site of the Alpine arc” of the world.

Ticket management will be the responsibility of the Consortium Navigate the Adda.
For reservations write to or call:

  • Monday-Friday, 02-92273118
  • on Saturday and Sunday, 392-7076412 or the additional number of Board 340-7546954 (reservations to be made at least one hour prior to departure)

You will pay your ticket on board.

For more information, please refer to the website of the Tourism Agency, to informational flyer.

Photo Credits: Varese Land of Tourism Site


Lake Maggiore Tour

TourLagoMaggioreLake Maggiore is the second biggest lake basin in Italy with its 170 km boundary and it offers the most enchanting landscapes of the nation. Surrounded by mountains and sprinkled with several fascinating towns, it offers jewels of italian art in a fairytale landscape, such as S.Caterina Hermitage, an antique medieval complex nestled between rock and water.

Stops along the ruote: S.Caterina Hermitage – Stresa – Ascona – Luino with possibility of an aperitif near the lake.

Organized by: Giuliani and Laudi, pullman with turistic guide.

Departures: every Sunday from Varese, piazzale Kennedy – Time: 9 am

Price per person: € 30,00 -Children: age 0-4 free / age 4-12 €15,00

Lugano and Bellinzona

lugano-bellizonaA day to discover Italian Switzerland to enjoy the atmosphere offered by two of the most remarkable and cosmopolitan cities of Canton Ticino.

Lugano, overlooking the lake as a true picture postcard, is the ideal destination to enjoy beautiful landscapes. Its elegant and antique city center, full of shops and restaurants, will charm you as you well. Bellinzona is famous for its splendid castles and for the enchanting city center: picturesque spots, narrow alleys, and antique palaces will take the visitors back in time.

Departures: every Saturday from Varese, piazzale Kennedy – Time: 9 am

Organized by: Giuliani and Laudi – Pullman with turistic guide

Price per person: € 28,00 – Children: age 0-4 free / age 4-12 € 14,00

Free Lunch in Lugano

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: valid ID card or valid passport

Art and culture: discovering FAI properties

beniFAIFAI properties represent some of the most important cultural attractions in Varese District. Villa Della Porta Bozzolo with its beautiful garden, Villa Panza with its precious contemporary art collection and Monastero di Torba with its spectacular monuments, are truly fascinating sites. A tour in the heart of Varese District to enjoy different atmospheres, a trip through ages and art,from middle ages to modern times.

Departures: every Friday from Varese, piazzale Kennedy – Time: 9 am

Organized by: Giuliani and Laudi, pullman with turistic guide.

Price per person: € 43,00 – Children: age 0-4 free / age 4-12 € 26,00

Price including entrance ticket to FAI properties.

Free lunch in Varese center.