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Sports and activities

Adventures on Lake Maggiore

The multi-faceted Lake Maggiore area offers a vast number of opportunities for your free time activities. Sasso Ferro is the ideal place for hiking or having fun on the numerous downhill, freeride and mountain bike trails, and the lake is perfect for water sports. Lake Maggiore: one single destination to meet all your needs.

Hiking and walking trails

A vast network of trails in the province of Varese welcomes challenging hikes as well as gentle walks. Some examples are the ring of Santa Caterina del Sasso, a tour that leads you to the famous hermitage in addition to places completely surrounded by greenery, or the no. 10 path of the Parco del Campo di Fiori, the longest in the park.

Lake Maggiore on two wheels

Hop on your trusty bike and start pedalling through in a unique natural setting of meadows, woods, streams and panoramas that will leave you speechless. Cycling allows you to discover landscapes of incomparable beauty based on your level of capacity. Lake Maggiore and Orta offer numerous routes of differing degrees of difficulty for both mountain bikes and e-bikes.


Perfecting your swing on one of the twelve golf courses of Lake Maggiore does not only mean having fun with what can be considered the greenest sport ever, but it also means experiencing beauty and relaxation. Although all easily accessible, welcoming and professional, the Varese Golf Club, located at the foot of the Prealps and open year round, offers an eighteen-hole course, each one completely different from the others.

Boat excursions

Sailing the waters of Lake Maggiore on one of the boats that take you to the Borromean Islands or on your own boat allows you to discover the area from the most authentic point of view. Numerous agencies offer the possibility to rent a boat and organize a day that totally reflects your own wishes.

Water sports

Lake Maggiore is the ideal place for water sports enthusiasts. The structures present mostly on the Lombard coast offer canoeing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, flyboarding, water skiing and courses allowing anyone the chance to learn these activities. Among the many possibilities, top billing is dedicated to sailing, which is often considered more a lifestyle than a sport.