Lake Maggiore receives the waters of the Ticino
and Toce rivers but even the waters of Lake Lugano through
the Tresa stream, of Lake Orta through the Strona stream,
of Lake Varese through the Bardello stream and of Lake Mergozzo,
which is separates from it by the alluvium deposits of the
Toce River. The only effluent is the Ticino River that leaves
the lake at Sesto Calende, flowing into the Po River from
the left, downstream of Pavia.
In the past it played not only a strategic
role as route of transit and natural outlet towards North
Europe but also as a defender against the invasions by the
In 1400 it became feud of the Borromeo family,
which knew how to value its natural and landscaped beauties
so much to make it a renowned holiday resort for the Milanese
The Lake Maggiore's Lombard shore is to Varese
Province. It is also called 'meager shore' opposite
to the Piemonte 'rich shore', full of luxurious villas.
However, artists as Dario Fo, Piero Chiara, Vittorio Sereni,
Renato Pozzetto, Massimo Boldi, Francesco Salvi were born
in this meager shore, all of them on the coast between Laveno
Place to visit is the monastery of Santa
Caterina del Sasso Ballaro at Leggiuno that offers one
of the most beautiful view of Lake Maggiore.
Other localities that deserve a visit are Angera,
with the Rocca Borromeo, Laveno with the viewpoint
of Sasso del Ferro, Luino, with its Wednesday famous
market and Maccagno, with its lakeside promenade..
trip along the Lake Maggiore.