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Visit Baveno

Relax and rejuvenate at this lakeside resort’s grand villas and healing thermal springs, wedged between rugged pink-granite mountains and the shining shores of Lake Maggiore.

Baveno is an enchanting town on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. From the early Roman merchants who traded in the 1st-century B.C. settlement to the 19th-century nobles who established their summertime retreats by the shore, Baveno has a long history of hospitality. Explore this pretty town to glimpse its architectural treasures and Eden-like islands.

Get acquainted with Baveno’s elite heritage when you wander the town’s superb lakefront promenade. On the eastern side of the promenade you’ll see the façades of stately waterfront villas topped with vivid terracotta tile roofs. Explore the rambling old-town streets, which twist and turn to reveal pretty parks and grand villas. Check out the castle-like turret of Villa Henfrey-Branca, stroll around the grounds of Villa Fedora and note the Moorish embellishments in the design of Villa Barberis. The 19th-century Villa Durazzo is a mansion also known as the Lido Palace Hotel, which welcomed Sir Winston Churchill on his honeymoon in 1908.

Take a trip through time when you see the enduring 16th-century decorations on Villa Brandolini D’Adda and the frescoes within the Romanesque Church of Saints Gervase and Protaso.

On the western side of the promenade, take in expansive views of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands. Get a closer look at these offshore jewels by jumping aboard one of the ferries departing from Baveno Harbor. Isola Madre is renowned for its perfectly manicured botanical gardens, while Isola Bella is encompassed by an exquisite Italianate palace and garden. On Isola Superiore, you’ll find restaurants serving up lake-caught seafood.

Look back toward the pink-granite foothills of Mount Camoscio, which rises behind the town. The top of the mountain is the source of the curative Fonti di Baveno, the spring that feeds thermal baths throughout the region.

Baveno is easily accessible via the regional train line that delivers visitors to the heart of the old town. Alternatively, reach the resort from Milan in less than 90 minutes via the major highway that runs northwest from the city. Stay the night in Baveno’s stunning waterfront villas. Visit Baveno to experience the resort’s remarkable lake views, offshore islands and healing waters.

Top Hotels in Baveno

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hotel Dino
Grand Hotel Dino
4 out of 5
Via Garibaldi, 20, Baveno, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola

Situated in Baveno, this golf hotel is steps from Baveno Ferry Terminal and Lake Maggiore. Isola Bella Botanical Garden and Borromeo Plaza are also within 3 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (215 reviews)

"The grandeur and lavish furnishings are a treat and warm the heart. You should feel you are being well cared for, breakfast is a delight of wonderful abundance overlooking Lake Maggiore and the Boromean islands from the Grand dining room. Artwork adorns the walls, stained glass domed ceilings are ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Grand Hotel Dino
Hotel Romagna
Hotel Romagna
3 out of 5
Via Nazionale del Sempione 21, Baveno, VB

Situated in Baveno, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Henfrey-Branca, Borromeo Plaza, and Lake Maggiore. Isola Bella Botanical Garden is 2.6 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

"Great location, with beautiful views of Lake Maggiore. Fantastic breakfast and dining room has views of the lake. If you are wanting a taxi into Stresa, it can be difficult to get one back to the hotel if it is beyond 10 pm. Always pre-arrange a taxi for your return trip. The train line is very close ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Hotel Romagna
Azalea Hotel
Azalea Hotel
3 out of 5
Via Domo 6, Baveno, VB

Located in the heart of Baveno, this golf hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Borromeo Palace and Garden and within 9 mi (15 km) of Villa Pallavicino Park and Villa ...

4.1/5Very Good! (153 reviews)

"This is a charming hotel in a convient walking location to restaurants and the lake. The beds are only ok and the TV was limited but the showers were hot and the balcony had a lovely view."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Azalea Hotel

Popular things to do in Baveno

Church of Saints Gervase and Protaso
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Church of Saints Gervase and Protaso

Trace the history of this church through its architecture and decorations, which have been updated almost every century since its initial construction in the 1100s.

Villa Fedora
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Villa Fedora

Relax in the English-style park in front of this beautifully preserved 19th-century villa. Attend a live music concert under the stars in summertime.

Isola Bella Botanical Garden
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Isola Bella Botanical Garden

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Spend time at one of the most popular attractions on Lake Maggiore, a centuries-old island garden of great beauty.

Villa Taranto Botanical Garden
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Villa Taranto Botanical Garden

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Experience a fascinating and exciting glimpse into the natural world at this oasis of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental features.

Lake Lugano
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Lake Lugano

4.5/5(145 reviews)

Enjoy the stunning scenery, Mediterranean climate and charming villages of this lake on the Swiss-Italian border.

Lake Orta
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Lake Orta

4.5/5(32 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Orta San Giulio during your trip to a well-known site like Lake Orta. Wander the lakeside in this quaint area.

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Oct 28, 2019

Go to all three islands in Lago Majorie. They are all lovely. Just remember they don't start serving dinner until 7:30.

4/5 - Good

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Aug 26, 2019

Great place to be

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Jun 21, 2019

Baveno was clean. Safe and friendly with a local feel. Great location as a base for sightseeing