Discover the Best Trekking Spots Around Lago Maggiore!
The following trekking spots around Lago Maggiore are absolute must-be places.
Nice trekking paths with a breathtaking view overlooking the lake, a dream for those who adore nature and love hiking.
The first 3 spots we recommend are just a few minutes driving from Villa Simba, so there is no excuse to miss the chance for a healthy walk!
And if you travel with your dog, it would be a wonderful experience “dogether”, word of Simba.
This is one of the best trekking spots you can find around Lago Maggiore because it has one of the most stunning views overlooking the beautiful lakes and the surrounding cities.
Not only you get to see LagoMaggiore, but you will also see Lago di Varese and Lago di Comabbio.
Another jackpot is that you will also be able to admire (on your back) the famous Mottarone or reach it if you are fit enough.
The departure point is just 2 minutes away from Villa Simba by car.
Once you arrive in Poggio Radioso, at the unasphalted road, park your car and start your adventure.
You will have three different options:
F6 is our suggested path;
F7 is the hardest but the shortest;
F5 is the medium solution (not too simple, not too tough).
The return trip is around 10 Km and will take roughly 3 to 4 hours
If you feel lazy you can stop at Sass dal Piz, a panoramic point where you can enjoy another breathtaking view of the lakes, have a picnic, sunbath, play cards or whatever you like.
Tips: please note that there is no restaurant once you get to Monte Cornaggia, so it is suggested that you bring your own food and water during the trekking.
Monte San Salvatore
The path to Monte San Salvatore is probably the easiest one from Villa Simba.
Regardless of the fact that it’s an easy path, you still get the scenic view of Lago Maggiore once you get to the panoramic point called “the belvedere“.
Poggio Radioso, the starting point, is very easy to reach from Villa Simba: 2 minutes by car or 15 minutes walk and you will be there.
To get to Monte San Salvatore you need to follow the H6 path, a short and easy walk through the bush before you get to the panoramic point and admire the 4 lakes: Lago Maggiore, Lago di Monate, Lago di Comabbio and Lago di Varese.
If you are lucky (and not too noisy) you might encounter the beautiful creatures of nature such as deers or roes during the 3 hours return trek.
Tips: please note that there is no restaurant once you get to Monte San Salvatore, so it is suggested that you bring your own food and water during the trekking.
This path will offer you a great view of lakes (on your right) and mountains (on your left), such as Monte Cornaggia and Monte Falò.
It is definitely one of our favorite spots for trekking with our dogs around Lago Maggiore.
A must-see place during your stay at Villa Simba. The starting point is called Poggio Radioso (2 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk from Villa Simba).
Once you reach Poggio Radioso and park your car, take the H2 path to Gignese. Follow it until you reach Alpe Arcobalengo, then cross the tiny street and get the beautiful open path to Gignese.
Along your walk, you will have the chance to admire Lago Maggiore, Lago di Comabbio, Lago di Monate and Lago di Varese, which makes it worth the 3,5 – 4 hours trek effort. Word of Simba.
Tips: please note that there is no restaurant once you get to Gignese, so it is suggested that you bring your own food and water during the trekking.
Monte Falò (1081 mt) is definitely one of the most beautiful and unique spots for trekking that you should visit. The particularity of this place is that it has three peaks or in Italian, they call it ” le tre montagnette” (three little mountains).
This is a perfect place to have a picnic and enjoy the best 360° panoramic view, with Mottarone on your back and is surrounded by the four beautiful lakes; Lago Maggiore, Lago d’Orta, Lago di Varese and Lago di Monate.
The first (harder) option, walking from Poggio Radioso, and get the H2 path which takes you to Gignese. Once you get to Gignese you will find Agriturismo La Miniera then you should cross the bridge and find the path that goes up until you find the sign of Monte Falò to continue going up. It will take around 3 – 4 hours to go (and at least 3 hours to come back).
The second (easier) option is getting your car, drive to Coiromonte which will take around 30 minutes from Villa Simba, and start your trekking from Ristorante Omnidiet. This was it will be really effortless because it will take roughly 40 minutes walking to get to Monte Falò and you get to enjoy one of the prettiest panoramic trekking.
Tips: please note that there is no restaurant once you get to Monte Falò, so it is suggested that you bring your own food and water during the trekking.
Mottarone is one of the highest points (1492 mt) overlooking Lago Maggiore and with no doubt is one of the best trekking spots in the area for its breathtaking view over Lago Maggiore and Lago d’Orta. There is a cable car from Stresa that rides you up to Mottarone, however, if you love the idea of trekking you have 2 different options to do it. The first (harder) option, if you really want to challenge yourself, is to reach Mottarone walking from Poggio Radioso until you get to the hub of all the trekking paths (called “Giogo del Cornaggia”). From there it will take around 5 hours to go (and at least 4 hours to come back). The second (lazier) option is getting your car, drive to Gignese or Stresa and start your trekking from there. This way is less challenging but will take a shorter time and less effort. For more information about Mottarone, just click here.
The so-called “gem of Monterosa“ is one of the best mountain spots you should not miss, just 1-hour driving from Villa Simba.
Once you reach Macugnaga, park your car in the main square of the village, and stroll around to admire the historical Walser architecture, the flowered balconies, the stunning view of Monte Rosa – the Himalayan face of the Alps.
Continue your visit waking to Alpe Burki (1 hour) and Belvedere (a further hour) to get a closer view of the glacier.
If you still have enough energy, you can continue to rifugio Zamboni (1,5 hours from Belvedere).
The good thing about Macugnaga is the chair lift to go up and down from Pecetto, Alpe Burki, and Belvedere. Of course, if you are traveling with your dog, this option is out of the table and you have to “sacrifice” a bit for your furry kid. And don’t forget: tired dogs are happy ones!
In Macugnaga, there is one thing that you absolutely shouldn’t miss! Eat the “famous” Polenta at Alpe Burki, we guarantee it’s the best one in the world! And we suggest you make a reservation if you go there during the weekend.
Alpe Devero is one of the best trekking spots that’s worth a visit if you love mountains.
Just in a bit more than a 1hour drive from Villa Simba, you will find this strikingly beautiful and secluded place. Impossible not to fall in love with these beautiful mountains and prairies.
Once you park the car, get the direction to Crampiolo, one of the most enchanting villages we have ever seen, where you can stop and have your picnic or some good food and a glass of wine in the typical restaurants.
After having a break in the beautiful village, you should visit the lake of witches or keep on walking uphills.