• Lakes
    • Art & Culture
    • Unesco Sites
    • Music and show

Summer 2022: lakeside with friends

Art, culture, and events for summer 2022 in Varese and on the Lombardy shores of Lago Maggiore


Are you thinking of a week away with friends in Lombardy that combines fun at a relaxed pace and the joy of discovering artistic delights, cultural and nature routes and unique events to add some life to summer 2022?  


One of the most interesting and least well-known areas of Lombardy, the Verbano Lombardo, i.e. the western side of Lake Maggiore, will be sure to satisfy your every summer need!


Summer 2022 between art and culture in Varese and the Verbano Lombardo
Before discovering the Lombardy shore of Lake Maggiore, an absolute must-see is Varese, the city on seven hills also known as the 'garden city' where you can immerse yourself in the luscious nature of its stunning parks. Here is where many of the over 200 cultural events and performances presented in the Summer in Varese 2022 guide will take place. 

Throughout the summer up until September, the rooms of the Palazzo Estense and the Estensi Gardens will host opera and light music, drama, panels and conferences as part of the Varese Estense Festival Menotti and the Esterno Notte film festival.


Theatre nights on Sacro Monte
Want an original idea for somewhere to visit? Explore the Sacro Monte di Varese - a devotional complex (consisting of 14 chapels, a sanctuary and a crypt) built on Monte di Velate between 1604 and 1698 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which can also be reached by funicular railway - as part of the Tra Sacro e Sacro Monte travelling theatre festival. The festival travels up the Via Sacra with performances staged on the Terrazza del Mose in the Viale del Santuario, in the Santuario di Santa Maria del Monte, in several chapels, at the Belvedere De Bortoli and in front of the Santuario dei Santi Fermo e Rustico...

If you love history, art and architecture, you should know that the Province of Varese is also home to a number of lesser known World Heritage Sites such as the Isolino Virginia on Lake Varese, an archaeological and environmental area that houses the Municipal Museum of Prehistory, which can be reached by boat from Biandronno. Other sites worth visiting include the Lombard Centre in Castelseprio-Torba and the Monte San Giorgio Palaeontological Complex.


Music and nature on the shore of Lake Maggiore 
For a summer 2022 of discovering the beauty and traditions of the enchanting villages that line the shores of Lake Maggiore, what could be better than a classy soundtrack? Inspired by the classical and jazz music of the Il Lago Cromatico travelling music festival, you can visit Ranco, Somma Lombardo, Cerro di Laveno, Leggiuno, Comabbio and more…  


Lake life: beaches, viewpoints and walks
You will be amazed to discover just how many beaches on the Lombardy shore of Lake Maggiore have clear, clean water where you can take a dip to refresh yourself during this summer's heat! Here you can find stony but also sandy and rocky beaches, fully-equipped stretches of beach of completely natural ones, lesser-known corners hidden within the woods, popular locations for water sports or just somewhere to simply relax and enjoy the panorama... 

Between your trips exploring the shores of Verbano Lombardo, take a pause at one of the many panoramic viewpoints from which you can admire the lake framed by the Prealps. Some of the most accessible viewpoints include the famous Belvedere della Carnella in Luino, the Church of San Rocco in Campagnano, as well as the viewpoints at Punta Granelli in Castelveccana (close to the beach at Cinque Arcate), at Pasque in Brezzo di Bedero and at Cadregùn di Comegna. If, on the other hand, you want to admire a spectacular sunset from Lake Maggiore with your significant other, then the Love Trail in Ispra is the place to go. 


A summer of boat and cable car-based thrills
If you want to combine the magic of nature with the thrill of a cable car ascent, you can reach Sasso del Ferro with the Lago Maggiore cable car, which connects Laveno Mombello to the beautiful forest-covered peak of the Varese Pre-Alps. 

If water is more to your liking, you can choose between one of many excursions and cruises on the lake, with scheduled services provided by Navigazione Lago Maggiore. There are departures and stopovers from Angera, Ispra, Laveno, Luino, Maccagno, Porto Valtravaglia, Ranco and Santa Caterina to visit the Borromean Islands and to admire the coastline of the lower lake, as well as motorboat and ferry crossings across the Verbano for bikes and car

(COVER: @fai-platform)

On the same topic

Lago di Iseo: the pleasant isle

Cars are not allowed on Monte Isola island, where visitors must walk or cycle as they explore the delightfully silent, narrow streets in its villages
  • Lakes
Lago di Iseo: l'amena Monte Isola

Lake Como Itinerary

  • Lakes
Lake Como Itinerary

Botanical garden and lakeside of gardone riviera

Splendid village of Lake Garda, an exceptional place, among botanical gardens and memories linked to Gabriele D'Annunzio.
  • Lakes
Botanical garden and lakeside of Gardone Riviera

Brunate a view on the Belle Époque

Visit the "Balcony on the Alps".
  • Lakes
Outdoor trip to Brunate

Lecco in Spring

In the spring Lake Lecco offers many landscape, historical and architectural ideas, come and visit them!
  • Lakes
Walking among villas, parks and botanic gardens

Lago di Garda: the shadow of D’Annunzio

From the Vittoriale degli Italiani to the fifteenth-century Cathedral in Salò, via the Valle delle Cartiere valley in Toscolano Maderno: all the spectacular sights around Gardone Riviera
  • Lakes
Lago di Garda, lungolago Zanardelli

Lake Maggiore

The Doll Museum. The villages and the districts. Trekking, horse riding and water sports. Advice for experiencing Lake Maggiore
  • Lakes
Vivere il Lago Maggiore

Discover the lakes of Brianza - Greenland

  • Lakes
Laghi Brianza (Ph: shutterstock)

Summer in Lombardy

The best places to see, the most beautiful excursions and lots of ideas for your holiday: discover the territory of Lombardy!
  • Lakes
Live Summer in Lombardy to the fullest

Lakes in Lombardy: 5 unmissable experiences

5 consigli per una giornata indimenticabile: da Gardone Riviera all’Isola Comacina, alle sponde perfette per chi ama la bici
  • Lakes
Laghi in Lombardia autunno

Lago Maggiore Artist’s brushstrokes

Trompe l’oeil frescos, five centuries of pictorial cycles, spontaneous and organised murals: colour is everywhere in and around Laveno Mombello
  • Lakes
Lago Maggiore Pennellate d'artista


Sailing in the lakes of Lombardy with a sailboat is the best choice if you want to enjoy a breezy climate.
  • Lakes


The tourist boast of Luino is the picturesque and folkloristic weekly market.
  • Lakes
The Luino Market

The loveliest island in the Lakes

Visit the islands of the Lombard lakes: a dip in little enchanted worlds.
  • Lakes
The loveliest island in the lakes: Montisola, Isola Comacina, Isola del Garda


Vivere i laghi lombardi in canoa.
  • Lakes

Lago di Garda: castles and legacy

A land of pleasure and invasions, the lower Garda area has a wealth of historic sites, with roots dating back as far as the Bronze age
  • Lakes
Lago di Garda Tra castelli e vestigia

Lake Iseo Photo Gallery

A way to get to know landscapes, places, characteristics and peculiarities of a vast and very varied territory.
  • Lakes
Lake Iseo and Valcamonica from A to Z

Lago di Como: charmingly seductive

Described by Stendhal as ‘voluptuous’, the south-western branch of Lake Como charms with its gardens, villas and breath-taking views.
  • Lakes
Lago di Como: sedotti e affascinati

Explore Lake Idro and its surroundings

At an altitude of four hundred metres, Lake Idro is a place of peace, nature and history, and is the coolest and most secluded of the Lombard lakes
  • Lakes
Explore Lake Idro and its surroundings - in Lombardia

5 Thing-to-do in Colico

The perfect place for your outdoor holiday on Lake Como
  • Lakes
colico cose da fare