Enthralling, fascinating, charming, alluring, captivating – perhaps these words are still not adequate to describe Lake Maggiore. All I can say, is that nothing could prepare me for that first glance at this breath taking scene unwrapping before me. Cobalt blue water, crisp fresh air, beautiful end of the 19th century villas bathing in the sun, being residence to Europe’s rich and famous. Situated on the south side of the Alps, it is shared by Italy’s Lombardy and Piedmont regions, as well as Switzerland’s Ticino canton. Maggiore is the longest lake in Italy, though Lake Garda is bigger. The picturesque surroundings are complemented by the beautiful mountains.