One of the sailboats for your tour, the Alps on the background
Isola Pescatori in front
Isola Madre on the background
another sailboat, the souther view of the lake on the backgorung
The Gulf of Laveno, at sunset.
Hermitage of Santa Caterina from the Lake
The breathtaking location of the monastery
Private SAILBOAT cruise
Santa Caterina del Sasso
This exclusive SAILING day-trip tour will start in Milan where your private driver will meet you at your hotel lobby (or other custom location) , together will leave to Lake Maggiore.
In less than two hours you will reach Laveno, where the professional skipper will welcome you on the sailing boat and you will start the sightseeing sailing, heading to the Fishermen Island facing the charming town of Stresa. The island is a part of the archipelago of the Borromean Islands together with Isola Madre and Isola Bella. The island hosts 35 inhabitants who still live of fishing and tourism on the island. It is characterized by its small building and tiny footpaths. You will have some free time to spend on the boat or at the island for lunch and some walking.
Afterwards, you will get back on the boat and in less than two hour sailing you will reach Leggiuno, a small town where you will meet again your personal driver who will take you in a very short car ride (5 mins) to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso. Reaching the monastery from the parking area, you can either walk down the 268 steps on the panoramic path as the pilgrims used to do or use the elevator built inside the mountain.
The building is perched on the rocky side, between the sky and the water. Originally built in the XII century when Alberto Besozzi, a merchant who survived a shipwreck on the Lake, made a vow to live his life as an anchorite on that small section of the coast. His rests are still inside the building. Here the Blessed Alberto ordered the construction of a chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine of Egypt and which is now visible in the lower part of the Church. This chapel, dating back to the 12th century, was soon joined by another two churches: San Nicola and Santa Maria Nova, which definitely existed from the 14th century.
After the visit, your private driver will collect you and drive back to the Hotel in Milan.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your hotel in Milan area (different location may be agreed)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Suggested departure from 8:00am to 9:00am|
You can customize your tour according to your needs and preferences, our staff would be happy to inform you about different options, alternative routes and site. In case you are interested in a driving-guided tour of Lake Maggiore, you can check our Full Day-Trip