Camping on Lake Maggiore is a great choice whatever the season, as the region's climate is mild in both summer and winter. This is evidenced by, inter alia, the fact that rare and exotic plants grow in many gardens scattered around the surrounding villages. The most famous are the Borromean and Brissago gardens, the Villa Taranto in Verbania and the Alpinia Botanical Garden on Stresa.
Lake Maggiore is the longest lake in Italy (although Garda has a larger area), with a very winding shape. The landscape of the lake is very varied – while the upper end is purely alpine, the middle region lies between the gentler hills and the lower end runs to the edge of the Lombardy plain.
The jagged shores of the lake surround the Pennine and Lepontine Alps and the Lugano Prealps. The visible peaks around the lake are Gridone, Monte Tamaro, Monte Nudo and Mottarone. The highest mountain overlooking Lake Maggiore is Monte Rosa (4634 meters). The western shore is in Piedmont (Novara and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola provinces) and the eastern shore in Lombardy (Varese province), while its northernmost stretch extends 13 kilometers to the Canton of Ticino, where it is its lowest point above sea level.
Lake Maggiore has a humid and subtropical climate. In winter, the lake helps keep the region warmer (water releases heat more slowly than air), which enjoys nearly 2,300 hours of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature of 15.5°C. The water in the lake also has a comfortable temperature of 20-22°C in July and August.
The lake area is dominated by typical Mediterranean vegetation. Lemon, olive and laurel trees grow here, and in the surrounding hills there are also yews, holly and chestnut trees. The lake is home to many species of waterfowl, and is also an important corridor and feeding place for migratory birds.