Concierge.com's insider take:
Despite its stately bearing, grand hotels, formal gardens, and fringe of mountains, Maggiore is not highly rated by the lake cognoscenti. To unlock the lake's charm, explore its picturesque and busy central parts and southern reaches by boat, using the extensive network of ferries for short visits before retiring to its calmer shores. One of the most popular attractions is Rocco Borromeo castle in Angera on the southeastern shore. Don't miss the tiny Santa Caterina del Sasso, a wonderful church that seems to grow out of the mountainside.