Lake Maggiore, also known as Verbano, is a lake that straddles the canton of Ticino, Piedmont and Lombardy. With a surface area of 212km2, a length of 64.37km and an average width of 5km, it is the largest of the lakes in the area, from which it also gets its name “maggiore” or “greater”. Its perimeter is 170km.
Located at 193 metres above sea level with a maximum depth of 372m, Lake Maggiore is the lowest point in all of Switzerland. Curiously, from the Ascona-Locarno region, and more specifically from Cardada-Cimetta, it is possible to see both the lowest and highest points in Switzerland at the same time (Punta Dufour, at 4,633 metres above sea level). Of the 212km2 of the lake’s surface, almost a fifth is located in Switzerland. Many towns and villages overlook it on both sides: Brissago, Ronco sopra Ascona, Locarno, Muralto, Minusio, Tenero-Contra, Magadino, Gambarogno, Vira, San Nazzaro, Gerra, Ronco, Caviano and Dirinella.