The monastery Santa Caterina del Sasso is built into a steep rock face just over the Lake Maggiore. It can be reached by passenger boats operated by Navigazione Lago Maggiore.
The botanic gardens of Villa Taranto in Intra are well worth a visit . The gardens were established 1931-1940 by Neil McEacharn who bought an existing villa and its neighbouring estates, cut down more than 2000 trees and undertook substantial changes to the landscape, including the addition of major water features employing 8km of pipes in order to create his own gardens. He set the name “Villa Taranto” in honour of his ancestor Etienne Jacques Joseph Alexandre MacDonald, named Duke of Taranto by Napoleon.
Luino is across the Lake Maggiore and can be reached by boat on an hourly basis. The town is famous for its Wednesday market which equally attracts travelling salesmen and shoppers.
Mergozzo at Lake Mergozzo is a hidden gem and offers a picturesque old town as well as a handful of innovative restaurants. The Villas of Pallanza just around the corner are also worth visiting.