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Lake Maggiore from aboveLombardia, Italy

The lakes region in northern Italy is a magnet for the rich and famous. George Clooney lives here, along with Madonna and Richard Branson, but if you want to at least travel like the elite, hop aboard a private helicopter for a flight over Lake Maggiore.

Straddling Italy and Switzerland, this winding waterway stretches for 64.37 km (40 mi) between the Alps. It’s a region known by the aristocracy as Europe’s Garden, filled with drop dead gorgeous villages, terraced gardens and lake front villas. From up high, you’ll catch stunning views of the blue waters of Maggiore and nearby Lake Orta.  The tiny Borromee Islands are an impressive sight, filled with grand palaces and gardens that rise from the lake.

Finish the trip in style, aperitif in hand, atop the 1492m high peak of Mottarone, while soaking up breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps and Mount Rose.

It'll give you a taste of the high life.


get there

Flights depart from Milan or Como (an hour’s drive north of Milan)

US$750

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