Italy: Lago Maggiore Rowing Wellness Retreat


Italy: Lago Maggiore Rowing Wellness Retreat

Duration :   7 Days 6 Nights
Max People :    14
Start Location:   Cannero, Italy
Travel Date :  3 Jun , 2023 - 9 Jun , 2023

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We are running this trip in partnership with Sculling Gear! We are offering a second wellness rowing retreat on Lago di Como in October.

The Most Amazing Rowing

The lakes of northern Italy and southern Switzerland have drawn travellers for centuries. There is a special attraction, an allure that pulls people as if by magic. Now rowers are also being enchanted by the charms of this region. It has cast its spell on us and is one of our favorite places. We have been drawn here every year for some of the most spectacular rowing in the world. Join us and let this region surprise you with its charm and warmth. It will take your breath away with its unparalleled natural beauty. On this rowing wellness retreat discover the pizazz of Italy with the precision of Switzerland, separate countries but bound together by their shared geography, a common language and a long history of welcoming visitors.

Rowing Wellness

We are delighted to offer this combination of rowing and wellness with our friends and partners from  We will dive into the Italian way of life, savoring a week long retreat with targeted health coaching, wellness sessions, great food and wine, and lots of rowing in a bucket-list destination. You’ll go home with an Italian inspired appreciation of the exquisite joy of a variety of delicious, seasonal foods, appreciated in small portions, enjoyed leisurely with friends and family and more kilometers in your rowing legs. La Dolce Vita! The sweet life.

Even More to Enjoy

While the focus is on rowing wellness, we will squeeze in a few cultural and off water activities.  A highlight is a visit to the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto. There are nearly 20,000 plant varieties, representing more than 3,000 species, set among 7 km of paths. It is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. One evening we will participate in a cooking class with a well-known personal chef. The class is held in his home that is an ancient farm house located in the beautiful Ticino Natural Park.

Read some of our blog posts about this trip:

Which Rowing Wellness Retreat in Italy to Choose?

Always Nerve-Racking

Feathering My Oars in a Most Scientific Manner: Women, Rowing and Lago Maggiore

Hemingway, Rowing and Lago Maggiore

Lyons Roars: Novice Oars at 77

Enjoy these videos of past trips!

Check out this video by ScullinGear

Trip Details

Single Supplement$315$395€270
Daily DistancesBoatsGroup Size
10 – 32 km per dayCoastal coxed quadsMinimum group size is 9 guests and maximum is 14 guests.

For non-rowers: We would love to welcome non-rowing companions, if possible. Fully independent non-rowers, who take care of their own transportation and daily activities, are most easily accommodated. A semi-guided program for non-rowing companions may be available and could include walking and sightseeing options. Note that the availability of the program will depend on several factors. Please contact us to discuss.

Included in Price

  • Six nights’ accommodation in a charming lakeside hotel
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches  and 5 dinners (beverages and alcohol not included, with the exception of the welcome drink)
  • Five days of rowing
  • Guide services and tour support. Guided by Catriona Cameron and Luigi Manzo with Chris Coughlan of Sculling Gear.
  • Additional cultural visits and alternate activities for poor weather days

Schedule Details

Day 1

Arrive in Cannero.  There will be one pick up organized from Milan's Malpensa airport plus a train station near the tour region.  Settle into your charming accommodation for the week.  We kick thinks off with a late afternoon boat cruise, enjoying the scenery, sipping Prosecco and nibbling on appetizers.  Meet your guides and support team and get an orientation to the trip.  Back on land, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.  

Day 2

Every day will start with a short wellness session on the outdoor terrace of the hotel.  Stretch and welcome the morning, then gain insights into health eating and lifestyles.  Now for some rowing.  After breakfast we will catch the ferry and head to the rowing club where our boats are waiting for us. Our first excursion carries us south along the eastern shore of Lago Maggiore. We will stop for lunch and a visit in beautiful Calde or Castelveccana.  It is a short walk up to the chapel of Santa Veronica, charming in itself and offering superb views of the lake and it's beautiful setting.  We can see the rowing club across the way near our hotel - off we go, leaving the boats in Cannero, ready for tomorrow's fun. This afternoon you could choose to relax around the pool or head onto a nearby trail for as long a walk as you wish. Another delightful dinner shared together. Anticipated rowing distance – 18 km.

Day 3

Our row today heads north to the town of Cannobio. Of course there is amazing coffee and delicious gelato to enjoy during a stroll through the narrow backstreets and broad waterfront promenade.  There might even be the chance for a little shopping.  We will return for lunch at the hotel. The highlight of the afternoon is a guided visit to the gardens at Villa Taranto in Verbania. The botanical gardens cover 16 hectares and are known to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Tonight dinner will be on your own.  We will help you with the different choices.  Anticipated rowing distance – 13 km.

Day 4

Our plans today are to row south, past the gardens we enjoyed yesterday, then exploring the western most bay of the lake.  Bring a change of clothes - after a light lunch we load into the vans and head to our afternoon and evening cooking class with an Italian chef.  Mamma mia! You’ll eat what you prepare and it will be delicious! Transport back to the hotel - perhaps there will be some snoozing in the van on the way home?

Day 5

From the western corner of Lago Maggiore we will row the boats home to Luino.  The highlight will be passing the famous Isole Borromeo. There are three islands, some with hotels and restaurants, others with pallazo and gardens. Those Italians sure understand the good life.  Of course we think that it is a good life to be rowing in such a beautiful location.  Ferry back to the hotel to enjoy another fine dinner.  

Day 6

For our last day of rowing we have the opportunity to explore a different lake and maybe even row into Switzerland.  No passport required.  Our Luino friends have a base on Lago Lugano at Ponte Tresa.  This is on the Italian part of the lake, but Swiss waters are very close. We can row as much or as little as the group desires. On the way back to Cannero we will stop in Locarno - is Swiss gelato as good as Italian? Then it is time for our farewell dinner at the hotel.  

Day 7

Today we leave Cannero, taking with us beautiful memories, new friends and the secrets of La Dolce Vita.  Benissimo!


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What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Coastal Rowing Shells
  • Cultural Program
  • Guide Services
  • Meals

What's Excluded

  • Flights


  • Centre-based
  • Lakes

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