Isola Bella – Isola Pescatori – Isola Madre

The best way to admire these picturesque landscapes is a day exploring the Borromean Islands and the charming towns of Lake Maggiore on a boat provided by Summer Boats.

The islands of the Borromean Gulf stand elegantly and magical in front of Baveno and Stresa, in the crystal clear waters of Lake Maggiore. This is a small archipelago in one of the most beautiful parts of this lake.

For detailed information on visits and to purchase entrance tickets to the Islands, please visit the official website.

ISOLA BELLA (Bella Island)
ISOLA PESCATORI (Fishermen Island)
ISOLA MADRE (Mother Island)

the most striking of the islands, is occupied almost entirely by the XVII century monumental Baroque Palazzo Borromeo, built by Carlo III Borromeo for his wife, Isabella D’Adda (hence, the name given to the island), with its plush surroundings and wonderful manicured Italian gardens consisting of 10 terraces sloping down towards the lake, which occupy the south western part of the island.

The building houses paintings by Luca Giordano, Annibale Carracci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Francesco Zuccarelli, and Pieter Mulier and is full of surprises: artificial tufa caves that can be accessed by a spiral staircase.

the first island to host a human settlements. Situated on this island there is a picturesque old fishing village with its characteristic multi-storey houses with long balconies used for drying fish. Along the narrow, winding streets, takes place the lives of about 50 islanders who make a living on fishing and tourism.

the largest of the three islands, with its enchanting atmosphere, is the setting for a rich botanical garden with rare plants and exotic flowers where white peacocks, parrots and pheasants live in freedom. Within its gardens, you will find the largest specimen of European Cypress of the Kashmir that is more than 200 years old, as well as countless azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, ancient wisteria, hibiscus, and Ginkgo Biloba.

You can also visit the XVI century Palazzo Borromeo with its rich collection of liveries, dolls, and porcelain objects. Overall, you will be able to admire beautiful interiors enriched by breathtaking gardens, which create an impact of great sophistication appreciated by the most demanding tourists.

Borromeo Islands Tour

Isola Bella – Isola Pescatori – Isola Madre

Sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso
Locarno and Ascona
Cannero and Cannobio
Angera, Laveno and Luino
Stresa, Belgirate, Meina

Rising on a narrow ledge jutting out over the lake, down a side street, the sanctuary can be reached via a long staircase. However, arriving at the sanctuary by lake, seeing from afar the arches of the portico among the candor of the limestone rock onto which the monastery is perched, is considerably more impressive.

These Swiss towns, which overlook Lake Maggiore, can be reached in a short distance of time. Tours, leisure activities, and events are right at your fingertips with boats provided by Summer Boats, and you’ll also avoid the automobile traffic along the streets of the border.

These are the main towns that divide the capital of Verbania from the Swiss border of Lake Maggiore. These are the main towns that divide the capital of Verbania from the Swiss border of Lake Maggiore. A visit is recommended because of their special atmosphere, weekly markets, and the lakefront during every season.

Sunny and elegant, Pallanza is right in front of the Borromean Gulf. he shows and temporary exhibits in Villa Giulia and the Museo del Paesaggio (Landscape Museum) in Palazzo Viani-Dugnani enrich what is offered on a cultural level. Equally important are Villa S. Remigio and Villa Taranto with its Botanical Gardens that are among the most known and visited in Europe.

The province of Novara looks over Lake Maggiore with Arona being the home of the famous Colossus of St. Carlo, 23.40 meters high, depicting the Cardinal St. Carlo Borromeo. From here you can this you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore.

he province of Varese overlooks across the entire eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, in particular, with the Rock of Angerawhich is one of the most important medieval remains that is still well-preserved today and house the Doll and Toy Museum, the only of its kind in Italy and among the most important in Europe. Laveno, instead, faces the village of Intra in Verbania and, further north is Luino, near the Swiss border.

In front of the Borromean Gulf, home to international conferences in lush hotel complexes, and to the Stresa and Lake Maggiore Music Weeks, Stresa is also an ideal starting point for summer excursions to the Mottarone or for winter skiing activities and the Alpine Botanical Garden. The towns that follow and lead to lower Lake Maggiore towards Arona are each characterized by unique atmospheres and are all quite charmingo.

The soul of the provincial capital, with its narrow streets full of stores for shopping, the Basilica of St. Vittore, and the old wrought iron pier with its Art Nouveau and Neoclassical styles.

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