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Tour 3 Borromean islands

3 Islands Tour Ticket (Bella, Pescatori and Madre)


Tour 3 Borromean islands



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Reservation not compulsory, show up on site (Baveno Vb Pzza 4 November) with the ticket. Ticket valid from 19 March to 29 October 2023


In the following order isola Madre, isola Bella, isola Pescatori departure every 30 minutes between 9.45 and 11.45 (last return at 17/18)

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-The mother island is only included in the 3-island coupon
– Entrance fees to palaces and gardens not included
-In case of bad weather the service will not be provided
– It is possible that the municipal landing tax of 50 cents for each island may be requested on site
-Cost for each dog on board: €3.00 for each tour.


Nature and landscape frame the Borromean Islands, a meeting place for different cultures of the Renaissance era2. The visits allow you to get to know these places, full of charm and history, among fishing villages, well-kept gardens, flowering plants and terraces that slowly slope down towards the lake and offer a breathtaking view.

Isola Bella (Bella 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.

Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen Island), 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.

Isola Madre (Mother Island), 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.

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