The Borromean Islands, jewels set in the picturesque Lake Maggiore, offer a magical experience that blends history, art and spectacular scenery. Discover what to do, how to get there and what to see in this fascinating archipelago.

How to get to the Borromean Islands

By boat from Stresa

The most common way to reach the Borromean Islands is by boat, starting from Stresa, a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Numerous tourist boats offer a regular service to Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori.

By private boat

For a more intimate experience, it is possible to charter a private boat. This option allows you to explore the islands at your own pace, while enjoying a privileged view of the lake’s crystal-clear waters.

Isola Bella: The Enchanted Garden

What to do: 

  1. Explore the Borromeo Palace: Admire the sumptuous interiors and works of art of the island’s main residence.
  2. Get lost in the Baroque Gardens: Isola Bella’s Italian-style gardens are a masterpiece, with flowering terraces, fountains and sculptures.
  3. Visit the Grotto of Cupid and Psyche: A secret garden that adds a touch of romance to the visit.

What to See:

  • Hall of the Dutch: A room dedicated to frescoes depicting life on the lake in the 17th century.
  • Napoleon’s Bedroom: The room where Napoleon Bonaparte stayed during his visit in 1805.

Mother Island: Lush Nature

What to do:

  • Explore the Botanical Gardens: Stroll among exotic and rare plants, surrounded by peacocks and parrots.
  • Visit the Palace: Admire the ornate rooms and art collections of the noble residence.
  • Discover the Green Labyrinth: A fascinating plant maze that intrigues visitors of all ages.

What to See:

  • Palazzo Borromeo: An aristocratic residence steeped in history and charm.
  • Marionette Theatre: An open-air theatre where puppet shows are held.

Isola dei Pescatori: Authentic atmosphere

What to do:

  • Stroll through the Streets: Explore the picturesque fishing village with its cobbled streets.
  • Taste the Fresh Fish: Enjoy a delicious seafood dinner in local restaurants.
  • Visit the Church of San Vittore: Admire the frescoes and enjoy a panoramic view from the church tower.

What to see:

  • Church of San Vittore: A Romanesque church with a bell tower overlooking the lake.
  • Porto Vecchio: The island’s picturesque harbour with its traditional fishing boats.

Exploring the Borromean Islands is an unforgettable experience that will take you to a world of charm and beauty. From historic palaces to enchanting gardens, each island offers a unique chapter in this fascinating history. 

Ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Lake Maggiore? Enjoy your trip!


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