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The Borromeo's Islands

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Trip at a Glance

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  • Locations

    Stresa, Piedmont, Italy

  • Activities

    Boat Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    €240 EUR per trip
  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    Piedmont, Italy

  • Price Includes

    My guiding.

  • Notes

    A boat fare varies from approx 15 euros for a regular boat trip, to approx 200 euros for a private boat rental. Entrance fees: 20,50 euros per person.


  • Isola Bella was one of the stops for travellers of the Grand Tour, together with Venice, Rome, Florence, Napoli...
  • The palace on Isola Bella was built in a 3-century time frame on a rocky cliff in the middle of the lake.
  • The Borromeo family still own Isola Madre and Isola Bella: this dynasty has existed for 7 centuries!
  • About 40 people still live in the old village on Isola Pescatori (the Fishermen's Island).
  • In 2014 the chief gardener of the Borromeo family was awarded with a prize by the Royal Horticultural Society as "the best gardener in Europe".

Trip Info

The Borromeo’s Islands are three small islands located in Lago Maggiore: Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori that were acquired by the Borromeo family beginning in the 1600s. Both Isola Madera and Bella are still owned by the family today.

During this boat tour, we will begin our exploration with a stop on Isola Bella where we will visit the sumptuous palace and the gorgeous gardens built on ten terraces. Next, we visit the largest of the three islands, Isola Madre where we will see the luxuriant botanical garden, known for its azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, an old wisteria and its rare white peacocks. We will finish off the tour with an exploration of Isola Pescatori, strolling along cobbled streets and through the old fishermen’s village.

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I have been a passionate tour guide since 1996 and I am still enjoying my profession! I love introducing my region to travellers, above all to foreigners because I love speaking English and French. I was born in the same area where I work, so I have a great knowledge of it, but I always adapt my speech to my customers' interests.

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