Located just an hour’s drive from Milan, the Piedmontese side of Lake Maggiore reveals several of its treasures, including the Borromean Islands.
A single itinerary combining taste, history, culture and an out-of-town trip, possibly on the banks of a lake to fully enjoy the beauty of a summer’s day? Located just a short distance from Milan, fantasy becomes reality at the Borromean Islands, three historical, natural treasures owned by the aristocratic Borromeo family, which can be visited from March to October. Among these, one of the most notable is Isola Bella. In addition to its lush, terraced Italianate gardens hosting the majestic ‘Teatro Massimo’ adorned with obelisks and the statues, the island, which is easily accessible by boat from Stresa, is home to the regal residence of Palazzo Borromeo. This striking Baroque palace boasts more than 20 rooms featuring original furnishings, armour and over 130 works of art that can be admired thanks to guided tours.
From Stresa, you can head to Isola Superiore, also known as Isola dei Pescatori. Measuring just 350 meters in length, this tiny island with its narrow, picturesque cobbled streets is the only inhabited island of the three.
Thanks to its abundance of fresh fish, visitors to the island can sample local lake fish specialities at any one of the island’s numerous lakeside trattorias. Just a little further on, you’ll be enchanted by the exotic beauty of Isola Madre, whose lush vegetation, rare botanical species and brightly-coloured bird-life offer the ideal landscape for nature lovers in search of a break dedicated to outdoor relaxation.