From Stresa, in a few minutes by boat, you can reach the Borromean Islands.
The main island of the Lake Maggiore is the Isola Madre, described by Gustave Flaubert as "Earthly Paradise". Here is the famous Villa Borromeo, who boasts a botanical garden among the oldest in Italy, much visited for flowering azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias.
The building stands on an ancient Roman fortress and environments reminiscent of the lifestyle of the sixteenth century, with valuable collections of liveries, dolls, porcelain and the puppet theater.
The Isola Bella (Beautiful Island), named in honor of Isabella D'Adda, wife of Prince Charles Borromeo III, is distinguished by the characteristic shape that resembles a ship anchored in the waters of the lake.
Green as an emerald and impressive for his manicured gardens, you will be dazzled from the lake front of Stresa.
The island has a baroque palace that still contains tapestries, antique furniture and paintings of great artistic value.
Large halls decorated, lavish crystal chandeliers and marble columns framing the windows overlooking a truly unique view.
Borromeo Palace can be visited from March to October, when the gardens offer a profusion of flowers of all kinds.
Enchanting winding streets, ancient alleyways, sudden glimpses, small shops and traditional restaurants, is the Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen Island), a real fishing village which still retains the charm. Only 300 meters long and just 100 wide, a once wild and inhabited only by fishermen, it tightens around the bell tower of St. Victor, which stands as the mast of a ship. Characteristic are the restaurants that offer the opportunity to taste the delicious fish specialties.
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