The three Borromeo's Islands
At a short distance from Milan, the Borromeo's Islands are the highlight of a stay at Lago Maggiore.
Isola Bella will surprise you with its somptous baroque palace and its terraced Italian-style gardens. On Isola Madre the atmosphere is more authentic, with a luxuriant English-style botanical garden; in the villa, you will have fun admiring a collection of marionettes and little theaters.
Isola Pescatori is the more lively, with its many little shops and cafés, but if we get there in the late afternoon, we can still experience the life of an ancient village, with the coloured fishermen's houses protecting their baroque little church.
By booking this tour you'll only pay only for my guiding: this means that you can decide for a method of transportation depending on your budget.
***Customize - I can create a customized tour for you in case of special requests or you're more than 10 people.
The boat ride from Stresa to Isola Madre will last about 20 min.
We'll spend about 1 hr and a half there, visiting a luxuriant English-style botanical garden and the villa in the middle of it.
Then a boat ride from Isola Madre to Isola Pescatori (5 min. ), a visit to the church and the village and some free time for lunch and shopping.
The transfer to Isola Bella is only 3 minutes. We'll spend about 2 hrs on this island, visiting the wealthy baroque palace and its terraced gardens. You will have some time for shopping here, as well.
By booking this tour, you will only pay for my guiding, boat transportation is not included. This allows you to decide to use a private boat or the regular ferry.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 6 hours
DEAR TRAVELER, BEFORE YOU GO ON READING, I'D LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT, DUE TO THE SITUATION RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC, ALL MY TOURS WILL HOPEFULLY BE AVAILABLE STARTING FROM APRIL 14, 2020. PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT ALL HOTELS IN MY AREA ARE PLANNING TO STAY OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 2020! I'LL UPDATE MY PROPOSALS AND MY TOURS ACCORDINGLY, AS SOON AS WE ARE SURE ABOUT THAT.
Public ferry boats of the regular service. Boats leave regularly from the main pier in Stresa or Baveno, then every hour from/to each island. We'll share the boat with other travellers.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 EUR - Boat fare, entrance ticket and lunch can be paid by credit card also
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I am not a professional driver. I can arrange for a separate car and driver or accompany you in your vehicle.
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As a family of 10 we had two tours with Daniella and enjoyed her very much. Very knowledgeable, good English and sense of humor. Our grandchildren enjoyed her as well...big endorsement! Very flexible and energetic. We would highly recommend her!