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 10 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 Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet you in any of the hotels of the centre of Stresa or Baveno, from there we will walk to the main pier. If you are staying in any other hotel in the area of Lago Maggiore, or if you come to Stresa from Milan or Como, the meeting point will be at the main pier of Stresa (piazza Marconi - in front of the Tourist Information Office).
End location: Main pier in Stresa (piazza Marconi) or Baveno (depending on departure place).
Duration: 6 hours
Please note that this tour is possible only during the opening season of Isola Bella and Isola Madre (in 2018 from March 23rd to October 21st).
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 tourists.
My guiding for the visit of Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 euro - Per person entrance fees to Isola Bella and Isola Madre + per person public boat fare (unless you prefer booking a private boat) + landing fee of the "Comune di Stresa" (0,50 per person per island).
Boat fare, entrance fee, landing fee, lunch
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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Very informative but straight to the point. Daniela gave us a tour of the Boromean Islands. She arranged for a private boat transfer which made the day flow flawlessly. Her English is perfect and we had a great time. At the end of the tour she gave us ideas of what to do next. Overall a great tour guide. Highly recommended.