Borromean Islands


In 1632 Count Vitaliano Borromeo began construction of the monumental Baroque palace and the splendid Italian gardens. Work continued for several decades. The gem of Lake Maggiore will stun you with its unique beauty.




Isola Madre is the largest of the islands on Lake Maggiore and features an eighteenth century palace surrounded by an extensive garden where nature reigns supreme. It contains numerous plants from all over the world. 




Known also as Isola Superiore, fishing was the main activity of the inhabitants of this island. The medieval houses, the bell tower and the church are all very picturesque. There is a wide choice of restaurants and snack bars, all in a tranquil almost fairy-tale atmosphere.



Isola di San Giovanni

The island was the residence of Arturo Toscano: it is not open to the public but it can be admired from the lake with Lagomaggioreboat.





Villa Taranto

The botanic garden is the creation of the Scot Neil McEacharn, who bought the villa with gardens in 1931. Today it has a vast botanical collection comprising 1000 non-indigenous plants and approximately 20000 varieties of species of particular botanical interest. Handy bus and car park and lake landing stage.




One of the most popular and well-known places on the Lake. Its tourist development goes back to the 1800s with construction of the big hotels in art nouveau style. Villa Pallavicino has a small zoological garden, in addition to the botanic gardens, and can be clearly seen from the Lake. 




Internationally known for its high-quality granite. It has been a tourist centre since the 1800s, and was visited by distinguished figures such as Queen Victoria, Churchill, Byron and Wagner. 






Formed in 1939 by amalgamating various hamlets, including Suna, Pallanza and Intra, into one single municipality: it is now the capital of the province of Verbano Cusio Ossola.





Santa Caterina del Sasso

The hermitage of Santa Caterina is a complex of stone buildings of great charm, with a beautiful view over the Gulf of Borromeo. It has been recently restored and the inside, containing important frescoes covering the period1300-1600, is also open to the public. Visitors can also buy the products home-made by the monks who currently inhabit the hermitage.



The markets

Typical Italian markets are held weekly in the various towns around Lake Maggiore. The main ones are: - Stresa: Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; - Intra: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.; - Cannobio: Sundays until 2.30 p.m. These markets can be easily reached from anywhere on the Lake.




The most scenic route to Switzerland, via the famous lakes of Locarno, Ascona and the islands of Brissago, is by following the shore of the Lake with Lagomaggioreboat, admiring the castle ruins of Cannero, period villas and breathtaking views. 





A quiet town nestling in the shadow of its medieval castle, Rocca Borromeo, which is open to the public and only a short distance from the landing stage.





As you approach it from the Lake, you get a marvellous view of its old town centre dominated by the statue of San Carlo Borromeo which is 23 m high and the second highest in the world after the Statue of Liberty in New York.





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