On March 18th, 2016 the Borromeo Islands will be open again to the public. Also this year, after the classic winter closure period, Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Rocca di Angera will be open to the public from March 18th to October 23rd, 2016 from 9:00 am to 17:30 pm (last entry). Surrounded by the wonderful waters of Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands are a precious lake archipelago rich in flora and fauna. Beloved by Ernest Hemingway and the favorite destination of the British Royal Family, the archipelago is formed by the monumental Isola Bella hosting the seventeenth century Borromeo Palace and its spectacular gardens, the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori, Isola Madre – known for its botanical garden rich of rare plants – by Isolino of San Giovanni, in front of Pallanza and the Marghera rock.
Isola Madre and Isola Bella, also known as “the sisters”, are favorite destinations for tourists, who come to visit them for the splendid palaces and gardens, famous for the care and the variety of their plant architectures, that include more than two thousand varieties of different species.
On the Isola Bella the Palazzo Borromeo enchants the visitors with its beautiful rooms and the garden full of exotic plants.
The only permanently inhabited island is the Isola dei Pescatori, also known as Isola Superiore, which stands in front of Stresa. The narrow, whitewashed streets and the typical market where you can buy local handicraft products are greatly appreciated by tourists and summer (during August) go there to witness the procession of fishing boats illuminated that carry the statue of the Assunta around the Isle.
The little island of San Giovanni and the seventeenth-century Palazzo Borromeo are private and not open to visitors. It has been for many years residence of the famous conductor Arturo Toscanini.
Little worlds, enchanting landscapes, but also history and art, enrich these lands and make the lake a magical place, as defined by the French poet Montesquieu “the most beautiful place in the world”.