Magical and luxuriant islands
Among the beauties of this lake there are its 11 islands, of which 8 in Piedmont and 1 in Lombardy. Between Stresa and Verbania, the archipelago of the Borromean Islands with Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori is of great charm.
In Lake Maggiore there are many large, small or tiny islands, divided between the 8 of Piedmont, the 2 of Switzerland and the only one in Lombardy, for a total of 11.
Also characteristic are the three rocks called Castelli di Cannero with the remains of the Vitaliana fortress commissioned by Count Ludovico Borromeo. Not to be missed then in addition to the islet of La Malghera and the Isolino Partegora. The beautiful Isolino di San Giovanni in front of Verbania, where, in the seventeenth-century Palazzo Borromeo, lived Arturo Toscanini for a long time. Lake Maggiore an idea of travel between Lombardy and Piedmont.
In the 14th century the Borromeo, powerful feudal lords of the area but originating in San Miniato, became owners of the islands and thus began their transformation.
Even today the family still has Isola Bella and Isola Madre, in addition to the three rocks that emerged known as Castelli di Cannero due to the ruins of medieval fortifications.
The Isola dei Pescatori is the only one permanently inhabited, even if by a small community, while the two “sister” islands are sought after by tourists who admire the two splendid palaces and their gardens, famous throughout Europe for the quality of the landscape .
The variety of plant architectures, composed of over 2000 varieties of different species.
In the Isola Madre there is also a large fauna of oriental birds, such as white peacocks, golden pheasants and parrots, free in the splendid garden. Borromean Islands – visit the pearls of Lake Maggiore.
Isola Bella instead has a garden that, cleverly designed over the centuries, has multi-colored blooms throughout the year, rotating among the various floral species (roses, orchids, bulbous plants, magnolias, orchards, azaleas, gardenias, wisteria). Borromean Islands – visit the pearls of Lake Maggiore