Le isole

Isole Borromee

Isola Superiore dei Pescatori - Fishermen Island owes its name to the particular and primary activity of its inhabitants. The charm of this island is due to its archaic simplicity and rustic innocence of houses and narrow streets that pass through, making the island one of the most romantic places of the lake. Not to miss are the restaurants that offer the opportunity to taste the fish from the lake.

Isola Bella - built from 1632, the palace and gardens of Isola Bella are the most important attraction of Lake Maggiore. During the visit of the Palace Barromeo you may admire the ground floor to the upper floors, many richly furnished rooms, the pomp of any kind. In the gardens which have a height of 37 meters (with 10 decks), there are plants of all kinds and from all sources that make this garden a fantastic example of Italian gardens of the time; the pyramidal arrangement of gardens, certainly unique, decorated with fountains and flower beds.

Isola Madre - it's the largest of the Borromeo islands and more characteristic for the experienced, quiet and enchanting atmosphere: a garden of rare plants and exotic flowers where white peacocks, parrots and pheasants live free: all species that create the magic of a tropical land. Isola Madre is particularly famous for the blooming of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. The palace of the sixteenth century, interesting atmosphere for the reconstruction of the time as well as for its art collections of porcelain dolls was opened to the public in 1978. Outstanding the exposure of "Teatrini delle Marionette" (Puppet theaters) of XVII - XIX century.


Pallavicino Villa Pallavicino

The park of Villa Pallavicino is located on the southern part of Stresa, along the state road to Arona. You will spend an unforgettable day in one of the most charming places of Lake Maggiore, amidst century-old trees, wonderful flowers and more than 40 species of mammals and exotic birds (lamas, kangaroos, zebras, beavers, flamingos and parrots).
The villa is surrounded by an English garden, famous for the wide variety and beauty of its plants and the charming view of the lake and the Swiss mountains, which create a breathtaking background.
Taranto Villa Taranto

If you are in the vicinity of Lake Maggiore, Villa Taranto and its gardens famous anywhere in the world are worth a visit of at least a couple of hours (for those visitors who are really in a hurry).
The present appearance of the Villa Taranto garden is not spontaneous, but is the result of a long work, carried out over time and started by Captain McEacharn in 1931.
Entering the gardens of Villa Taranto, with its plants coming from any parts of the world and rare collections, is like travelling to some faraway country.
Santa Caterina Santa Caterina del sasso

The hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is located in the municipality of Leggiuno.
The hermitage, a monastic complex dating back to the 13th century, clings to a rock sheer to one of the deepest points of Verbano.
Art and history are perfectly mingled in this charming natural scenario, similar to a balcony overlooking the Borromee islands.

Il castello di Angera

This castle is considered one of the most important of the Verbano area and is located on a hill above the small city of Angera.
It was built in the medieval period and its typical 13th – 14th century defensive features can still be admired. The Justice room is also worth a visit. This large room is characterised by an important series of frescoes devoted to the signs of the zodiac.
The Museum of dolls and the archaeological museum, with finds coming from the area of Angera and dating back to the period from the Mesolithic to the Roman time, both located in the castle, can be visited from March to October.

Orta Orta San Giulio

The island is located about 400 m from the shore. Most of its surface is covered by the Seminary, built in 1844 on the ruins of the ancient castle tower.
St. Julius’ Basilica is worth a visit. It is open every day from 09.30 a.m. (11.00 a.m. on Mondays) to 12.15 and from 02.00 p.m. to 05.45 p.m. (06.45 in summer time).

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