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Isola Madre

Isola Madre: Our most recommended tours and activities

Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

1. Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

With this hop-on hop-off boat tour you can explore the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands. The exclusive boat service travels between Stresa and the 3 Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. This tour allows you to travel at your own pace – you can leave the boat at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue. The tour is one of the most used services for reaching the amazing locations of the Borromean Islands and Lake Maggiore. The modern and comfortable boats take you to the most stunning and characteristic places on Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands, and Stresa. Ideal for those who like the freedom to travel at their own pace, this tour allows you to simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake.

Stresa: Madre & Bella Borromean Islands Boat Trip

2. Stresa: Madre & Bella Borromean Islands Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Stresa and discover two of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore. First, visit Isola Madre which is the farthest island from Stresa. Explore the island which is famous for its botanical gardens. See the free-living birdlife and admire the peacocks and pheasants who stroll calmly through the gardens. Discover the unique plants of the island, such as the famous Cashmere tree. You can also visit the villa with its puppet collection. Next, continue the tour to Isola Bella, most famous for its palace, splendid caves, and Italian-style gardens. Admire the views from the famous terraces, enjoy some shopping in the elegant boutique stores, or visit the local handicraft market, before returning to Stresa.

Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

3. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

Navigate the waters of Lake Maggiore with your group of family or friends on a sunset cruise from Stresa. Explore the Borromean Gulf admire the sights and scenery from the water as you pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. The boat you use throughout this activity is suitable for small groups of people for parties or a romantic getaway with your partner. Larger groups can also be accommodated inside of the boat, protected from the weather while still being able to enjoy wide views of the lake through the boat's large windows and open terrace area. Finish off your cruise with a tour of the most famous Island, Isola Bella from the lake view. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the Italian gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

4. Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

Explore a Borromean Island of your choice with a return boat transfer from Stresa. Take as much time as you want to see the sights before returning. Meet the boat directly at your hotel's dock and embark on a scenic ride across Lake Maggiore. Choose one of the islands to discover: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, or Isola Madre. Relax on the boat and take in scenic views of the lake as you sail to the island. Stay and see the sights as long as you want, your boat will be waiting for you when you're done.

From Stresa: Isola Madre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

5. From Stresa: Isola Madre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

Discover the beauty of Isola Madre on a convenient Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa. Admire dazzling natural scenery dotted with azaleas and ancient vine trellises. Visit the attractions of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore at your leisure. Enjoy frequent boat service every 30 minutes so you can explore Isola Madre's attractions. Check out its spectacular botanical garden (not included), photograph its splendid white peacocks, and more with a convenient Hop-On Hop-Off Boat ticket.

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What people are saying about Isola Madre

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 967 reviews

The backpacker recommends going first to Isla Bella before madre but the boat no longer passes in the afternoon after 2 p.m. with the yellow and blue company that we had taken. So we had to do madre first. The visit is the most beautiful we have done. Much more charming than Bella, which remains oriented more towards the palace than the garden, even if it is also very beautiful. We had to wait 1 hour for a boat to arrive, whereas with other companies there were 3 that passed before ours arrived…

Very nice experience, the view of the lake is splendid and the islands are incredible: this is the watchword of the trip! Do not hesitate to visit all the islands in every nook and cranny, it's sublime. On the other hand, there are different companies for taxi boats so be attentive and reactive, it is not always well indicated :-)

A convenient way to visit three islands in lake Maggiore in about 5 to 6 hours to see the parks and the palaces of the Borromeo family. The transportation is pretty efficient and waiting in the queues is not too long. Nice restaurants are available on several islands.

It should be made clear that, once landed on the mother island, it is mandatory to pay to visit it. It is not like the fishermen's island and the beautiful one, where you can walk and where there are stalls.

Reception on the port exchange of easy tickets. On the other hand, arriving at 2 p.m. we were only able to do 2 out of 3 islands, too bad. Magnificent excursion which is really worth the detour +++