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Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

1. Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

Discovery of the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori, the only one of the Borromean Islands inhabited all year round. Explore its many charming alleys and stop to taste the typical dishes of the lake at one of the numerous restaurants. Then continue to Isola Bella, the queen of the Borromean Islands, where, in addition to the beautiful ancient village full of typical craft shops, you can decide to visit the Palazzo Borromeo with its wonderful gardens and peacocks ready to be photographed.

Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

2. Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

Your special walking tour begins right in the center of Cannobio, which is a little gem on Lake Maggiore. Your meeting point will be at 5:30PM in the old town. Whilst walking through its narrow streets you will learn of old traditions, curious stories, legends, and even of a miracle! The tour is designed to show you different points of interest of this ancient lake town, and continues on with a guided visit to the Sanctuary of S. Pietà on the stunning lakefront. At the conclusion of the tour, a very welcome aperitif complete with a lake view awaits all the tour participants!

Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

3. Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

Depart from the resort town of Stresa on a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the beautiful coastline to discover the lesser-known corners of Lake Maggiore. Admire architectural masterpieces such as "Villa Amalia Bernocchi" in Empire style, "Villa Carlottina Margherita" in Liberty style, "Villa Excelsior Niobe" in Castellano style, "Villa Vignolo Domus" and the most famous "Villa Pallavicino". Sailing away from the coast of Stresa, move in the direction of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, which perched on a sheer rock face overlooking the lake is undoubtedly one of the most evocative scenarios of Lake Maggiore. Take unique photographs and enjoy a tour of the lake outside the classic itineraries but no less fascinating and rich in history.

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.

Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

5. Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on this Borromean Gulf cruise and admire the area’s sights and scenery from the water. Pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. Marvel at the Borromeo Palace. Leave from Stresa towards Isola Madre, famous for its gardens with tropical blooms and for its villa that will leave you speechless. After having made a complete tour around the island, head towards the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island), the only island to be permanently inhabited all year round. Spot a set of ancient houses rich in history. Finish off your cruise with a tour of Isola Bella from the water. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the memorable gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

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

6. 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.

From Stresa: Lake Maggiore Cruise & Santa Caterina del Sasso

7. From Stresa: Lake Maggiore Cruise & Santa Caterina del Sasso

Explore Lake Maggiore and the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso at your own pace with a private boat service from Stresa or Baveno. Admire the beautiful scenery and visit one of the most famous site on Lake Maggiore, Hermitage of santa caterina del sasso. Admire historical villas and get stunning panoramas on a scenic cruise from Stresa before landing on Hermitage. Enjoy a scenic and relaxing sightseeing cruise from Stresa town admiring the splendid villas of stresa (Villa Pallavino, Villa Bernocchi, Villa Excelsior Niobe ).Raised on the raw rock wall, on the "wild" Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore, the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is reflected in its deep waters. The tour includes departure from Stresa Piazza Marconi Imbarcadero, or upon request from other neighboring towns. We will reach the monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso and observe the natural beauty of its position, between rock and lake, which is made even more picturesque by the three buildings that the composition and by the cycles present in the chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina and in the two internal churches, the Church of Santa Maria Nuova and San Nicola.

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4.6 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Wonderful experience- highly recommend! Easy to hop off the boat to the islands & spend as much time as you like exploring and then hop back on as a boat comes every hour on the hour to the same drop off location.

A little hard to find the meeting location, it’s a light yellow flag on the water front. Boats were frequent and easy to hop on and off! Well worth It, we loved the islands

Admission to the castle and park on Isola Bella is quite expensive at €20 for adults and €11 for children (up to and including 15 years), but still recommendable.

Very good reception by the service providers. Regular shuttles (we waited at most 5 minutes to get one). The 2 islands are different but interesting.

Boats we scheduled came every 30 minutes. Were never crowded even for August. The ride was really fun.