1. Italy
  2. Lake Maggiore
  3. Cannobio
  4. Borromean Islands

Lake Maggiore: Guided Tour of the 3 Borromean Islands

Product ID: 218979
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Discover the beauty of the Borromean Islands with a full-day guided tour of Lake Maggiore. Take a relaxing cruise to the islands of Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella.
About this activity
Duration 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, German, Italian
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  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Maggiore
  • Visit the Borromean Palaces and botanical gardens on Isola Madre
  • Stroll thorugh the splendid Baroque gardens of Isola Bella
  • Learn the history of the Borromeo family
  • Take in phenomenal views
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Meet your guide in Cannobio on the promenade along Cannobia VB. From there, make your way to the shore and board your private boat. Cruise south towards the village of Stresa. Take in the scenic views of the colorful houses resting upon the rocky of shores of Stresa.

Stop at Isola Madre and stroll through its botanic gardens. The garden's green slopes offer a stunning variety of flowers, plants, fruits, and vegetables to admire. Walk through the shady boulevards. Pause to reflect at the overflowing ponds adorned with lilies and lotus flowers.

Get a taste for the courtly life with a visit to Isola Madre’s splendid palazzo. Learn about the history of the Borromean family from your knowledgable guide. Explore the stately rooms of the ornate Borromeo residences. See the furniture, portraits, and tapestries that belonged to the prestigious Borromeo family. Be sure to see the marionette theater which houses puppet versions of the family, as well as a diorama of hell complete with skeletons and demons.

Next have a delightful lunch at the smallest Borromean Island, Isola dei Pescatori. Walk the winding streets of this small village of 50 inhabitants. See the multi-story homes of the island with their characteristic long balconies used to dry fish.

Cruise to Isola Bella, the most stunning of the islands. Stroll through the Italianate Baroque Garden. Marvel at the statues and architectural decor set among the perfect green geometry of elegant flowers. Climb to the island’s highest terrace and enjoy a stunning view of the lake. Afterward, sail back to Cannobio.
  • Entrance fees to both Isola Madre and Isola Bella
  • Private two-way transfer between Cannobio and the Borromean Islands
  • Qualified tour guide for the whole day
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

28822 Cannobio VB, Italia, along the promenade

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Important information
Please bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
• There are many steps in the palaces and gardens.