The archipelago of the Borromean Islands, located just opposite Stresa, is made up of three islands, as well as an isoline and a rock.
The Beautiful Island is to be considered a natural jewel that the hand of man has made even more precious. In 1632 Count Vitaliano Borromeo began building the monumental Baroque palace and the majestic landscaping of the gardens that fame on the Island and still document the splendor of an era. The Borromeo residence offers visitors an elegant and sumptuous environment that preserves invaluable works of art: tapestries, furniture, statues, paintings, stuccoes as well as curious mosaic grottoes. After the visit to the Palace, access to the gardens for a pleasant walk. This singular floral monument, built on ornate and overlaid terraces, is a classic and inimitable example of a 17th-century “Italian garden”.
The Mother Island is the largest of the Borromean Islands and the most characteristic for its silent, enchanting atmosphere: a garden of rare plants and exotic flowers in which peacocks, parrots and pheasants of all varieties live in full freedom, creating The charm of a tropical land. In the year 1978, the XVI century palace was opened to the public, interesting for the reconstruction of vintage environments and collections of lions, dolls and porcelains. Exceptional exhibition of “600 / ‘800” Puppet Theater “.
The Fishermen’s Island (or Isola Superiore) is the only one to be permanently inhabited for about 700 years. It has a small village of fifty inhabitants, characterized by a small square enclosed by narrow and winding alleys leading to the northern tip of the island . Features are multi-storey houses, built to make the most of the space available, and almost all with long balconies, essential to dry the fish.
(From the Lake Navigation Manager site)