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The Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre

A trip around the Borromean Gulf never fails to leave visitors speechless! The archipelago of Borromean Islands is situated on Lake Maggiore and includes: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori.

Isola Bella is a place of surprising splendour with flower gardens in continuous bloom and priceless architectural treasures all beautifully integrated within the island’s very own microcosm. Transformed from a bleak rock into a spectacular garden bursting with flowers, the island now gives the impression of a galleon floating on the blue waters of Lake Maggiore, just as its founder Vitaliano VI Borromeo intended all those years ago. Visiting Isola Bella takes you back to a bygone age when the baroque style was masterfully designed to complement the green architecture of the garden, creating beauty beyond compare.


@williamursillo e @ninastetsenko

Isola Madre is an exquisite jewel set in the calm waters of Lake Maggiore. Renowned worldwide for its exceptional botanical collections, it is the largest island on Lake Maggiore. It rises from the lake with luxuriant aplomb, its silhouette accentuated by the lush vegetation that covers most of the island and by the impressive angular palace built on the southern, and highest, side of the island.


@iamteo e @eugimerani

Isola dei pescatori (also knonw as Superiore for its location) is the most picturesque of the Borromean Islands. It is characterized by narrow alleys framed by the typical old houses of Lake Maggiore's fishermen, with particular long balconies used to dry fishes. 


@mino_dalfe93 e @_lofacciodomani


ADDRESS: Isole Borromee - Lago Maggiore

OPENING SEASON 2023: Thursday 16th March - Sunday 5th November


From 16th March to 30th September 2023
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m., last entrance. Palace closes at 06:00 p.m., gardens close at 06:30 p.m.
From 1st October to 29th October 2023
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., last entry. Palace closes at 05:30 p.m., gardens close at 06:00 p.m.
From 30th October to 5th November 2023
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m., last entry. Palace closes at 05:00 p.m., gardens close at 05:30 p.m.

From Monday, May 22 to Thursday, May 25, the Palace and the Gardens of Isola Bella will be closed to the public.


ISOLA BELLA TICKETS (palace and garden):

Full ticket: € 20,00

Reduced ticket (children 6 to 15 yo): € 11,00

Free ticket: children under 6 yo

Group ticket (minimum 18 people): € 18,00

Youth ticket (minimum 18 people): € 10,00


ISOLA MADRE TICKETS (palace and garden):

Full ticket: € 17,00

Reduced ticket (children 6 to 15 yo): € 10,00

Free ticket: children under 6 yo

Group ticket (minimum 18 people): € 15,00

Youth ticket (minimum 18 people): € 8,00

 Dog of all sizes allowed in leasch and with muzzle on boat and island in compliance with the hygiene and public safety rules, not admitted at the palaces*

*Information by the owner. For any other question please check the guidelines of Terre Borromeo.



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