Varese, land of experiences

Isolino Virginia

Isolino Virginia is one of the oldest pile-dwelling settlements in the Alps and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2011 as part of a serial property known as the “Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps”. The tiny islet is home to a LIPU (the Italian Society for the Protection of Birds) sanctuary that acts as a stopover for many species of migrating birds, and attracts many visitors as there is so much to see and do. As the area around Lake Varese has a long tradition of marvellous cuisine it also has many traditional restaurants and eateries serving local produce, and Isolino Virginia is no exception – a meal at the islet’s restaurant is a memorable experience. Tourists come to admire Lake Varese’s wonderful sights and culture and small boats ferry them to and from the islet from different points of the lake depending on the time of day.


ADDRESS: Via Marconi Cycle path - Biandronno


  • 10.00 am
  • 11.00 am
  • 12.00
  • 13.00
  • 13.30
  • 15.00
  • 16.00
  • 17.00
  • 18.00 *
  • 19.00 *
  • 20.00 *

* trips to the bar and restaurant when open

Outward/ Return fare:

Adults: € 7,00 
Under 6: € 3,00
Under 4: free

Family (2 Adults + 1 Child under 11): € 18,00

 Dog of all sizes allowed in leasch in every area in compliance with the hygiene and public safety rules*

*Information by the Cite. For any other question please check the guidelines from the Cite

On the ferry to Isolino, small dogs are welcome, while larger sizes require a short leash and a muzzle to be worn if required.
It remains at the discretion of the boat captain to refuse to transport dogs if they may cause a disturbance to other passengers.


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Cover photo: @robyilcampione

    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese
    Consorzio Qualità Miele Varesino