Reach the Borromean Islands from Stresa, in the Piedmont (less than 90 km from Milan), a small town with an enchanting landscape which is also the most convenient location to reach the Borromean Islands by lake. With thirty years of experience in navigating the waters of Lake Maggiore, the CMA company (Union of Associated Motorboat drivers -unscheduled public transport) offers a fast and secure roundtrip navigation service from Stresa to Isola Bella through Isola Madre on a state of the art fleet equipped with every modern convenience.
Isola Bella and Isola Madre are the most evocative islands in the Borromean archipelago, whose name goes back to the lineage of powerful landowners who acquired the property in the fourteenth century. That's how these lake reefs were transformed into beautiful baroque palaces surrounded by lush gardens.
Isola Bella is an extraordinary place, where flower gardens adorn architectural treasures. Transformed from rocks into a flowering oasis, the island is entirely occupied by the Italian style garden of Palazzo Borromeo, a Baroque masterpiece suspended on the waters of Lake Maggiore.
Isola Madre is the largest island in Lake Maggiore, known worldwide for its beautiful botanical gardens, which are characterized by the presence of rare and exotic plant species. Also worth visiting is the Palazzo Borromeo, with tastefully furnished halls that preserve valuable works of art.
For only €0.50 cents more, you can also travel to Isola dei Pescatori, the only inhabited island of the entire archipelago! Isola dei Pescatori is an ancient village renowned for its typical trattorias and restaurants. It is also an ideal place for a walk through the characteristic narrow streets and souvenir stalls.