Three wonderful islands (Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori e Isola Madre) form the archipelago in the centre of the Borromeo Gulf, all easily reachable by means of an efficient public navigation service or by means of the characteristic “taxi boats”.
The Isola Bella, with its Borromeo Palace (XVII century) surprises those arriving from the lake for its majestic and almost unreal baroque setting. Its park, a masterpiece of Italian style garden, is laid out on ten terraces that degrade down to the lake, while, today, the palace houses a picture gallery that may be visited from March to October.
The Isola dei Pescatori (or Isola Superiore) is a picturesque village inhabited by a small community that still make a living by fishing. A maze of narrow alleys will lead the visitor to discover the typical restaurants and the traditional open air market.
The Isola Madre, the largest among the Borromeo Islands, is a botanical garden on water, abounding in rare plants, exotic flowers and free-roaming animals. The favourable micro climate has created on the island the enchantment of a tropical green house.
Of great interest is the visit to the Palace (XVI century) where settings of the past time have been reconstructed and where marionette theatres of 1700/1800 are on display.