Borromean Islands

This is an excerpt from the book “Milan and day trips to lakes and art cities

Isole Borromee
Borromean Islands – Photo © Consorzio Motoscafisti www.isoleborromee.com

One day trip without a car from Milano to the Borromean Islands

From Milano you don’t need a car to take this day trip to one of the most beautiful corners of the Italian Lakes: the Isole Borromee on the Lake Maggiore, you just hop on a train of the “TreNord” train company, and in a short time you are in a magic place of lakes, gardens, and palace.

This is especially recommended in spring or autumn when often you can leave the fog and cold of Milan to reach sun-shining lakefront views in the mild climate of the Lake Maggiore.

The following is a brief outline of the content of the guide:

Starting from Milan take the train to Laveno, then the boat for the Borromean Islands and end in Stresa.

 

Isole_Borromee map

Isola Madre
Isola Madre and Verbania Pallanza

Isola Madre

Isola Madre

the Palace

The Palace – Isola Madre

the Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens – Isola Madre

the Borromeo Family Theatre

The Borromeo family theater – Isola Madre

Isola Pescatori
Isola Pescatori

Isola dei Pescatori

Isola Bella Lake Maggiore

Isola Bella

Isola Bella Garden
Isola Bella Garden

Isola Bella: Tha Palace

Isola Bella Lake Maggiore Photo © amazinworld.tumblr.com

Isola Bella: The Gardens

Cable Car in Stresa
Cable Car in Stresa

Stresa

Where to stay in Stresa

There are hotels, apartments, villas and B&Bs available, check it out and make a reservation here.

William Dellorusso
Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy

Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.

The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.

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