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

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 ©

Isola Bella: The Gardens

Cable Car in Stresa
Cable Car in Stresa


Where to stay in Stresa

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