Private Tour of the Borromean Islands

7 h
Day Trips & Excursions
difficulty Very easy
Wheelchair Not Accessible

Private Tour of the Borromean Islands

The Borromean Islands Private Tour is packed with historical excursions detailing their struggles to create an independent state, the invasion of the French Revolution and the historical heritage of the Borromean family. 

Board on a panoramic cruise in a privately owned taxi boat on Lake Maggiore and on the Borromean Gulf
Enjoy a private tour around Isola Madre, highlighted with an enjoyable walk around the spectacular botanical gardens
Walk through the narrow streets of the Isola dei Pescatori, with a break for lunch to enjoy the fresh fish cooked in the local style.
Alight onto the island of Isola Bella and see the beauty that has captivated many socialites with its grand palazzo and the palatial terraced garden.

Discover one of the best areas of Italy, in this Private Tour of Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore, on the south side of the world-famous Alps. Their name is derived from the aristocratic Borromeo merchant family of the 14th century, who later became bankers. The Borromean Islands were not fully owned by the Borromean family until the 16th century, when they built grand palaces with lush palatial gardens, that can still be admired.

A glimpse of Isola Madre

We will begin our Private Tour with a pleasant cruise on a private taxi boat on Lake Maggiore to capture the spectacular panoramic views of the Borromean Gulf and its jewels.
On this panoramic cruise, we will embark towards Isola Madre to enjoy a fully guided visit of the largest island of the Borromean Islands. The island is occupied with numerous 16th century extended Renaissance architectural structures surrounded by impressively lush gardens, with the Giardini Botanici covering an area of eight hectares. It is inhabited by peacocks, parrots and pheasants.

A pleasant walk in Isola dei Pescatori

Departing from Isola Madre, we then head towards Isola dei Pescatori, the Fisherman’s Island of the Borromean. The island is only about 100 metres wide but it has narrow streets covered with cobbled alleyways to the promenades. Evidence of the traditional fishing trade still exist in the local restaurants and is displayed in their local cuisine. Here on this humble island we will take a lunch break. However instead of taking a lunch break, you may want to venture up to the Church of San Vittore.

The Baroque Isola Bella

Isola Bella, is known by the Piedmont inhabitants as the Beautiful Island, one of the much favoured Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore. It was once occupied by a small fishing village, before that later Charles III of the House of the Borromean built a monumental palazzo for his wife Isabella D’Adda, from whom the island derived its name. Upon the completion of the villa, it became the venue for prestigious parties and high social setting events amongst the nobles of Europe. With the addition of the palatial terraced gardens, its illustrious beauty drew in many influential socialites. Now Isola Bella is host to the annual Stresa Music Festival.

  • Isola Madre
  • Isola dei Pescatori
  • Isola Bella
  • Professional guide
  • Transfer by taxi boat
  • Entrance tickets to Isola Bella and Isola Madre
  • Tips (optional)
Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.


This tour departs from Stresa or Baveno.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
The price displayed refers to the minimum price per person, in the event of 8 participants sharing the service.

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.