Isola dei Pescatori

Isola dei Pescatori: Our most recommended tours and activities

Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

1. Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

Discovery of the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori, the only one of the Borromean Islands inhabited all year round. Explore its many charming alleys and stop to taste the typical dishes of the lake at one of the numerous restaurants. Then continue to Isola Bella, the queen of the Borromean Islands, where, in addition to the beautiful ancient village full of typical craft shops, you can decide to visit the Palazzo Borromeo with its wonderful gardens and peacocks ready to be photographed.

From Stresa: Isola Pescatori Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

2. From Stresa: Isola Pescatori Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

Get stunning views of Lake Maggiore and stop at the small Borromean islands and islets on a hop-on hop-off boat service between Stresa and Isola Superiore Pescatori. A private boat service is also available. Relax and travel at your own pace with a flexible schedule. Leave the boat at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue.  Visit the quaint fishing village on Isola Superiore Pescatori. Enjoy its charming local craft market and stop for lunch or drinks at one of the restaurants or bars overlooking Lake Maggiore. Here you can taste local dishes which include fish from the lake such as including perch, whitefish, whitefish, and many more. After,  Go for a stroll around to discover the charm of this tiny island.  Cross back to Stresa, where you can journey up into the hills to visit the botanical gardens of the Villa Pallavicino.

Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

3. Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on this Borromean Gulf cruise and admire the area’s sights and scenery from the water. Pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. Marvel at the Borromeo Palace. Leave from Stresa towards Isola Madre, famous for its gardens with tropical blooms and for its villa that will leave you speechless. After having made a complete tour around the island, head towards the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island), the only island to be permanently inhabited all year round. Spot a set of ancient houses rich in history. Finish off your cruise with a tour of Isola Bella from the water. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the memorable gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

4. Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

Explore a Borromean Island of your choice with a return boat transfer from Stresa. Take as much time as you want to see the sights before returning. Meet the boat directly at your hotel's dock and embark on a scenic ride across Lake Maggiore. Choose one of the islands to discover: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, or Isola Madre. Relax on the boat and take in scenic views of the lake as you sail to the island. Stay and see the sights as long as you want, your boat will be waiting for you when you're done.

From Baveno: Borromean Islands Boat Tour

5. From Baveno: Borromean Islands Boat Tour

Visit the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore on a hop-on hop-off style boat tour from Baveno. Hop between the islands of Madre, Bella, and Pescatori, and have time to spend exploring them. Embark your boat and depart from Baveno, sailing into the lake towards your first island. Arrive at Madre Island where you can admire the famous English botanical gardens and Palazzo Borromeo. Leave Madre for Bella Island. Be in awe of its baroque palace, Italian gardens, and 10 terraces that slope towards the lake. Head for Pescatori Island to feel the charming effects of its picturesque fishing village with meandering alleys and multi-story buildings. From Pescatori, conclude your tour with a return to Baveno.

Baveno: Bella & Pescatori Island Boat Tour

6. Baveno: Bella & Pescatori Island Boat Tour

Visit the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore on a boat tour from Baveno. Hop between the islands of Bella and Pescatori and take some free time to explore. Board your boat and depart from Baveno, sailing on Lake Maggiore toward your first island. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the tranquility of the lake. After arriving on Bella, visit its Baroque Palazzo Borromeo. Walk through the lush Italian garden and 10 terraces that slope toward the lake. Get back on the boat and head for Pescatori Island. Explore the charming, meandering alleys of a traditional fishing village. When you're finished exploring, board your boat for the return trip to Baveno.

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What people are saying about Isola dei Pescatori

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 85 reviews

Everything is fine. The meeting point is on the lake and there is a yellow sail to recognize. They are very punctual, I recommend to be from boarding at least 5 minutes before to ensure your seat. I recommend going around all 3 islands because the fishermen's island is tiny and in 30 minutes you can go around. Spectacular beautiful island

Wonderful experience- highly recommend! Easy to hop off the boat to the islands & spend as much time as you like exploring and then hop back on as a boat comes every hour on the hour to the same drop off location.

A little hard to find the meeting location, it’s a light yellow flag on the water front. Boats were frequent and easy to hop on and off! Well worth It, we loved the islands

Admission to the castle and park on Isola Bella is quite expensive at €20 for adults and €11 for children (up to and including 15 years), but still recommendable.

Very good reception by the service providers. Regular shuttles (we waited at most 5 minutes to get one). The 2 islands are different but interesting.