Departure from Milan to the town of Stresa, a stylish, international tourist destination. Board small private boat to Isola Bella, the most famous of the Borromean Islands for its extravagant, almost unreal baroque atmosphere. Visit the Palace (XVIIth century), with its rich artistic and historical heritage and its park, a masterpiece of Italian gardens, laid out on ten terraces rising up from the lake.
Re-board for Isola Superiore, better known as Isola dei Pescatori, the picturesque hamlet, still today, as the name implies, a working fishing village.; lunch in one of the island’s restaurants, famous for typical dishes based on freshly-caught lake fish.
In the afternoon from Isola dei Pescatori to Isola Madre to visit the largest of the Borromean Islands which underwent, like Isola Bella, a radical transformation, begun in the early sixteenth century by Count Borromeo Lancelot. The island is now a huge floating botanical garden where thousands of varieties of often exotic plants have been able to adapt to a habitat where they grow luxuriantly, creating striking color combinations. White peacocks, colorful exotic parrots and pheasants wander freely. Equally interesting is the visit to the 16th century Palace, with reconstructed period rooms full of paintings, furniture, and collections of porcelain, dolls and puppets.
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