The archipelago of the Borromean Islands is located in the western part of Lake Maggiore. The Borromeo gulf, in the arm of the lake, sees Stresa and Pallanza facing and opposing each other.
The archipelago is made up of three islands, an islet and a rock.
In 1670 the Count Vitaliano Borromeo began the construction of the monumental Baroque palace and the majestic scenography of the gardens that gave fame to the island and which still document the magnificence of an era.
The Borromeo home contains priceless works of art: tapestries, furniture and paintings. The gardens, rich in every variety of rare plants and flowers, creating a beautiful and overlapping terraces and are a classic and incomparable example of an "Italian garden" of the time.
It is the largest of the Borromean islands and the most characteristic for its collected, silent, enchanted atmosphere: a garden of rare plants and exotic flowers, in which white peacocks, parrots and pheasants of all varieties live in complete freedom creating the enchantment of a tropical land.
The Isola Madre is particularly famous for the flowering of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias.
In 1978, the 16th century palace was opened to the public, interesting for the reconstruction of the rooms of that time, and for the collections of liveries, dolls and china.
The exhibition of the "Puppet Theaters" of the '700 /' 800 is exceptional.
Also called Isola Superiore. Welcomes a picturesque fishing village with narrow curving streets.