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Borromean islands

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he Borromean Islands: among the wonders of our Italy

The Borromean Islands are a group of islands located in Lake Maggiore, on the border between Italy and Switzerland. They are named after the Italian aristocratic family Borromeo, who have owned and cared for them over the centuries.

The islands have been inhabited since ancient times, but it was the Borromeo family who shaped them into their current appearance.

The Borromeo family acquired the islands in the 16th century and began transforming them into places of great beauty and richness. Even today, many parts of the islands and palaces are owned by the Borromeo family.

During a visit to the Borromean Islands, it is possible to explore the palaces, admire the artworks, stroll through the well-kept gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

The best season to visit the Borromean Islands is spring or summer when the weather is pleasant and the gardens are in full bloom. During the summer months, the islands can be more crowded, so it is advisable to plan your visit in advance and book tickets for the boats that connect the islands.

The main islands of the Borromean Islands are:

  1. Isola Bella: It is the largest of the islands and is home to the majestic Palazzo Borromeo, built in the 17th century. The palace is famous for its beautiful terraced baroque gardens, which are one of the main tourist attractions.
  2. Isola Madre: It is the oldest of the islands and is characterized by a large park and botanical garden. The island is known for its exotic flora, including ancient trees, rare plants, and colorful flowers.
  3. Isola dei Pescatori: It is the only permanently inhabited island among the Borromean Islands. The island has a picturesque fishing village with narrow streets, seafood restaurants, and souvenir shops.
  4. Isolino di San Giovanni: It is a small island that houses a chapel dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The island is not open to the public but can be admired during boat excursions around the Borromean Islands.