Art and food on lake Maggiore: Stresa and Isola Bella

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Experience the beauty and history of Stresa and Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore with this captivating guided tour. Stresa, known as the pearl of the lake, offers stunning views of the Borromean Islands, which have been owned by the Borromeo family since the 16th century. Step onto Isola Bella, where Carlo III Borromeo built a magnificent baroque mansion as a tribute to his wife Isabella. Explore the grandeur of the palace and its breathtaking gardens. Afterwards, wander through the charming streets of Stresa and make your way to a local winery for a delectable aperitif featuring regional wines, cold cuts, and cheese. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of this enchanting destination.

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  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 2-6 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the magnificent Isola Bella palace and garden
  • Take a stroll through the charming streets of Stresa
  • Indulge in a mouth-watering aperitif at a local winery
  • Discover the rich history of the Borromeo family
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Maggiore
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Qualified private guide
  • Private transfer by taxi-boat, stresa to isola bella and back
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Welcome to the breathtaking beauty of Stresa, the pearl of Lake Maggiore. Situated in front of the enchanting Borromean Islands, this charming town offers a blend of art, history, and gastronomy. One of the highlights of this tour is Isola Bella, a picturesque island boasting a magnificent Baroque mansion built by Carlo III Borromeo for his beloved wife Isabella. Prepare to be captivated by the grandeur of the palace and the exquisite beauty of its gardens.

What to expect?

During this private guided tour, you can anticipate a total duration of 240 minutes filled with awe-inspiring sights and mouth-watering experiences. You'll begin by exploring the charming streets of Stresa, immersing yourself in its vibrant atmosphere. Then, venture to Isola Bella, where you'll stroll through the opulent palace and its breathtaking Baroque garden. The beauty and artistry of this place will transport you to another era. Afterward, you'll head back to Stresa and indulge in a tantalizing aperitif at a local winery, savoring the flavors of the region's renowned wines, cold cuts, and cheese.

Who is this for?

This tour is a delightful experience for art enthusiasts, history buffs, and food lovers alike. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a curious novice, this journey appeals to anyone seeking beauty, culture, and gastronomic pleasures. The tour provides a perfect blend of art appreciation, historical exploration, and culinary delights.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the splendor of Isola Bella's baroque architecture and picturesque gardens. The palace's rich history, opulent interiors, and perfectly manicured outdoor spaces create an atmosphere straight out of a fairytale. Your knowledgeable guide will unveil fascinating stories and secrets about this captivating place, bringing the past to life. Complete your experience with a visit to a local winery, where you'll savor the authentic flavors of the region. Indulge your senses with local wines, delectable cold cuts, and exquisite cheese, perfectly complementing your discovery of Stresa's art and history.

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Please note that the total duration of this tour is approximately 240 minutes. The itinerary encompasses a scenic walk through the charming streets of Stresa, followed by a visit to Isola Bella and its magnificent palace and gardens. Afterward, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a delightful aperitif at a local winery. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Borromean Islands and be sure to bring your camera to capture the enchanting moments throughout the tour.


Travelers who have experienced this tour rave about the beauty and historical significance of Isola Bella. They describe the palace as an architectural gem, filled with stunning artwork and intricate details. The expert guides have been praised for their extensive knowledge and ability to bring the past to life, making the tour engaging and educational. The aperitif at the local winery receives glowing reviews, with travelers appreciating the opportunity to taste the region's renowned wines and savor the delicious local delicacies. Overall, those who have embarked on this journey express their satisfaction and recommend this tour as an unforgettable experience.

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Your Itinerary


This small town, standing on the Western coast of Lake Maggiore in the so-called Borromea Gulf, is one of the most visited touristic sites of entire Piemonte. Its territory includes three of the four Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Superiora, also named Isola dei Pescatori. The first recorded file about the town is dated 998, but even in the Roman age, the way leading from Milan to the Sempione pass ran by this site.

Isola Bella

This small island, formerly inhabited by a few fishermen, was deeply transformed by the Borromeo family, since 1632; in this year, Carlo III Borromeo started the construction of a gorgeous palace, dedicated to his wife Isabella, which was later completed, in 1671, by an amazing Baroque garden. Palazzo Borromeo also hosted Napoleon I with his wife and, later in 1935, the Conference of Stresa, held between the representatives of Italian, British and French government.

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Marianne S

Vom Lago Maggiore aus kann man gut Ausflüge unternehmen, z. B. in die Schweiz. Das Preisniveau ist aber in Italien moderater als dort.
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