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Our most recommended Stresa Day Trips

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

1. 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

2. 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.

From Como: Private Day Trip to Stresa & Borromean Islands

3. From Como: Private Day Trip to Stresa & Borromean Islands

Enjoy a convenient pickup from anywhere within 30 kilometers of Como in a luxury air-conditioned minivan. After a brief introduction, begin the 1-hour journey to Lago Maggiore, one of the largest lakes in Italy.  Discover scenic Lago Maggiore, known for its stunning Alpine backdrop and elegant lakefront promenades. Explore the charming village of Stresa located on the shores of the lake. After a short stroll in Stresa, embark on a tour of the Borromean Islands, hopping off at one or all three of the tiny island towns of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. Enjoy some time to break for lunch on any of the three islands, at your own expense. After lunch, meet your driver once again and cross the border from Italy into Switzerland. Stop in the town of Mendrisio where there are two major attractions. Choose between some of the best shopping deals in Europe at the world-class luxury brand outlet center Foxtown, or try your luck at the casino. Enjoy about 2 hours of free time before making the journey back to Como.


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What people are saying about Stresa

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 9 reviews

The boat trip was beautiful and the island all the more. By hop on hop off I mean, however, that you can drive as often as you want and get off at different points and that was not possible.