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Activities in Stresa

Borromean Islands Boat Trip

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Discover the beauty of Lake Maggiore as you ride on the fantastic tourist boat to the Borromean Islands. You can get on and off as many times as you want!

Discover the beauty of Lake Maggiore as you ride on the fantastic tourist boat to the Borromean Islands. You can get on and off as many times as you want!

Borromean Islands Boat Trip

No trip to Stresa would be complete without taking this brilliant boat trip to the Borromean Islands, one of the most beautiful parts of Italy's Piedmont region.

This pass gives you unlimited access to the boat for 1 full day. The ferry calls at the three main islands, Isola Madre (Mother Island), Isola Bella (Beautiful Island), and Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island); all of which have their individual charms and characteristics. You can see spectacular locations such as a huge open-air botanical garden, the Borromeo Palace, and the Bella Island Palace - the choice is yours!

The order of the boat ride departing from Stresa is as follows: the first stop is on Isola Madre, the second on Isola dei Pescatori, and the third on Isola Bella. It then returns to Stresa and starts the tour again. If from Isola dei Pescatori you want to go to Isola Madre, you'll have to return to Stresa and, without getting off, wait for the boat to sail back to Isola Madre.

Times and frequency

The tourist boat sails from March to November every day approximately every 30 minutes from 10 am to 6 pm.

Please note:

  • If you want to visit all three islands, the last departure will be at 1:45 pm.
  • The final departure to visit Isola Madre (the first stop of the trip) is at 2:50 pm.
  • The palaces and gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre (entrance fee not included) are open from March 15 to November 5.
  • Remember that the timetables are subject to change.

How it works

When you purchase this pass, you'll have unlimited access to the boat which sails between Stresa and the Borromean Islands. You'll be able to get on and off the boat, as many times as you want during operation hours, for one full day.

Partial closures

As of November 2, the museums and gardens of Isla Bella and Isla Madre will be closed.

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1 day.


Ticket for the tourist boat valid for one day.

English speaking crew.

Not included


Mooring taxes on each island: 0.50 (US$ 0.50) per person.

When to book?

You can book up until the same day (4:00 pm) if there are still places available. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Not wheelchair accessible.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No single-use plastics are used.

The activity helps the conservation of biodiversity.

The activity promotes local production.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Isole Lago Maggiore S.N.C. Show more

Corporate name: isole lago maggiore snc

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Can I bring my pet with me on the trip?

    A - Pets are allowed on the boat, but not in the palaces and gardens on the islands.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Piazza Guglielmo Marconi square, Stresa

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