This is one of the most beautiful lake resorts in Italy. We also stayed around Lake Como and this was so much nicer. The tour included a tour to see a palace and then we dined on Fisherman's Island at Ristoranti Italia which was very nice. The food was good and reasonably priced with wonderful water views. This island is so small and most of the places to dine all looked nice so I don't think you could go wrong at any of the nicer ones. We enjoyed a great water tour of the lake and had plenty of time to explore both islands and the town. I highly recommend this trip. Even the drive out there by bus was breathtaking.
Wonderful trip. Guide was great. Plenty of time at Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori. Worth seeing the Borromean Palace. Lunch, which was on our own, at Isola Pesdatori was delicious and reasonably priced. Bus is very comfortable so it's a pleasant ride to and from Lake Maggiore. Makes a great day trip from Milan.
Skip lake Como and George, visit Lake Maggiore and the Isola Bella palace and gardens especially the grottoes and tapestries. Waters was choppy so we would have had nothing to do since the boat ride on the lake was cancelled but the palazzo is worth a visit. It is a great introduction to the magnificence of Italy. I love the white peacocks. A few fun places to shop also.
Marvelous tour, great company Zany and excellent tour guide, really I enjoyed a lot
We had a wonderful bus driver and tour guide who pointed out sights along the way to Lake Maggiore. This tour met all our expectations and the highlight was Isola Bella and the gardens.
Chris H. United States of ...
I had an extra day to kill in Milan and this trip looked interesting to try. I'm so glad I did, as it was my favorite part of a three-day weekend in Italy. The sites were gorgeous. The timing was perfect for walking around, eating, shopping, and touring the palace and garden. The tour guide was knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and helpful. Definitely recommend!
Of the lakes we visited, Cuomo, Lugano and Maggiore, I think this is the most beautiful and accessible. While Cuomo is exciting for its history of famous visitors for me the stunning beauty of Maggiore outweighed the possible sighting of someone famous. The day was just perfect!
Krishan S United Kingdom
Wonderful day! The highlight of my trip to Milan. The palace and garden of Isola Bella are stunning. Thank you!
Lake Maggiore, the two islands we visited and Stressa are beautiful and relaxing. The palace and gardens in Iso Bella were magnificent and the local guide at the palace was great. The tour guide was also very informative and helpful. The tour offered an easy way to visit the Lake. Also note that there is time to go to the beach so if you want to bring a towel along.
Excellent tour. The guide told us all the restaurants on Fisherman's Island would be full so if we wanted to eat we would need to go to the one that he set up. Not true. Even at the height of busy season on a weekend, every restaurant had at least a few tables free. Nice of him to try to arrange something but it was inside on the second floor of a stuffy restaurant. You can eat outside on the water if you go off on your own at lunch time.
Most excellent tour guide, excellent food, excellent gelato, excellent everything. This tour is the excellence of excellence and would definitely recommend doing this when you visit Milan
This was a fun trip. We would have liked to spend a little more time at the Boromeyo palace. There is a lot to see.
The day trip to Lake Maggiore was superb. Well organised and the guide was very informative. I recommend this day trip to anyone visiting Milan.
I'm pleased we chose Lake Maggiore as it was really beautiful with the three islands in the middle. Would recommend Pizzeria La Rondine for lunch much friendlier than the others we tried to get into.
This was the first of four tours I took with this company and it was a great send off. Our buide, Franco, was exceptional and very enthusiastic. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he helped make the trip very enjoyable and informative. We were fortunately a small group of 6 people (the minimum needed for the tour), so I think that really helped make it a better quality experience. While the day was overcast, there was a lot to see and learn about the ancient families who still own homes on the lake. It is the kind of tour that one could do on one's own, which is usually what I like to do, but I thought this was a very efficient way to cover a lot of ground and see all the highlights in one day without sacrificing the pleasure of enjoying the lake and the scenery. While this tour is not as popular as Lake Como (it doesn't run every day), I highly recommend it if you have the time. You won't be disappointed and you may want to go back on your own another time.
Beautiful trip, guide Alex very knolegeble and organized.
The guide was good and gracious. The locale is out of a picture book and we thoroughly enjoyed the area. The bus was luxurious and very comfortable. The stops were all worthwhile.
EXCELLENT trip, especially boating on lake and visits to historical places
This was my favourite tour out of Milan. The Borromeo Islands are out of this world with picture card beauty. We coached to Stresa, did a brief walking tour and then boarded a small boat to cruise past Isola Madre before reaching Isola Bella. Words cannot describe the beauty of this island and the Borromeo Palace, which is still used by the Borromeo family. The guided tour [1 hour] was excellent - very controlled and only small groups at any given time. The tour takes you into rooms with amazing history, decor and murano glass chandeliers. After the tour we had free time to visit the terraced gardens - so so beautiful, and if you were lucky, the white peacocks were out and about. We then continued with a short boat trip to Isola dei Pescatorie [fisherman's island] where we had free time to explore and have a late lunch before heading back to Milan. A most wonderful day! Again thanks to the Zani Viaggi coach driver and tour guide.
Recommend this trip to everyone; very informative and nice guide, luxury bus and good value for money.
Try to eat at Ristorante Casabella at the island - life can't be more nicer at that terrasse.