"Visiting Isola Madre" Stresa Things to Do Tip by ChrsStrl

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  A water lily near the chapel
by ChrsStrl

Most people seem to expect that you visit Isola Bella first, then Peschatori and finally Madre, but the middle one is really only a lunch stop and of the other two Madre opens earlier.

It is to there we go on the 8.35 boat. This has a few people on it, most of whom disembark at the first stop, Bella. Even the boatman seems surprised at our not alighting and kindly comes to check that we have understood the announcement. We sit at the front of the boat and this type has three sets of seats at the bow, like the Venetian vaporetto that plies the Grand Canal.

The Lake is calm and the lakeside towns are touched by the sun. We have soon passed and then left behind Peschatori and Bavena, a small town on the lake side. Madre rises green out of the water before us though little detail can be seen of it. The Palazzo appears an ochre coloured, plain, if large, house.

Our rep. had spoken of being able to purchase a combined ticket for the two islands but this, it seems, is available no longer. They issue a fine map with the tickets that not only shows you the walk you do around it (it is 8 acres and we spend a happy couple of hours plus here).

Address: In Lake Maggiore

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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