"Isola Peschatori" Stresa Things to Do Tip by ChrsStrl

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  The island from the boat
by ChrsStrl

The little island seems to be one great series of restaurants and lesser eateries that act as a stopping point for tourists as both Bella & Madre close over lunch. We walk the place in a few minutes. We thus dashed to Isola Bella.

This proves to be a grievous error as the restaurants on Bella are very limited by the fact that the palace and garden that dominate the island have left little room for other people. Human ingenuity outs and narrow streets and tall houses squeeze into any available gap. We dashed on the ship returning to Peschatori.

These ships also cease running for around 70 minutes over lunch, so you have to be careful about this as the thought of being on Isola Madre on a day on which it was crowded with only the one restaurant could be off-putting.

On Peschatori we head for the Restaurant Verbano. The view from the terrace is of the imposing palace on Isola Bella. It looks less attractive close to, as the greying areas of the paint spoil the facade, but from here we have only its beauty. The rain that came en suddenly as we crossed the lake (thank you whoever invented the lightweight folding umbrella!) had grown heavier but the restaurant terrace is canopied so one is still able to enjoy the view.

The sun comes out and the water sparkles. Small boats ply their way through the narrow strait that separates the two islands. The sun is hot through canopies big-bellied with fallen rain. The meal is excellent - wonderfully light ravioli stuffed with fish, well-cooked sea bass and a glorious fruit pie. The Gavi with which we wash them down is light and dry and perfect for a lunchtime.

It leaves us time to stroll down to the dock for the boat to Isola Bella - to be met by a huge crowd. It seems that both boats (to Bavena & to Isola Bella) are timetabled at the same time. Unluckily few seem to wish to travel to Bavena! Luckily the boat that comes holds 660+ people - but we stand crowded on the deck.

Address: Lake Maggiore

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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