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Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori)

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A tiny island, little more than a rock-cliff, which is occupied almost...

A tiny island, little more than a rock-cliff, which is occupied almost entirely by a small, rustic village with narrow, winding lanes.

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Small island between isola madre and isola bella

This is the most inhabited island of the Borromee islands - a whooping 33 people. Notoriously the place to stop for food while visiting the three islands. Visiting the island... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 October 2016
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We visited late October and had a walk around this small island as well as having a great meal watching the world go round In a lovely setting .

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This is the most inhabited island of the Borromee islands - a whooping 33 people. Notoriously the place to stop for food while visiting the three islands. Visiting the island should take 30 minutes, try to have an early lunch so not to waste time and be able to visit tre nearby isola Bella with reduced crowd.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is the least spectacular of the three Borromeo islands and the one which you will visit second on the three island trip. Its main attraction is a number of similar but goodish restaurants so it would be good to time your visit around 12.00 to 14.30, Otherwise there is little to detain you other than souvenir stalls and you... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

As soon as you get off the boat/taxi you see stalls along the waterfront packed with touristy gifts - tea towels, saucy aprons of naked females with strategically placed fruit on the bosom and down south area. Religious snow domes and all sorts. Dreadful. The island itself is very pretty with narrow winding cobbled streets and alleyways, but the whole... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We stopped here as the ferry service we used made the stop. We spent just 30 minutes and that was plenty of time. There area few shops and restaurants.

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Cambridge, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Of the three Borromeo islands, this is supposed to be the one where real people live and work. That's true if you mean souvenir stall holders and waiters, I suppose. The island is tiny and consists of three main "streets" consisting only of souvenir stalls and eating joints. (I think there are two hotels.) It's tacky beyond imagination, and takes... More 

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Symington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This hotel with restaurant and terrace is situated at the Isola Bella end of this island. This property is popular for weddings, and it's easy to see why. The views, the location facing the Palazzo on Isola Bella, are exceptional. The food, wine and service are first class, too. The umbrella shaded tables have white table cloths, and are discretely... More 

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Moncton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Beautiful little island on Lake Maggiore. Great photo opportunities and many great restaurants. Certainly worth the short boat ride--which is a bonus.

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Porto Ronco, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Small alleys, good restaurants, takes you 15 minutes to walk around the island. You can even stop for a swim as there is a small beach with sand and pebbles. Food is ok on the island, I say ok because in high season all the waiters are stressed out, running around, trying to serve everyone. Have a late lunch, much... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely island in Lake Maggiore accessed by boats (lots of them available) Once on their you have a surprisingly large variety of hotels and restaurants to eat if hungry and quite a few shops to buy local products (and the usual tat) All in all, worth a visit.

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