Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori)

Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori)

Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori)
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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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207alanr
Callington, UK214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
A small island but known for its many restaurants. It doesn't take long to wander round it or take a stroll through some of the narrow passages.

Like many we visited whilst the restaurants were open for lunch, it's busy. Nice island but if you're not here to eat then there isn't much else to see/do.
Written 11 September 2022
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john w
London, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Our favourite island in Lake Maggiore. Small and intimate. We had a packed lunch which we thoroughly enjoyed then a coffee and cake before we left the island. A very special place and easy to walk around in no time.
Written 22 May 2024
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KemikOjstra
Maribor, Slovenia1,716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
To me, it was a very positive surprise when I visited the Isola dei Pescatori, especially the whole village which seemed to be very historical with many narrow lanes and colourful painted houses. There are also some villas with palms around as littoral winds from the Ligurian and Adriatic Coast come that far in the Alpine foothills. To walk around the village, it felt like being on the same place for 300-400 years ago; it was the similar feeling to that of visiting some of the romantic Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza) or old Lake Como villages (Bellaggio, Varenna, Menaggio), as there are also some nice views to the Lake Maggiore all around. There are also many restaurants, it is maybe the best place to eat there during your visit of the Borromean Islands. Go there early to avoid the crowds and to have this nice village to yourself and your travel partner(s). This is romantic Italy in its best way.
Written 21 August 2017
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kityikana
London16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
By 7pm the last public boat leaves and the islands is yours !
We stayed at the hotel belvedere and had a great time
Hotel is basic 3 star but very clean
Food on the Island is excellent and gat place to spend two days
We were tricked into taking a private boat across with our luggage 40Euros compared with the public boat 4Euros so be careful and parking is best at the Stressa ferry port
A definite place to stay
Written 15 July 2013
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Niki B
Athens211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
I liked very much this tiny island.. Its beautiful, very colorful, with such lovely cobbled pathways and nice small restaurants!!
You can spend there 3-4 hours, see the small church, have a lunch or a dinner, strolling around in the back streets.. Its lovely really!!!
You can be there by boat, very easily from Stresa or Baveno or elsewhere. There are many boats going there, so you can choose your time for visiting, combining with something else in the lake.
Written 7 September 2014
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Betula103
Australia7,867 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
After visiting Isola Bella island we came to this small island. it only takes a few minutes to walk around it and apart from St. Victor church there is little other than shops and pricey restaurants.
Written 2 November 2014
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Jeff B
Banbury, UK121 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
The Fisherman's Island could be lovely, with narrow winding streets, great views of the lake and a small beach area. However, it has become overcrowded with "tat" shops selling all sorts of cheap souvenirs, some of which aren't even relevant to the island. I thought that there may have been a museum telling the story of the island and the fishing industry but I couldn't find anything explaining this, which was a shame, it seems as though they aren't interested in the culture of the island, but are concentrating more on the commercial operations.
Written 8 August 2014
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Tosca1962
Moreton-in-Marsh, UK1,330 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
Lovely little island, in reality, probably a bit too commercial, but charming all the same. As you step off the boat from Stresa, you have a line of little shop stalls and waterfront restaurants. You can walk round the whole island in no time, with a whole range of places to eat, from little take-aways to much more formal restaurants, many tucked away in little side streets. I loved that swallows (or swifts) had nests in many of the buildings and adults and youngsters alike chattered away above you, which just added to the charm. A couple of hours here would be plenty if you just wanted to walk round and grab a bite to eat. I would spend longer on Isola Bella - the island next door.
Written 29 September 2013
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Margaret151151
Cardiff, UK2,304 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Couples
Good place for an hour's wander - but very busy at lunchtime when most tourists stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants on their way between Isola Madre and Isola Bella. Unless you intend eating here (we didn't so can't comment) avoid lunchtimes and take in the pretty houses and church in the morning or late afternoon when it's quieter. The path round the island has lovely views and the central street has less touristy shops.
Written 22 September 2012
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klgmd
Nashville105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We took the boat over from Stresa. An Italian friend had recommended the last restaurant on the left, Italia, and it did not disappoint, we had a wonderful lunch there focused on very fresh and delicious lake fish and beautiful, sweeping views of the lake, the islands and the shore. Afterwards we walked the central of the island's three streets, and poked in the trinket, silk, pottery and art shops. Avoid the front street by the docks for shopping- mostly souvenir stands with stuff made in China.
A nice diversion for an afternoon. I think it would be better to stay in a hotel on the mainland for ease of movement.
Written 1 November 2010
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