Just as the sun was breaking, my sister, Godmother and I took the train for a day trip to Lake Maggiore. This was my sister’s first time traveling to the lake and it was my first time exploring the three small islands (Isola Madre, Isola Bella, and Isola Dei Pescatori) surrounding the lake.
Each island has its own distinguishing characteristic. For example, on Isola Dei Pescatori (meaning Fisherman’s island), you’ll find shops and restaurants elegantly decorated with fishing nets and other fishing equipment. On Isola Bella, you’ll find a beautiful palace, breathtaking views of the lake on every corner, and the most beautiful flowers and gardens.Two things that you should know about Lake Maggiore before visiting: First, these three islands, Isola Madre, Isola Bella, and Isola Dei Piscatori are each accessible by ferry and only take a few minutes to get to. Second, the beaches by the lake are rocky. Therefore, packing beach shoes like these, these, or these are absolutely a must for protecting your feet from the sharp rocks and pebbles. Unfortunately, I didn’t pack beach shoes and ended up having to walk around the beach barefoot to avoid damaging my sandals.
We had a great time visiting the islands and made sure to try at least one type of food from each. Isola Dei Pescatori is known for its decadent seafood dishes, so having lunch on the island was high on our list. We ended up having lunch at Hotel Ristorante Verbano. The food (pictured below) was delicious and the view overlooking the palace on Isola Bella did not disappoint.