Isola dei Pescatori
The most "real" of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore, it is still inhabited by hardy fishermen and their families who keep the island's traditional trade alive. This island is a characteristic fishing village rather than a noble residence. It has a handful of lanes lined with tidy homes and simple buildings. Here you'll find some shops and seafood restaurants, and a laid-back atmosphere.
It is the smallest of the lake's islands, but also the one that is inhabited year-round. There are about 40 residents who are the "keepers of the flame" of this traditional place. The buildings were built taller to accommodate residents in the small space, and most have balconies that were used for drying fish.
While its tiny, it's full of charm, so be sure to visit and wander the streets. Peek into the parish church, and if you're lucky to be here for the ferragosto procession on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15), you'll be treated to a beautiful parade of boats that encircle the islands.
Isola dei Pescatori is a great place for seafood meal, with its smattering of restaurants on the water's edge.
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Address in Lake Maggiore:
Isola dei Pescatori.