Escorted Rail Tours to Isola dei Pescatori
A beautiful fishing village
Isola Pescatori - full name Isola Superiore dei Pescatori - is a
complete contrast to Isola Bella but it is equally as captivating.
Its narrow cobbled streets, pretty harbour and charming houses make
it an enchanting place to visit. Up until the Middle Ages Isola dei
Pescatori was part of the Borromean family's territory, but is now
part of Stresa. It
is thought to have been first inhabited in the 10th century, and
today there are approximately 50 permanent residents on the island.
The principal occupation of the islanders was, until recently,
fishing; there are several characteristic blue fishing boats along
the shores that some families still use to fish the lake, although
today the main income for the inhabitants of Isola Pescatori is
The quaint old houses on Isola dei Pescatori have been
built in such a way as to avoid the flood waters to which the
island is susceptible in the spring and autumn. You will notice
that the doors are situated on the inner streets that are at a
higher level than the lakeside. The church on the island is
definitely worth a visit as it dates back to the 11th century,
although it has undergone significant restoration work since then.
The church is dedicated to San Vittore and has a Romanesque apse
dedicated to the martyr San Gandolfo.