L'Isola dei Pescatori, Italy
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll already know that I visited L'Isola dei Pescatori last weekend for a quick weekend getaway.
L'Isola dei Pescatori is an island that is located in Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy just a short hour and a half drive outside the city of Milan. I was greeted with little traffic and a weekend filled with the sun and 60-degree weather, can't beat that! My starting point was the town of Stresa, where I then took an inexpensive boat ride to the small Isola dei Pescatori.
This island (Fishermans Island) was owned by the Borromeo Family for many years, but no longer is owned by them. Today, this quaint island is home to a population of only about 55 people! The island is about 100 meters wide and 350 meters long with many different little alleys and streets that you can explore and walk around over and over and every time spot a new detail!
When I was visiting this island, I quickly fell in love with all of the narrow, winding alleyways that lead from one side of the island to the other. You will become accustomed to looking up at all of the "multi-story homes" that each have different characteristics and pops of color built into the winding alleys and small rolling hills. Almost all of the homes have long balconies on them, which were used for drying out the daily catch that the fisherman would return home with after a long day of fishing.
To date, fishing is still quite popular for the people who live on this island, for this reason, you can eat fresh seafood and fish at any of the little restaurants found on the island. One of my favorite dishes that I ate while visiting was "fries with eyes" - a plate full of little fish which were fried that you eat whole with a fresh lemon squeezed over the top! Oh my goodness, they were so delicious and fresh tasting!
There are so many little street market stands and tourist shops that you will stumble on while exploring around this island it will be hard not to return home with something. I myself picked up a beautiful ceramic handmade lemon bowl that I can't wait to use in my own kitchen!
If you are interested in staying overnight on the island, there are a few - but expensive options. I would suggest taking the short boat trip back to Stresa, the mainland, and staying in a hotel there! Being so close to Milan, this is the perfect place to sneak away to for the perfect, relaxing weekend adventure!
L'Isola dei Pescatori, Lake Maggiore, Italy 🇮🇹