Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), Lake Maggiore

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Isola dei Pescatori is an island in Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. As the most northerly of the three principal Borromean Islands it is also known as Isola Superiore and, with a population of 57, it is the only one to be inhabited all year round. Unlike Isola Bella and Isola Madre, the island no longer belongs to the Borromeo.DescriptionThe island is about 375 metres long by 100 metres wide. A narrow street running along its spine is joined by cobbled alleys to the promenade that encircles the island. The promenade is frequently flooded and the houses built against it are constructed to allow for this.In 1971, the population of the island was 208. While the traditional occupation of fishing still exists—local restaurants providing a ready market for the fish—tourism has become central to the economic life of the island as its picturesque charms have made Isola dei Pescatori a popular destination, particularly for day-trippers, but also for more extended visits. In addition to the hotels, restaurants and gift-shops, there are boutiques selling craft products.The church of San Vittore (Victor the Moor) retains traces of an ancient chapel that was probably constructed for the monks of Scozzòla (an abbey of San Donato di Sesto Calende founded by Liutardo, bishop of Pavia, in the mid ninth century). The church was previously dedicated to S. Gangolfo (Gangulphus), whose veneration is linked with the Abbey of San Donato.
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  • "Isola Dei Pescatori" (or called "Isola superiore"). Place full of charm with its narrow streets and shops.
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  • island inhabited by a 30ina of people, maybe a little seedy, but where the atmosphere is amazing. All very focused, narrow streets, the old school. A little gem in the Verbano. To make it even more magical atmosphere a local, a trader with its souvenir boutique who explained in detail our every curiosity. Dear!
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  • Its very scenic and beautiful. Lots a nice restaurants overlooking the lake. But you can't spend more than a day. Good for a day trip, max an overnight stay.  more »
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  • Touristic of course but nice to visit and to find a nice meal
  • We arrived by ferry from Verbania, breathtaking. The island is a wedding favor, viva of little shops of all kinds though somewhat CAP but there is. When moving through the numerous lake views to inflate the carugi heart. The only drawbacks are the mounds of garbage cans and cardboard that occasionally meet up but other than that is awesome
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  • Very beautiful and characteristic, one senses she's alive and inhabited all year in this regard, I think it's the best of themselves and outside the tourist season. Having visited in the week of August I found it crowded, we encounter more restaurants that customer homes, hunting is fierce and noisy at times in its narrow alleys can be claustrophobic. Prices of all kinds, but tending to top. Beyond these predictable problems remains a beautiful island and really characteristic, unique in its kind on Lake Maggiore, as this is a popular and newspapers than other islands have all exclusive and aristocratic area, inaccessible to most people except as a showcase (surcharge).
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  • I was delighted to visit this island. I did travel a summer day and it was spectacular. On the island you can find several restaurants, cafés, ice cream parlours and shops.
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  • Small delicious small island perfect for a stop at peak times meal spoiled for choice as far as restaurant food. Souvenir stalls and inviting scents from every angle
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