This used to be called the Inferior Island (Isella Inferior) as a result of its geographical position, whilst Isola dei Pescatori was defined as Isella Superior. This island used to be a rock with a few houses, until when, in 1550, it was bought by the Borromeo family. The island was then flattened so to construct a magnificent palace surrounded by an imperial Italian style garden of baroque design, with ten cascading levels culminating in a beautiful 37 m long terrace. From the terrace just as from the deck of a boat, an unparalleled panoramic view can be enjoyed. Outside the palace, your attention will be drawn to the narrow little paths with their vast array of hidden restaurants, bars and souvenir shops.
Charles III of Borromeo named the island “Beautiful Island” in honour of his wife, Isabella d’Adda. “