This magnificent Island (one of three main islands near Stresa, at 15 minutes drive from Arona) still belongs to the Borromeo family and was named after Isabella, wife of Carlo Borromeo III.
She started the restructuring in the 17th Century turning what first was an unsignificant island into what it is today: a small Versaille with a typical terraced Italian-type garden (famous for its azaleas and rododendrons) and a main building full of art treasures. White peacocks walk around you through the gardens with their white-laced tails which create a surprising effect against the green of the grass and the blue of the sky. It is open to the public from March till October. It is not cheap to enter but it is worthwhile visiting!