THINGS TO EXPERIENCE
The Borromeo Islands are a small group of islands. They owe their name to the Borromeo family, who had owned them since the 12th century. The group consists of five islands, located near the towns of Pallanza and Streza.
The best way to explore them is with a hop-on hop-off boat tour. You can buy a day ticket from the local ferry company. The boats run between the individual islands for the entire day. For those who prefer something a little more exclusive, a sunset tour on a sailing boat is recommended.
Isola Madre is the largest.
Isola Bella is said to be the most beautiful.
Isolino di San Giovanni is more of an islet and, with a diameter of 140m and two inhabitants, tiny.
Isola dei Pescatori is a fishing village.
Scoglio della Malghera is the smallest and uninhabited.
The Via Ferrata dei Picasass is the only climbing route on Lago Maggiore. This route is not particularly difficult and leads up the Monte Camoscio (890m) in a very scenic location.
Starting point is Baveno on Lago Maggiore. There is a small car park just above the Camping Tranquilla in Baveno.
You walk uphill in a westerly direction on the hiking trail M3. After a short walk in the forest, you come to the turnoff for the via ferrata.
The entrance to the Ferrata Picasass is a smooth but sloping slab that is secured with many clamps. From there, you can already enjoy a great view. Then, walk until you reach a cave, where the next long row of clamps follows.
Continue upwards, somewhat steeper and with stimulating traverses and further beautiful ascents, until you reach the exit at a plateau, where the climbing book is located. Continue to the final long rope bridge (can be bypassed). From there, you can see the summit cross of Monte Camoscio.
From the summit, a short descent to the nearby Rifugio and back to Baveno via the M3 hiking trail in 1.15 hours.
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