Located near the center of the lake, Stresa offers easy access to the Borromean Islands, a group of three small islands and two islets located in the western arm of the lake. We chartered a ferry to the two major islands: Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella. Isola dei Pescator with its fishing village is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. It boast numerous shops and restaurants and is quite "busy"! If scenery is what you're looking for, Isola Bella offers postcard snapshots of its 17th century palazzo and beautiful gardens. However, if privacy is your goal, then the tiny uninhabited rock of Malghera (dubbed "Lover's Island"), with an area of only 200 square meters, lies between Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori and offers bushy vegetation and a small private beach.