An hour by train brings you to Stresa where ferries take you to the three islands still owned by the Borromeos, Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori. In the 15th century the Borromeos created a fiefdom. Lake Maggiore borders Switzerland on the north, Piedmont to the west and Lombardy to the east and south. During the 5 hours we were in Stresa took the ferry to each of. The islands and had lunch on Isola dei Pescatori. Maggiore's development as a holiday retreat for Europeans began in 1800 when Napoleon's Simplon highway from Geneva to Milan skirted it's shores.