Like pearls they are, yes. Or gardens: enchanted gardens floating on the lake, a dreamy, lovely vision. First, lakeside Stresa: the water lapping on the stone anchorage, an avenue facing the lake, lined with belle époque buildings and palm trees, plus hotels with yellow striped awnings.
Then you take the private boat to discover the dream islands.
Isola Bella is one large, grand property, where you will wander in terraced gardens, and admire a luxurious residence. At Isola dei Pescatori, you will savour a delicious ice-cream while enjoying the view of the lake and the little town; and at Isola Madre, visit an exceptional botanical garden.
This is gardens floating on the lake, figuratively and literally.