The right name of Isola dei Pescatori is Isola Superiore dei Pescatori because it was the first to be inhabited; in fact in a bishop ordinance dated 1627 our island was called Insella or Insula Superior to distinguish itself from the near Insula Inferior
(Isola Bella) which was uninhabited.
This is the only gulf island which doesn’t belong to
Borromeo estate.
The Isola Pescatori is a typical inhabited village but its origins are very old; you can discover them by visiting the little church of
S. Vittore where its history is illustrated.

In Isola Pescatori about fifty people live all over the year. The peculiar way of life creates a spontaneous solidarity among the residents if necessary.
Fishing, once the main activity, is still practiced by some families keeping an old and charming activity. If you are lucky you can find a fisherman refitting his nets on the shore. Marks of this old trade can be found everywhere in the “coda”: the strip of land planted with trees at the side of the island. Here you can find some iron elements once used as rests to spread the nets; near the little harbor, where the fishing boats are moored, there are the remains of a boiler once used to dye the nets because their colors changed according to the use.

The Isola Pescatori is inhabited by lots of cats. They are perfectly integrated in this quiet place without dangers, they are looking for a good morsel and some of them stretch their necks waiting for a scratching.
In winter they are closely near one to the other to protect themselves from the biting cold.
When the air becomes warmer frogs wake up and begin their activities. You can find them numerous and unmoved down the street-lamps during summer hot evenings catching an appetizing gnat with their tongues. In July there are lots of little frogs (tall as a bean) invading the streets, toddling and jumping everywhere happy to be born.
Walking along you can find seagulls, wild ducks and pair of swans with their broods. In summer there are swallows restoring their nests and preparing themselves to the miracle of new births.

Another phenomenon that periodically takes place (in autumn and spring) is deep water. In consequence of rich rains the lake level rises and water floods the promenade till the first houses. However these old dwelling places were built using wisdom because their thresholds are in the inner little streets in an higher lever to avoid water.
Rivers and streams after abounding rains bring to the lake big logs and dried vegetation.. If this can be an obstacle to navigation it’s a precious opportunity for the inhabitants because the wood is a great resource in winter time (natural gas arrived in the island only in 2002).


Island people keep their own traditional feasts. The most important one is “Ferragosto” when in the evening a lighted procession of fishermen boats bring the Holy Mary “Assunta” statue around the island. The previous evening in the “coda” a great bonfire lightens the night.
In Carnival time a long table is prepared on the shore where the inhabitants can taste “polenta” and a good glass of wine.
In Epiphany night eve all the children are busy to wake up the “befana” with the “carga vegia”. They run through the island trailing tins, stock-pots, covers and making noise.


In winter snow creates an evocative atmosphere through the island even if this event happens only few days a year.

As all islands Isola Pescatori is exposed to “four wind” which names are connecting to their origins. The Mergozzo comes from the near homonymous lake and hits the western side; the Maggiore impetuously blows from Switzerland upon western side; the Inverna is opposite to Mergozzo, it lightly ripples the lake and brings good weather.

If you wish to swim or to lie in the sun you can find a nice beach in the “coda”: you can relax yourself upon the plane-trees shadow or swim in fresh water looking at some little fishes!