Brissago Islands, Brissago

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The Brissago Islands (Italian: Isole di Brissago) are a group of two islands located in the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore close to Ronco sopra Ascona and Brissago. Both islands belong to the district of Locarno, in the canton of Ticino.

San Pancrazio (also known as Grande Isola) is the larger and is well known for its botanical garden. On the smaller of the islands, known as Isolino, or Isola Piccola or Isola di Sant’Apollinare, the vegetation is allowed to develop naturally. Both benefit from the mild climate provided by the lake. The minimum distance from the shore is 1,040 metres for San Pancrazio and 930 metres for Sant'Apollinare, making them the farthest islands from the shore in Switzerland. Both islands culminate at 200 metres above sea level or 7 metres above lake level (193 m).

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  • Didn’t know what to expect but what an amazing experience . Hundreds of different plant and tree species that I never thought I’d see in la Suisse of all places . Truly a botanical wonderland...  more »
  • the most tropical place in Ticino. I suggest to have your bathsuite with you in case you get a chance to relax at the island shores. I saw a few kids enjoying the waters and the shore so why not. you....  more »
  • As a little boy, my grandfather and botanist took me to this island. The location has a unique view of the Lago Maggiore and towns and mountains all around. The island itself has many stories and is always a place of meetings. So many reason to go there like celebrate meet leisure or for plant lovers and so on. I love this place.
  • The Brissago islands are a magical place, a wonderfully lush botanical park surrounded by stunning views onto the lake. Peaceful and beautiful, perfect for just relaxing, for a wedding or an event!

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