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).
Fabrizio Sommaruga | Apr 21, 2018
The Brissago Islands are the Canton Ticino's botanical park. The little island (Isola Piccola or St. Apollinaire) is covered with spontaneous vegetation, mostly from the Insubrica region, kept in its natural state. On the big island (Isola Grande or St. Pancrazio), which was opened to the public in 1950, mostly subtropical plants with origins from the northern and southern hemisphere are grown. In 1885 the baroness Antoinette Saint Leger transformed the islands into a residence where painters, sculptors, musicians and writers could meet. The big island became an exotic garden. In 1927 the new owner, the businessman Max Emden from Hamburg, had the actual palazzo, the dock and Roman bath built and increased the cultivation of exotic plants. The botanic park offers impressions of exotic subtropical countries. Azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese palm trees, numerous camellias, Japanese banana, bamboo, the Ginkgo transport the visitor to the Far East. The group of South African plants surprises with. The Central America zone offers a completely different scenario with large-flowered magnolia, agaves, cypress (present from the 30s with the typical roots sticking out from the water), yucca, California poppies, sage from New Zealand transport the visitor to other continents. Sage, rosemary, cork, palm of the Canaries, represent the Mediterranean countryside. The Brissago Islands are part of the Gardens of Switzerland network, which brings together the most beautiful gardens of Switzerland. Closed during the winter: the park will be open from March to October 2018. (Ticino.ch)
Alex Zanecchia | May 14, 2017
B Daniel | Apr 10, 2018
Un lieu exceptionnel avec son jardin botanique unique et son calme hors du temps....prenez aussi le temps d'une pause à midi sur la terrasse ensoleillée du restaurant de l'île....un coin paradisiaque au microclimat unique
Massimo Lafranchi | Jan 3, 2018
Come tutte le isole del Verbano, le isole di Brissago sono fantastiche. Le mie preferite, luogo di pace ed oasi nella natura, anche in inverno (barca privata).
Fabrice Fleury | Sep 28, 2017
Magnifique jardin avec des plantes exotiques. Le tout étant un peu désordonné ce qui en fait le charme. Belles vues sur le lac majeur. À voir absolument.
Tonyland Der Fünfte | May 1, 2018
Schöne Insel Hunde erlaubt, kostete Eintritt. Restaurant auf Insel eher teuer.
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