The first island we visited was Isola Madre (mother island), the largest and farthest from Stresa. On the way, we could see a mountain being quarried for its granite, looming above the town of Baveno.
Much of Isola Madre is taken up by gardens. After we arrived, we proceeded along a walkway near the island's southern edge, which passes near numerous trees.
This ascending walkway is covered by many types of wisteria. It was chained off, but still provided a good photo.
As we proceeded around the island, there were many more trees to see.
This round stone building was at one time an ice house.
The yellow building on the right side of this walkway was the residence of the guardian and his wife, at one time the only two permanent inhabitants of Isola Madre. To the left was a nice shady spot.
That's all for now. There will be more of Isola Madre in Part 2.