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Isole Borromee

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May to September for sure!

This was a very sad and disappointing experience as everything we went to see was closed tight. I look forward to returning in late spring!

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
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Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was a very sad and disappointing experience as everything we went to see was closed tight. I look forward to returning in late spring!

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Lugano, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Excellent location to go off-season. There are two or three island to visit, they are a few minute by boat apart. These island live between today and the times of nobility, the castles and buildings are simply amazing for architecture, art and botanical gardens. Excellent locations to eat in Isola Superiore (Isola dei Pescatori) And the tricky part: - The... More 

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Pisa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Although the palace on Bella is stunning particularly the domed ceiling and the lower ground rooms which were used in the summer as they are cooler, if you like gardens Madre is prettier as Bella has a more gothic theme which although impressive is not as attractive as the colourful gardens of its sister island.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Good for some tourist buys and gelato. We walked around while waiting for our ferry. Fun little shops and treats.

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

One of three tiny Islands measuring 300 x 400 metres pushing through the sparkling waters of Lake Maggiore. In 1632 this barren and rocky outcrop underwent a massive construction project when Carlos III of the rich and powerful Borromee dynasty began building a castle dedicated to his wife Isabella D'Adda, from whom the island gets its name. It was his... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

You cannot visit lake maggiore and don't take time to visit those fantastic island. We took the lido 2000 boat in stresa (very very nice guys that allowed us to leave our luggage into the ticket shop, to let us visit the islands without issues), and started visiting Isola dei Pescatori. This is the smallest island, very nice, here I... More 

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berkeley california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Three islands, but special one was Isola Bella. Borromeo Palace with wonderful history and historic artifacts

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mims florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I studied dozens of guide books before this trip to Italy, and many recommended Isola Bella for the gardens, which are indeed fabulous, but none mentioned the Palace of the Borromeos which was a complete surprise for us. Magnificent ceilngs , rooms, paintings, priceless Tapestries, a grotto, unique children's toys/puppets, so much to see before enjoying the many levelled gardens.... More 

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We loved the visit to the islands. The palace, and especially the grounds, on Isola Bella were wonderful--the hydrangeas blooming there (and throughout Stresa) were spectacular. Isola Pescatori was OK, no great shakes. I loved Isola Madre and the roaming peacocks, other fowl, and beautifully landscaped gardens. The boat ride is sort of fun too. Don't miss a trip to... More 

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Saint-Jeoire-Prieure, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A visit to the islands combines a little boat ride, a palace, botanical gardens, a quaint little village and nice food. We took the official boat trip and not one of the little ones that they are trying to sell you all over Stresa. Between the boat trip and the visit to the palace, we paid almost 25 eur per... More 

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