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Isole Borromee

Italy
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Museums
Activities: Dining
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Cleveland
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104 reviews 104 reviews
44 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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La Motte Servolex, France
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61 reviews 61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Beautiful character-filled islands! Different to anything I have seen I think and each are different to each other. Isola madre was probably my favourite. It was rather tranquil compared to the other two and you could imagine how the family spent their summers there. In the avary, they have baby peacocks which I have never seen before. The puppets are... More

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England
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Took a trip over to this island to look at the beautiful gardens. Unfortunately it was really busy in the town which made it very unpleasant to get around. It is full of market stalls and cafes and if you want to go into the palace and gardens you have to pay another 13 Euros per person. If you dont... More

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Melrose, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Three islands with different character. Madre has the wonderful gardens and, for us, is the best. Bella has the castle & gardens - pretty good. Pescatori - well, hmm - the ugly sister! We caught the public ferry from Stressa at 9:30am and our plan was to visit all three islands in the day. There's a good size car park... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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125 reviews 125 reviews
87 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We went by train from Milan to Stresa /slow train is Ok/ and then bought the tickets for the three Boromean islands. I recommend buying the super saver ticket in Tomassucci Travel, Stresa just opposite the ferry /which is called Navigazione de Lago di Maggiore/ . They speak very good English, are friendly and explain to you all the options.... More

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Rivoli, Piemonte, Italy
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit of the borromeo islands. It's a lovely tour, very romantic and full of very interesting things to visit, like the building of Isla Bella and the garden of isola Madre. I suggest you to visit isola Madre first, have a look at the building and at the garden, then go to isola dei Pescatori and... More

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
33 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I liked the frequency of the boat services, we used the 'official' boats which are much larger and run to a timetable, rather than the little, privately run shuttle boats whose salesmen are somewhat pushy. The 3 islands (Madre, Bella and Pescatori Superiore) are different from each other and I would recommend visiting all 3. Madre is the tranquil restful... More

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rehovot
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

we went to the islands and were stuck for two hours in isola madre as the ferries were very not frequent on a Wednesday. however i think you can manage to see all of the islands (and more) within a day on a normal day. it's beautiful and very fancy. don't miss the lower floors at isola bella's palace. it... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Cruising on the Maggiore Lake made our day. Of course the ferries were quite crowded and not so frequient, but nevertheless you can manage to see all of the islands (and more) within a day. The most real (in terms of convincing architecture) is Isola Pescatori. The least Isola Bella, where you can see a "superflus" example of a baroque... More

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