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Isole Borromee

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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Museums
Activities: Dining
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berkeley california
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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455 reviews 455 reviews
207 attraction reviews
442 helpful votes 442 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 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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165 reviews 165 reviews
90 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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135 reviews 135 reviews
95 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
35 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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