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Isole Borromee

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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Islands, Museums
Activities: Dining
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
72 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We caught the small ferry from Baveno which called at two islands, this and the isle of fishes. Isola bella-You enter the gardens via the palace this which was well worth it with lots of history, artifacts and larger then we expected (but I would suggest if you were a wheelchair user you give both islands a miss). The gardens... More

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This is an extremely busy place and swarming with tourists which somewhat detracts from the visit experience. You have to visit both villa and gardens as you go through one to the other so allow for plenty of time. Organized coach tours mean you have to rush which again detracts fro the visit experience. It is pricey to enter and... More

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Athens, Greece
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74 reviews 74 reviews
51 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Everything is very nice,the buildings,the palace of borromeo but the garden is fantastic.You have to pay ticket to visit gardens (i think 12 euro).

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