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Isola Bella

Isola Bella, Italy
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Islands, Cultural
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Owner description: One of three magical islands on Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella charms visitors with its magnificent Baroque palace and terraced gardens that slope to the lake.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Went to visit this magical place last Aug.2014 along with 60 persons from a co. where my husband works.The garden was so amazing,blooming view towards the beautiful lake Maggiore,well- manicured and it feels so serene there though we were many.It was exceptional coz the co.hired a live operetter consist of 3-4 singers,never experienced such fantastic and romantic setting in such... More

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St Louis
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Isola Bella is an lovely island palace in the middle of Lago Maggiore. It is amazing to think of the obstacles they faced during construction. The palace itself is extremely beautiful, but I was more impressed with the mosaic grotto rooms. They were truly wonderful. The gardens are delightful to wander through and enjoy the white peacocks roaming around.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I visited the place in September 2014 and was delighted. I took a train from milano centrale to a small and beautiful town stressa which is on lake maggiore which inhabits these islands the gardens are worth watching you need to check with the timings of the palace and garden and also of the last train that leaves from stresa... More

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Lovely day trip from Milan by train to Stresa followed by ferry ride to Isola Madre and then Isola Bella. Though very different in character, both gardens were beautiful and well worth the visit on a hot day with clear blue skies. The palace was quite unbelievable and grand in scale with lavish detail and very cool inside. Iron doors... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

While visiting Lake Maggiore we had a wonderful guide, Micaela. She procured a private boat for our group of 12 and conducted a private tour of Isola Bella' s Palace and grounds, the gardens and summer home on Isola Madre and beautiful lunch at Verbena on Isola Pescatori. If staying in Stressa or Baveno I highly recommend her! Guidalaghi@virgilio.it

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This summer palace is amazing to see. Only accessible by boat this is a must see when in Lake Maggiore. The gardens are also spectacular to see.

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Welgemoed
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Only accessible by boat. Summer palace of Bormeole family. Especially impressive the lower floor rooms with natural air conditioning. Gardens spectacular . We were fortunate to see 3 white peacocks, although their feathers are not spectacular at this time of year.

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New york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The palace and the garden are located on an island just offshore of Lake Maggiore. It can only be reached by boat which takes about 10-15 minutes. The entrance fee include the palace and the garden. The inside of the palace was elegantly and beautifully decorated. The guided tour offered a lot of interesting information to help appreciate the palace... More

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My husband and I were on an tour of Italy the last 2 weeks and the the Isola Bella Palace was the last place we toured. It is absolutely outstanding! It was a wonderful way to finish off our trip! The palace is beautiful but the grotto was amazing! 100 years just for that. And the gardens, what can i... More

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Great Guana Cay
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Our second visit here, much less rushed than last year so we really got a chance to take in the house and its expansive gardens. A guided tour or at least the inexpensive audio guide is the best way to fully appreciate this grand house. The gardens are equally impressive. Coupled with lunch on Isola Pescatori makes for a great... More

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