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Address: Isola Bella, Italy
Phone Number: +39-0323-30556
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Description: One of three magical islands on Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella charms visitors...
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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An Absolute Must!

If you are visiting Lago Maggiore you have to take the 5 minute boat ride to Isola Bella. Buy a ticket for the public ferry which allows you to hop on/off, but buy your admission... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting Lago Maggiore you have to take the 5 minute boat ride to Isola Bella. Buy a ticket for the public ferry which allows you to hop on/off, but buy your admission ticket to the palace and gardens on the island. (15€) The ferry will try to sell you a combo ticket which includes admission to the... More 

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Nice, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Very expensive (12euro) but the gardens are worth it. the palace is alright but no Versailles and you can't take photos. The gardens are great, and if you are lucky the peacocks will show off with a wheel for you.

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Madrid, Spain
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

on the list of top Sehenswürdigkeiten for the Italian public. Yesterday I found out. The palace cum garden was planned by the Borromeo as a marvelous way to delight influential foreign friends. Politics over aesthetics: the result is a a XVII century Disneyland (price is more or less the same, I guess). My teenage son compared it to Highgarden, GOT... More 

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Miami, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

going back thousands of years it was freezing cold and misty and for me this added to the magic. ciao isola bella

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Brazoria, Texas, Usa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We took a day trip from Interlaken Switzerland to Isola Bella Island. What a Wonderful trip. Our day started at 6 am but it was well worth it. It will cost about $10.00 per person to take a water taxi / boat to the islands. You can purchase the tickets at a little shop right on the water front in... More 

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Bexley Kent
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Beautiful palace, and surrounding streets. Liked the word anthropomorphic wild animal tapestries and ghoulish paintings. Streets are busy and a few tacky gift shops and stands selling Lake Maggiore Captains hats and Tshirts etc.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A real pleasure, a welcoming island,great views from it, nice little shops an interesting palace with beautiful gardens. a very enjoyable and pleasant place. Don't miss the white peacocks!

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Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We loved Isola Bella, and took MANY pictures! You could spend days there. It's a true experience NOT to be missed!!!

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new york
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We booked an overnight at Lago Maggiore waiting for our flight leaving Milan Malpensa. We were so thrilled to see the amazingly beautiful lake and the perfect Isola Bella. We had a delightful tour by Matteo. He was welcoming, witty and utterly charming. He shared so many interesting details about the palace. I wouldn't miss this stop and suggest staying... More 

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We took a boat trip to visit this and another island on Lake Maggiore. Just off the coast by Stressa this lovely island had wonderful gardens and a beautiful house. It is well worth taking a boat trip out to have a look round and also visit the rest of the island to see the shops, bars and restaurants. Narrow... More 

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