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Isola Bella

Isola Bella, Italy
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Type: Islands, Castles, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The island is still owned by the Borromeo family who maintain the palace and the garden to a high standard. If you enjoy gardens, this one is a real treat topped off by the white peacocks. After walking through the palace, we found our way to the cafe and enjoyed a light lunch. There was still plenty of time to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
43 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

on our second trip to Mergozzo there was time to visit Isola Bella - a real treat:beautiful villa and fab over the top gardens views from the island are superb a real must see not cheap at 13 Euros and no senior discount but if there are 18+ people you get a deal for 10E each and one person free:... More

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Suiitable destination for one day excursion from Milano.

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Athens
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I liked very much our visit in the Isola Bella and the palace. It is a small trip by boat from Baveno or Stresa and it is worthwhile if you are there for the lakes. The island is small, you get directly in the palace (impressive), where you can see interesting things (part of the history of the mansion). The... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Fantastic place to visit and definitely a must see! From the minute my friend and I stepped on to the island until we left 5 hours later we were captivated. The Pallazzo and Gardens are well worth the entrance fee and more! Each room we entered was more inspiring than the last and the views from the windows were to... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit. Easily accessible by the lake steamers. Free to RHS Members. Audio Guide costs €3, easy to use and well worth it. The Palazzo is huge so allow plenty of time. Lovely lake views from the windows. Furniture and furnishings in grand Italian style. Grottoes are fascinating. Tapestry room displays extraordinary Flemish tapestries, showing... More

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Cheviot
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

From catching the boat from Stresse on Lake Maggiore out to the beautiful little island it is all wonderful. beautiful old castle with very good displays and then to the gardens which are so well laid out complete with white peacocks. Sadly we didn't have a tail display but we did find some frogs in the lily pond at the... More

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Phuket, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Beautiful gardens go with breathtaking views. There's also a feature on puppetry of that period - gives an insight to the love for 'home cinema'.

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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had a pleasant day visiting lake Maggiore and isola Bella but found the island somewhat disappointing. The house is grand and the gardens pleasant but somehow didn't have the charm I was hoping for. Not helped by all the 'tat' stalls as you leave the gardens which are really not great!

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Absolutly amazing place, you take a boat from strese , 5 minute to get there, when you get close you see The castel's gardens, you pay a ticket to enter the palace and gardens (i think 7-8 euro each) but it is so wouth it , just amazing and beutiful!

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