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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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Ottawa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The 16th century Borromean palace with its luxurious garden is worth to see. A pleasant half day tour.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

A big plus of staying in Stresa is being able to take short boat rides to the borromean islands, and to view this island at night across the water with its various levels all lit up is like seeing some giant theatre organ on the lake.Our day time visit was a on a warm and sunny day perfect for slowly... More

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UK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

Super little island in the Lake. Beautiful Garden which has been featured on BBC TV. A short boat trip from Stresa

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The belle epoc palace is one thing but the over-the-top gardens are just so over the top! We loved everything about the gardens and have visited many times over the years The setting, the flowers, the designs and the views come together to make a uniquely beautiful garden. And to think the Count started with a bear rocky island on... More

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melbourne
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53 reviews 53 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Now here is a great day. Get yourself to Stresa. You can catch a train at about 8.30am from Milan . Will take about an hour to stresa Buy an all day ticket on boat ,get on and off at your leisure plus access to isola Bella and isola madre. About 30 euro. Both great gardens. Bella is unbelievable. No... More

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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176 reviews 176 reviews
77 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

As well as the usual pizza sellers and t-shirts there is an enormous palace on the island. It is all very 'over the top'. The grotto are, however, amazing (although probably OTT too). They are enormous and their walls are covered in patterns and pictures made of black and grey stones. The white peacocks in the gardens are quite spectacular... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Northern Italy's lake region has incredible beauty. One of the main attractions to see would be Isola Bella on lake Maggiore. Buy the ferry ticket that allows you to travel on multiple ferrys for one charge. The island garden is one of the most astounding gardens I've ever seen and the view across the lake is something that will burn... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Isola Bella is small beautiful island on The Lake Maggiore. It has small, narrow stone streets with terraces and small shops. A great attraction is the castle and especially the garden. Great view. Just loved it!

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Bray, Ireland
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

There is a choice of islands to visit on Lake Maggiore but we took the main ferry from Stresa to Isola Bella only as we had only 2 days in Stresa. While it definitely is a tourist trap it is a very beautiful one. You are greeted by many stalls selling scarfs, leather goods etc when you alight from the... More

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Paris, France
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Isola Bella is a breathtaking experience for the whole family. Beautiful castle, well furnished, and a lot of curiosities that intrigued the whole family. Visiting the garden is an amazing experience and seeing the white peacock made our day.

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