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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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Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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288 reviews 288 reviews
124 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

While this is the first time I've written about Isola Bella on this site, I've lost track of how many times I've made the water taxi journey to this piece of paradise. As a mathematician, my first tug was that this is the ancestral home of the Borromeo Family, their crest engraved with a link known as the Boromean Rings.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Getting to the island is very easy by the little boats waiting everywhere. The island looks a little too touristic at first, but please enter the castle and the gardens, it is worth the ticket price. For the Star Wars fans, this is where the second episode was filmed, this is the Lake House. The palace was build for a... More

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Alloa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Nice little island on lake maggiorie lots of little shops and restaurants gardens and palace are worth a visit as lots of interesting things to see .

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Malabar, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place is beautiful and worth the visit. take the boat from Stresa and view the Castle and the grounds. It is very interesting, the architecture was great and the grounds are spectacular.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The palace and gardens are superb. You can't go here without visiting this island. If you love plants you'll enjoy. Don't miss the weird carnivorous plants.

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