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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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Phuket, Thailand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Drive south from Stresa and follow the tourist signs. Parking is easy on street if you're lucky - look for the bottom station of the cable car. 5 euro gets you a triangle run on a little ferry to the Isola Bella. Entry to the palace includes an audio tour. What a fabulous tour. Do pay the extra and go... More

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Slough, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Arrive by official boat. I highly recommend the travel agents located opposite the quay. These boats run on a schedule whereas the others run when they are full. Buy your entrance ticket in advance, there is a long queue. There is a small village to see for free, but Isola Pescatori is better, the palace itself is a fine building,... More

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Banbury
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120 reviews 120 reviews
33 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Having spent the morning exploring the Palazzo & its grottoes (compulsory before you can enter the gardens) we were weary & ready for refreshments. So we went to the cafeteria - BIG MISTAKE! Though it was less than half full the 3 waiting staff were running about like scalded cats. We checked with waiter Fabio whether to order at the... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Borromeos must have been some family. Lose out to the Medici and build a palace and garden in northern Italy. The palace is beautiful but the real star is the gardens. My kids looked on in amazement when they discovered the albino peacocks. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained. It is a very picturesque setting. Don't miss the... More

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

As a garden this is spectacular but also very strange! The palace is nothing compared to the gardens but it is interesting for the history and events that have taken place there. Never seen white peacocks before but they go with the weird ideas in parts of the garden. Go, but don't expect 'normal'!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My partner an I had came to a wedding in stressa. On the sat. Had a lovely day. So on the Sunday decided to get the ferry over to the islands. But we never expected what we found an saw. It was like a magical garden. So pretty. Lovely flowers. Trees. Birds an gorgeous peacocks We had never seen white... More

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Rehovot, Israel
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

One of the best days in our lake visit. Such a beautiful day. beautiful gardens and wonderfuls restaurants. Don't forget this stop much nicer than many other places been too around europe.

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