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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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A great day-trip from Milan

We were staying in Milan but remembered visiting Isola Bella years ago. We took the train from Milan to Stresa which was about an hour and then the ferry to Isola Bella. Spent a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We were staying in Milan but remembered visiting Isola Bella years ago. We took the train from Milan to Stresa which was about an hour and then the ferry to Isola Bella. Spent a lovely afternoon wandering the grounds and admiring the gardens and mansion. I highly recommend this as a day trip from Milan.

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County Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We visited here in late May. We were staying in Domeletto. We took the train to Stressa and then a small boat to the island. We had read about the wonderful gardens on the island however It was not easy to find the entrance! You have walk through the House as there is no separate entrance to see the gardens.But... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Isola Bella is the main island of the three situated on Lake Maggiore Once at Stresa it is very easy to get to the Islands with ferries running between the three Islands, Baveno and Stresa every 30 minutes. Isola Superiore is largely restaurants. Unless you want to eat you can give it a miss. Isola Madre has beautiful gardens while... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It really exceeded all our expectations! If you want to experience the best description of the word " Beautiful" - visit Isola Bella! I will not even try to describe that beauty - those who can appreciate charm and elegance- must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We arrived to Stressa by train and walked down to the ferry area. Found the men there helpful. Took a large ferry over to the island but had 2 other pick ups to do. This was an added plus as we got to see the other islands at no extra charge. You must go through the palace before getting to... More 

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We chose to do our tour on a Sunday afternoon where we started at 3 PM. It was crowded and there were no audio guides available. It is a beautiful mansion with rooms containing gorgeous artwork and furniture and some of the rooms you could see chandeliers made with Murano glass. Other rooms contained information where history was made. One... More 

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Vantaa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We visited the island and the palace and the garden with 4y and 6y old, and we all very very impressed. Even having travelled extensive around europe, I have never seen anything like this palace in the island, there is photographing ban so there is not much pictures you can find in internet, but the inside of the palace is... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

If owned by national trust and in England it would be be their jewel in the crown.stunning villa and gardens.this is a must see if in area.My biggest surprise was the small cafe as you exit villa.The walls are adorned by famous guitars from various rock stars all signed by artistes.With silver discs and posters this is a rock fans... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

First think is not to go on private charter boats these guys grab you as soon as you enter the car park at the ferry terminal, you think they are officials of the ferry company and they are not, they get you booked on private hire boats,which. Are more expensive & less services running between islands. Disappointed that when you... More 

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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We parked in the public parking lot near the marina. There are people who help you park and purchase your tickets to go out to the island. They are working for independents who run boats back and forth. The price was a little bit higher (10Euro round trip) than if you went through the official ferry service (i think it... More 

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Address: Isola Bella, Italy
Phone Number: +39-0323-30556
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Piedmont  >  Lake Maggiore

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