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Address: Isola Bella, Italy
Phone Number: +39-0323-30556
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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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Breathtaking!

I love this place. The house is interesting but the gardens...magical. I have been a couple of times, the second time I walked quickly through the house only stopping to take in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place. The house is interesting but the gardens...magical. I have been a couple of times, the second time I walked quickly through the house only stopping to take in the views from the windows. I made my way down to the vaulted 'cellar" and was instantly transported into the fairy tale that is Palazzo Borromeo. From here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Is an amazing island, here you will find the magnificent palace of Barromeo royal family. Unforgettable experience!

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Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Pay approximately 13 Euros to enter the Palazzo Borromeo and walk around its beautiful gardens, on Isola Bella or stroll around the island at leisure. Find something to buy at the numerous stalls which offer souvenirs, bags, scarves and a variety of other products. There are also other shops or have something to eat in any one of the cafes... More 

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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

You arrive by boat, stunning views of this amazing island. Be physically fit. Lots of steeps in the house and gardens, especially the garden. There is a small cafe as you leave the garden. The house is privately owned and has been visited by many heads of state. Exit through a cluster of stalls selling the usual gifts. Peter M.

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Tokyo
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We were following sign posts saying "garden". However, what it lead us were an exit of the garden after a long walk. We saw many people were miss-leaded to the place. It looks like it is a sign to suck tourist to one of the restaurants. Anyway, the garden looks better from the boat, so this is not an island... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Visited the palace and gardens while doing a boat trip to see all the islands. Good level of information in the palace and lots of things to see. The big gardens were impressive with lots of unusual and colourful plants to see including lots of roses, plus the white peacocks. We spent around three hours there overall and could have... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I visited the little island from Stesa by taking a boat. The city has an official pier and boats dedicated for all islands. However, there are also lots other operators has their own stands around it, and they have people poaching customers from the official operator. If you just visit one of the island, which operator one is going to... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The boat ride over to the island gives you wonderful views of the cascading gardens and some great picture opportunities. We toured the palace and wandered the lovely gardens. This is the perfect way to spend a warm sunny day.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The town is a typical tourist town, the reason to visit is the palace and gardens. You cannot take pictures inside the palace which is unfortunate only because it is difficult to describe the decor and furnishings, which are over the top. Every room is more ornate than the one before and the grotto rooms are like nothing I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

One of three islands situated a short boat ride from Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Each island offers something rather spectacular, but the gardens on this island are quite amazing and can be accessed after a visit to the splendid Villa. An entrance fee is payable but quite reasonable considering what is on offer.

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