Isola Madre
Isola Madre
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Part of the Borromean archipelago and home to an exotic garden of plants, birds and flowers, this magical island is considered a botanical garden on water.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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MicheleParis
Paris, France4,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I went to Isola Madre with a good friend of mine on a Thursday afternoon (Oct. 12) and it was a pure delight First of all, at this season and on a weekday, there wasn't a horde of tourists which was so much appreciated. We arrived around 2 pm and had first a small lunch/snack at Caffetteria La Serra.

We then visited the Palace. The highlights of this palazzo were the Venetian room with a beautiful sophisticated trompe l’œil and the Marionette Theatre. The collection is among the most extensive and best conserved in the world.

The botanical garden is exceptional. I can imagine how beautiful it could be during the camelias, magnolias or wisterias blooming.

The Butia capitata, which in autumn produces large clusters of juicy orange-colored fruit with such a delicious exotic fragrance scented the alleys. It was a pure delight.

Isola Madre is full of multi-colored birds as well as golden pheasants and white peacocks.

It was indeed a relaxing afternoon. I cannot wait to come back next year in spring.
Written October 21, 2023
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Diane K
Naples8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
As you alight from the ferry there are no signs as to how to get to the gardens ! Pouring rain and no one to direct you ! A ploy by the tourist shops ? Wandered around for an hour and still not found way in.
Written July 6, 2023
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David P
Greater London, UK37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful garden but be aware rip off cafe , in very very small print 2 euros per person cover charge. So two iced coffees 12 Euros plus 4 Euros making 20 Euros for two. Total rip off. Don’t go there.
Written May 30, 2023
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Had a wonderful time here which was much better than I expected.
The palace was very interesting and full of things that you didn’t expect.
Example was the 3 puppet theaters and all a full exhibition of all the puppets and props used. Must have been a real pastime in its day.
Great visit
Written April 19, 2023
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Mia Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Beautiful island. We enjoyed very much our visiting there.
The ticket to get to this island is 15€/head by boat.
When u reached to the island you must pay another 17€ /head to enter.
U can find the heaven on earth here. So many beautiful flowers 🌸, births, trees 🌳….
Especially palace.
Written April 7, 2023
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Hockeydad900
La Canada Flintridge, CA364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Island in Lake Maggiore near Stresa. Entirely comprised of botanical gardens - a lovely walk and interesting collection of exotic birds.
Written October 1, 2022
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Annie
Torviscosa, Italy13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful island with beautiful gardens and breathtaking views of the lake. Definitely recommend the trip. There is a restaurant on the island or bring your own picnic.
Written August 24, 2022
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Jonathan H
London, UK215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
After reading reviews on TA regarding chaotic organisation with the private boat trips, we elected to stick with the scheduled public ferry. Apart from the odd delay, it was excellent and very good value. We bought a rover ticket for €46 each which gave us the ability to travel anywhere anytime for 1 day. This enabled us to do the 3 Barromean Islands which was a 7 hour day but well worth it.

The main house is definitely worth visiting. It would appear to be a “centre of excellence” within the puppetry world, but that is not all. Just like Bella, Madré’s gardens are definitely worth seeing. A point to note, there is a top end restaurant and a poorly stocked cafe on this island and that is all! We suggest a picnic lunch in the gardens if you need to eat.
Written August 22, 2022
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petesaund
United Kingdom4,351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Isola Madre is one of three islands of Borromeo archipelago that we visited.It was certainly the most authentic - verdant with an English style garden.As we were there in September we were outside the season of camellias and rhododendrons which thrive here.The birds ,including pheasants and peacocks and other exotic birds ,who wonder around the estate have an array of colours.It is not densely packed like Isola Pescatore and tourist focussed like Isola Bella.
The house built in 16th century is a little devoid of exquisite contents but its prominent and imposing position is enhanced by its surroundings and this is the impression as you arrive there by boat
Written August 19, 2022
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23RUN
Nottingham, UK520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Probably the most magnificent garden I’ve ever seen. The flowers were beautiful, the trees fabulous, lovely birds. The garden is more extensive than Isola Bella and less formal, and more to my taste.
We didn’t go in the house, but enjoyed a drink in the cafe, accompanied by white peacocks.
There’s a gift shop too.
Written July 24, 2022
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