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Isola Madre

915 Reviews

Isola Madre

915 Reviews
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Lake Maggiore :Stresa to Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

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Explore the ‘Beautiful Island’ of Isola Bella at your leisure with a hop-on hop-off ferry ticket departing from Stresa. Glide across Lake Maggiore to this most renowned of the Borromean Islands, where you can visit the Palace Museum and Gardens, grab a bite to eat or simply stroll around the palazzos and villas that decorate the port. Ferries run every 30 minutes, so you can customize your day.
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xxxNEO wrote a review Sep 2020
Hamburg, Germany19 contributions1 helpful vote
Took the ferry to the islands. Palazzo is totally overpriced but the island itself is a nice walk. So 3/5
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Date of experience: September 2020
Cambridge Guru wrote a review Sep 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom819 contributions596 helpful votes
You feel you have to visit this and the other islands when you are visiting Lake Maggiore. And while the gardens were well worth a visit, the palace itself felt a but underwhelming, dominated by wax models in servants clothing and lots of puppets. We bought a joint 24 Euro ticket for here and Isola Bella but i am not sure I would recommend Isola Madre unless you are bothered about FOMO.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Gertrude_Jekyll wrote a review Aug 2020
65 contributions13 helpful votes
Of the three islands on Maggiore, this was my favourite. Beautiful house and gardens. All three are worth seeing, of course and make a fantastic day out.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Sarah R wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom38 contributions11 helpful votes
Peacocks, golden pheasants, silver pheasants, bright yellow pheasants - they are all after your sandwiches. You're not supposed to feed them, but they will show an interest in any bag you open. The gardens are "English Style" - informal, with winding paths. The palace is full of discarded odds and ends from the other Borromean palaces. There is a tea shop (a bit pricey and the rolls are rather dry), and a tourist-trap restaurant (La Piratera) that I would not recommend. In the summer you can get a joint ticket for this island, Isola Bella, and Rocca d'Angera, which is good value. It is closed in winter.
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Date of experience: October 2019
MLG wrote a review Oct 2019
New York374 contributions64 helpful votes
Isola Madre is definitely more subdued than Isola Bella - we did Bella first and felt like Madre was a bit of a let down, but I imagine if we went the other way we would have found Bella too overwhelming! Isola Madre has a smaller, but still gorgeous house, and similarly clean and colorful gardens. There are a lot of colorful birds roaming around, and we saw some people feeding them which is probably frowned upon. But the birds were beautiful and added a magical quality.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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