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

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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One of the pearls of lake Maggiore

Served by multiple boats (we took the official Gestione navigazione laghi one, larger and probably less expensive) this island has a grand palace of the Borromeo family and a... read more

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Served by multiple boats (we took the official Gestione navigazione laghi one, larger and probably less expensive) this island has a grand palace of the Borromeo family and a manicured garden. Best to visit from 1:00 to 2:30 pm as tourists Sumer usually eating at isola dei pescatori at that time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was amazing small castle-island which have been built through 5 centuries and has been completed in last century. Island is totally covered with castle in the north and gardens in the south. It is 10 minut boat ride from Stresa and you will cover the castle and the gardens within 1-2 hour. But you can easilly spend there half... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The contrast between Isola Madre and Isola Bella is really down to taste.We preferred the less formal gardens of Isola Madre while appreciating the immense work and genius that had gone into the gardens here. Also the palazzo here is magnificent, being an illustration of the family history and the role which it has had in modern history, notably the... More 

Thank sheilallan
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is only accessible by a short boat ride but well worth the trip. Such incredibly beautiful gardens that have been set around the estate of the Borromeo family. The terraced gardens are well worth the visit, white peacocks parading around the beautifully kept lawns, flowering shrubs, trees, fountains, pools and exotic plants. At the end of one garden is... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been glad to get off Isola Pescatori, we dropped off at Isola Bella. This was far more welcoming and pleasing to the eye. You disembark from the various boats and taxis at a pleasant terrace with a fine view back to Isola Pescatori and the rest of the lake. We didn't visit the gardens so had a quick hour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is THEE Garden to visit for value, you see the Palace and the gardens. Isola Bella is practically 90% garden, the remaining 10% is for shopping and eating, drinking. For entry, get off boat and turn left, go to Palace for entry.

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a boat from our home base in Stresa to this island as well as isola madre. The boats run every half hour and takes only a few minutes to reach the island. There are shops and restaurants here but the obvious main attraction is the baroque elaborate estate of the Borromeo family. The rooms of this estate are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A small island, Isola Bella contains itself in elegant beauty that remains accessible to everyone with great little shops, museums and a wonderful feeling of real Italy. The museum is especially interesting showing the life of the noble family including a detailed history of Napoleon's three-day visit. Highly recommended to experience off-the-beaten pathway to Italy not often experienced by international... More 

Thank Terry Paul R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Actually u don't know from were i can start with this amazing island, its a piece of work from every thing. The paintings, the sculptures, the amazing garden and the incredible view.

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Did a boat trip to Isola Bella and the Borromea palace and gardens. Well worth it! Combined it with Isola Pescatori. Also picturesque with some interesting little shops.

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