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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.
Isola Bella, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Best to visit in combination with 3 island hopping. This island is the 2nd stop and for sure the most impressing one. The palazzo is huge and has so much to see (if you are willing to pay 16€ per person). In combination with the...More

Thank sdoebs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked towards the ferry kiosk but were intercepted by a guy talking about the three island tour. He redirected us to a perfectly good looking booth and sold us a pair of tickets for the day. Then chaperoned us to a small vessel off...More

Thank Baggiesguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning island with beautiful gardens. We did the day trip visiting all 3 islands - Isola Madre first, Superiore second and Bella last, and timed it so that we had lunch on Superiore which was really good. The gardens and whole island are beautifully maintained...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We greatly enjoyed touring this palace and gardens. The family symbol is a unicorn and the family motto is “humility”. That just cracks me up! It is a beautiful and ornate palace with extensive art collection.

1  Thank Ray1962
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Boat trip from Arona via Stresa took about 1hr 20mins. Lovely views en route. Beautiful palace and gardens too. Plenty of little shops to while away time before heading back.

Thank mathewsmar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit. There are a lot of rooms to go through the Palace with some fantastic history and great views over the lake. The stone grottoes on the lower level are particularly exciting to go through. After that, the gardens are...More

Thank Giles D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The villa is certainly spectacular but the gardens are amazing and we could have spent the entire day there The boat ride to the island was fun A bit crowded but the garden cafe was relaxing and delicious

Thank Pamela S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I once saw an aerial DVD with sites all over Italy, Isola Bella really stood out and becoming one of the site I would like to visit. It is extremely touristy, but quite worth the effort with the beautiful gardens and romantic back story. Be...More

Thank semanticvision
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Island is really small with a market place and the castle with garden. The market place is nothing special. The castle is ok and the gardens are very nice but it’s extremely expensive to enter. The entry fee for an adult is 16€ and...More

Thank Leon L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The palace was way grander than I expected, quite breathtaking. But it was the gardens I loved most. An exquisite setting on the lake. When getting ferry tickets from Baveno, it was suggested we did Isola Madre first, but after reading something here on trip...More

Thank Simon G
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Ana M
September 10, 2018|
Response from Steve L | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there are boats to the Isola Bella and the other islands, leaving quite frequently. You will need at least two hours to see the palace and the gardens, but four would be better. There are cafes and food stalls near the... More
Lionel F
June 27, 2018|
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June 13, 2018|
Response from Pia_Dia_Pia | Reviewed this property |
This Isola Bella place is not accessible at all! You can’t go anyware without walking on the stairs. There are stairs on the palace and a lot of stairs in the baroque garden. I didn’t notice any elevators nor ramps. But i... More
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