Isola Bella

Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore: Address, Phone Number, Isola Bella Reviews: 4.5/5

Isola Bella
4.5
Historic Sites • Islands • Castles
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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.
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TuvaTravel
Trondheim, Norway237 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
We had a great day at Isola Bella. We had a lovely lunch in the garden and walked around before the days rush. Awesome garden with birds and very nice views over the lake. Go early!
Written December 29, 2021
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Cambridge Guru
Cambridge, UK880 contributions
Aug 2020
This isn't a cheap trip. But I am really glad I made the effort because the island is just wonderful..
Boats to the island will set you back around 15 euros (which also take you to Isola Pescatori), while the entrance to this island and Isola Madre was another 24 euros.
But the cost is so worth it to experience the gardens alone - they are quite simply stunning. And in the lakeside setting, with mountains in the background, this place is perfection in so many ways.
The palace itself is gorgeous, although the three storey entrance hall was only completed after World War 2. I could have taken more recent information on the Borremeo family rather than the hundreds of old paintings that seemed to dominate every room.
I preferred the views from the different windows, and the gorgeous shell rooms in the basement area.
A warning - take your own water. I got stung for two Euros for a small branded plastic bottle - the Borromeo family must be running out of cash if they are having to stoop this low.
Written September 2, 2020
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ann b
Wakefield, UK2 contributions
Sep 2019
I was fortunate to visit Isola Bella around about 1958 when I was about 13 years old
This was my first trip abroad and have been thousands of miles since but still , I remember my trip to Isola Bella as though it were yesterday. The peacocks, the gardens (and fruit on the trees) and the palace.
AnnaMaria
Written May 17, 2020
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Inez G
Fredericton, Canada11 contributions
Sep 2019
Iola Bella is the largest of the Islands in Lake Maggiore, privately owned by the Borromeo Family, on which they have a beautiful family home filled with many family treasures and equally beautiful gardens both of which were open and well worth a visit.
Written January 23, 2020
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ToesWisconsin
Wisconsin33 contributions
Oct 2019
This was an unexpected day tour. Loved the options. I did two islands. Plenty of shopping and food to choose from.
Written December 15, 2019
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Anthony L
Aiken, SC457 contributions
Oct 2019
Took the short ferry trip from Stressa to this magnificent island in Lake Maggiore. What strikes you instantly as you arrive is the imposing Borromeo Palace.We arrived on the backside of the island and did a bit of walking prior to lunch. All I can say is the food and service was magnificent. Take the short trip and enjoy this beautiful little island.
Written November 19, 2019
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Sarah R
London, UK38 contributions
Oct 2019
There's the Palace - which is huse and ornate, with a lot of paintings.
And the gardens - formal, adorned with statues and white peacocks.

I'd recommend going early or late in the season: in the peak months it gets very crowded. Early October was good: still warm enough to wander around in shirtsleeves, but not too busy. May would be good too - the azaleas would be blooming then.

There is a joint ticket with Isola Madre and Rocca d'Angera - that is good value.

There is a small café and a gift shop inside the gardens - there is a bigger choice of restaurants, gelateria, souvenirs beside the quays, once you have left the gardens.
Written November 3, 2019
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HuskerTraveler2
Lincoln, NE1,061 contributions
Sep 2019
While the Palace is well worth the short ferry ride from Stresa, there is more to this island gem in Lake Maggiorre. It offers quaint shopping. Be sure to explore the back lanes of the island. There are many different restaurants offering unique views. The main draw in my mind is the wonderful outdoor seating on patios, terraces, and sidewalks. The food is fine, but not fabulous. Definitely worth the short ferry ride.
Written October 28, 2019
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OakdaleNewYork
New York19 contributions
Oct 2019
Just writing to warn people that this is a hard place to visit if you are uncomfortable climbing endless stone staircases without any handrails. My husband had to give up and while I walk every day and don’t have arthritis, even I felt nervous.
Written October 18, 2019
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MLG
New York368 contributions
Sep 2019
Bought ourselves a day-long water taxi pass from (what I think is) the only legitimate company on the lake and had no issues hopping between islands! Isola Bella was our first stop and holy smokes, what a way to start! I really didn't know what to expect going in and I was blown away. The palace was massive, so over the top and beautiful. I especially loved the pebbled grottos. We dodged the tour groups and went through at our own pace. The gardens were absolutely incredible - amazing displays, the entire layout was easy to navigate and there were surprises at every turn! Do not miss this unique island!
Written October 12, 2019
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