Palazzo Borromeo

Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Palazzo Borromeo Reviews: 4.5/5

Palazzo Borromeo
4.5
Art Galleries • Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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
In 1670 Count Vitaliano Borromeo decided to turn a rock awash in the middle of the lake into a “place of delights”. It took four centuries to complete this magnificent work that includes Palazzo Borromeo and its scenic gardens. The tour of the house is fascinating: the Throne and Queens rooms, the Napoleon's Room, the Gallery of General Berthier displaying a collection of 130 paintings. On a lower floor, six grottoes covered with pebbles, tufa rock, stucco and marble were designed to afford cool relief from summer heat. World famous, its baroque garden, with the Teatro Massimo at the centre, consists of ten terraces in the shape of a truncated pyramid. Visitors marvel at the sight of the monumental unicorn, the obelisks, the statues, the two towers and other architectural elements, as well as the mighty trees, like the camphor and citrus trees, and the collections of roses, rhododendrons and camellias.
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Andrea G
4 contributions
Very nice visit of the Palace and the beautiful gardens
Oct 2020
Visiting the palace is a must, the experience is unique and it is nice to see how well the rooms and furniture are keps.
Written October 25, 2020
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Wolfe
London, UK30 contributions
Highlight of our stay
Sep 2020 • Couples
We hadn't done a lot of research so ended up getting a ferry to three islands. We went late in the day which meant there were fewer visitors (which was great). We have seen quite a few palaces but this was really unique and worthwhile for the beautiful and ambitious decor and gardens.
Written September 19, 2020
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seiraele2li
Cremona, Italy18 contributions
Beautiful island ... I would say fantastic!
May 2020 • Couples
Acomfortable boat took us from Stresa to Isolabella in 10 min. The visit to the palace was magical. Very suggestive place and full of history! A large door with a view opens onto a fabulous garden, full of holes and magical creatures! The right period I would say April / May when it is not too hot cistus exposure to the sun! To be given absolutely!
Written August 18, 2020
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Tiziano P
Brighton and Hove, UK31 contributions
Amazing gardens ! It makes you feel like an aristocrat
Aug 2020
Although a bit pricey (look out for combined deals with the boat tickets) it is a lovely experience - the palace is pretty baroque and fully integrated in the scenery - however, the gardens are the star of the visit _ Excellent In good weather I would allow myself enough time to stroll and relax in the gardens
Written August 12, 2020
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RobertMBE2014
London, UK279 contributions
A fantastic palace with an amazing garden
Aug 2020 • Couples
Last time we visited we stuck to the amazing Baroque palace with its amazing rooms, pictures etc. Too much mention of the brute Napoleon and his brutish followers who trashed the place. But the gardens are simply a revelation. This is one of the greatest places to visit in the whole of Europe.
Written August 6, 2020
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bubbly
Coppet, Switzerland13 contributions
Beautifully maintained gardens
Jul 2020
The Pallazzo is worth a visit, rooms with treasures then the garden where you can stroll, relax and have a refreshing drink on the cafeteria terrace.
Written July 23, 2020
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Alice c
Lecco, Italy137 contributions
Worth visiting
Jul 2020 • Couples
Absolutely worth buying the tickets to visit this amazing gem in lake maggiore! The garden and the panoramic view from the palace will leave you speechless!!! Better to visit in spring or autumn when it’s not to hot outside.
Written July 7, 2020
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DUrsoF73
Borgarello, Italy80 contributions
Isola Bella isn’t bella, but magnifica!
Jun 2020 • Solo
What a truly magnificent palace! Definitely worth the visit. Tickets for an adult are €17 (see photo attached for the admission fees). There is a oneway system which weaves through all the majestic rooms; one more spectacular than the next.
The gardens are just as impressive and are out of this world, simply exquisite.
Definitely worth the visit as it’s a truly pleasurable day out!
Had an exhilarating close encounter with the most beautiful white peacock ever, vainly displaying her beauty.
Stopped off for a cappuccino and pastry (€6.50 a little overpriced but the view was worth the spend) at the caffettiera in the gardens which was a peaceful moment to appreciate the surrounding beauty.
Easy to get here with “Navigazione Lago Maggiore”. €4 return ticket from Carciano (first dock I found walking from Stresa trainstation along the lake) to Isola Bella.
Definitely worth the visit!
Written June 30, 2020
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913ange
Uk81 contributions
Fantastic gardens and scenery
Sep 2019
Went by ferry for the day from Stresa harbour. Quite expensive but worth it. The grounds are very well kept. The views are breathtaking. Nice cafe and gift shop. It has lots to see inside. Would visit again.
Written February 7, 2020
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janetaherne
Skipton, UK15 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2019
One of the three of the Borromean islands. Just a short boat trip from our hotel. Beautiful palazzo with lots of wonderful paintings, objects d'art and furniture. Some rather creepy grotto rooms. A little difficult for disabled visitors as many steps.
Written December 31, 2019
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