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
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 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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MississippiQueenB
Madison, MS264 contributions
Not to be missed!!
Oct 2021
Simply fabulous! Do not miss seeing this fantastic place. It is amazing to see the opulence in which this family lived. The art collection is extensive, and the grounds are just breathtaking!!
Written October 13, 2021
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Thank you so much!
Written October 22, 2021
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JohnHouTX
Houston, TX72 contributions
Amazing Gotta See
Sep 2021
This island has the most amazing palace and garden. We could have spent the whole day roaming the grounds. Has to be the number one attraction in the Lago Maggiore region.
Written October 4, 2021
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Thank you John!
Written October 22, 2021
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,029 contributions
Over the top
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is an absolutely astounding testament by the Borromeo familj and the wealth they must have accumulated over more than 300 years. Its an absolutely outstanding creation with so many details and a garden that is breathtaking
Written September 13, 2021
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Thank you Brigitta!
Written October 22, 2021
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Magdalena T
9 contributions
A must-see
Aug 2021
Though the island is largely touristy - the palace is a must see. A more austere cousin of the palace on Isola Madre, the gardens are epic and the island has a lot more than just the palace to offer.
Written September 8, 2021
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Thank you so much for the visit!
Written October 22, 2021
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David M
Brandon, FL311 contributions
Amazing palace and grounds
Aug 2021
My wife and I spent a day on Isola Bella while vacationing in the Lago Maggiore region. We were not sure what to expect and we were happily surprised. The Palazzo Borromeo was interesting, historic, and beautiful. We had to leave after 3 hrs. to catch the boat back to Baveno and did not come close to seeing everything. We plan on a return visit in the future to finish our tour. Really a must see if you travel to Isola Bella, Stresa, or Baveno.
Written September 1, 2021
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Thank you for your visit David, hope to see you soon!
Written September 6, 2021
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Andrej J
London, UK12 contributions
Boromeo palace BAD experience
Aug 2021 • Friends
Totaly dissapointed. We couldn’t get in - we had five days old green card, and they didn’t let us in. Make no sense!! At the entrance they told us to GO to test and after two days again.... so, in the Future we will skip such a places.
Written August 21, 2021
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danielgfuchs
Tafers, Switzerland205 contributions
Yes it was a nice building
Aug 2021
The building was impressive but that is all I couild say. Not worth to stand inline to wait to get in. Look from the oputside and you have seen enough.
Written August 18, 2021
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nine52
Hilton Head, SC328 contributions
A must see
Aug 2021
The palace with its gardens are beautiful. Do not forget the cages with the multicolor little birds in the gardens. They are adorable. We were not lucky with the weather but the visit was even completely worthwhile. Beautiful flowers everywhere.
Written August 7, 2021
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Thank you for your visit Nine!
Written August 13, 2021
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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, UK32 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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