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“Exotic Plants, Relaxing atmosphere”
Review of Isole di Brissago

Isole di Brissago
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Brissago
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Flowers and plants from 5 continents, relaxing atmosphere, imagine it used to be a private island belonging to the Baroness of Saint-Léger for about 40 years and on the 9th of November 1927 she sold it to Max Emden, doctor in chemistry and mineralogy. The actual house was built in 1928, as you walk through the house you can still see the splendor of how it was. Don't go there too early or too late in the season, May can beautiful but only if there was enough rain in April.
June and September are great months, October can have gorgeous weather at least until the 15th. Take the ferry from Porto Ronco, Locarno or Ascona. From Porto Ronco you can get on a boat every 20 minutes.

Thank Patricia Z
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We visited this lovely botanical garden as part of our Lago Maggiore Express excursion. It was an excellent way to break up the three hour trip back to Stresa.(one hour from Locarno on the ferry, one hour on the island and then two hours back to Stresa). There wasn't a lot of colour when we visited (compared with Isola Madre and Isola Bella!) – I would suggest earlier in the year. However, if you are a keen gardener or interested in plants, it is a fascinating place, especially the displays of unusual vegetables. The landscaping was beautiful, although there were a couple of areas which were “under construction” - I suspect damaged in the storm which decimated the Villa Taranto. The views were spectacular - loads of photo opportunities! Take lunch or a drink on the terrace and enjoy the fabulous views!

Tip 1: If you are visiting as part of the Lago Maggiore Express from Stresa or the south of Maggiore, you can take the 15.10 ferry from Locarno, spend and hour on the island and catch the last ferry back @ 17.10
Tip 2: If visiting from Italy, you can use euros but the change will be given in Swiss francs. (We used ours to buy postcards and sweets!)

1  Thank Margaret151151
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Being a keen gardiner with an interest in landscaping - I just loved this little island. Several ways to get there. Get to Ascona and take a ferry across (20 mins) or take the Locarno/Ascona/Isola ferry (1 hour) - make sure you spend time in Ascona, so pretty and such unique little shops. At the Locarno ferry terminal, look at the combo ticket for the Isola and Centovalli trips. The history of the Island is facinating and the big trees are now some 150 years old. The themed gardens and pathways are immaculately maintained (it's Switzerland), and the floral displays are changed each season. Views are magnificent. The "House" offers restaurants and terrace cafes. I sipped and wandered for two hours.

3  Thank zug1000
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

Boat trip worth it, it really only takes about 20 minutes to go around the gardens but they are beautiful.

Thank unally
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

The boat to isle Brissago is nice but quite expensive.

Thank soxfan
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