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Isola Madre

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Part of the Borromean archipelago and home to an exotic garden of plants, birds and flowers, this magical island is considered a botanical garden on water.
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Isola Madre 28838 Stresa VB, Italy
+39 0323 933478
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ferries are not very frequent, meaning the ticket office has long queues when people disembark. If you're short on time, book tickets in advance and show on your phone. This is a great island to wander around, and the house is very pretty with...More

2  Thank Giles D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we visited this island last, when doing the 3 Borromean Islands. It is a more informal style house and garden than Isola Bella, but just as beautiful in it's own way. The house has some very interesting exhibits, particularly the puppet theatre sets and puppets....More

Thank Simon G
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This small private island has a beatiful and well maintained park, with trees coming from all over ther world. You can reach it in 30 minutes from Stresa by boat (Navigazione Lago Maggiore). During the boat trip you can enjoy a great view and many...More

Thank PF137
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Loved it here so much because of the gardens- personally preferred to Isola Bella. More “informal” but beautiful colours and lots of trees too. Palace was quirky!

Thank hlb96
Reviewed 4 August 2018

We visited Isola Madre on our three Island tour on the Lake.This was our second Island of the day.We were not at all disappointed with this Island, it wasn't as crowded as Isola Bella but still lovely, an interesting houseand beautiful gardens.The Marionettes are a...More

1  Thank olddutch2018
Reviewed 29 July 2018

We combined all three Islands on one day - best to get to Isola Bella gardens first, as it gets busy, then over to Isola Pescartori for lunch, and Madre in the afternoon - its quieter, with sloping strolls through trees and gardens, with peacocks...More

Thank gerbilsontour
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We did not find the palace all that interesting other than some really creepy puppets, mannequins and dolls. The gardens were very nice. It was a pleasant stroll with a wide variety of plants, trees and peacocks.

Thank Rick K
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

I preferred this to Isola Bella as it was less crowded and the gardens were much more interesting. It doesn't have Isola Bella's OTT statuary, but that's not a bad thing. (The best gardens on the lake are in Villa Taranto IMHO). The palazzo is...More

Thank decAde51
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

The short and cheap journeys from Stresa to the Borromean Islands are a must do. Isola Madre was my personal favourite, with aturalistic planting, immence trees, albino peacocks and a stately home with vintage puppets and furniture on show.

Thank David B
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

First island we visited, in retrospect it’s the best one. You walk through the beautiful gardens, meet the white peacocks, walk past the resuscitated most beautiful tree in the world, through the magnificent palazzo with great views over Lago Maggiore, end up in an enchanted...More

Thank Jan K
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29 June 2018|
Response from Global-Villagerr | Reviewed this property |
I saw no signs restricting animals. But remember, this is a private home, albeit one that admits guests for a fee. I suspect you would be fine if the dog is on a lead, doesn’t bark, and, of course, you clean up after it. I... More
28 August 2016|
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Response from Nir L | Reviewed this property |
Regarding the quantity of visits it mainly depends on your own taste... I've been to all three and these are my insights: Villa Taranto is the largest and with the most variety of plants. Isola Bella has both a magnificent... More