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Address: Isola Bella, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0323 30556

One of three magical islands on Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella charms visitors...

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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Fantastic parfumed air

Fantastic parfumed air was following my whole trip to Stresa. wether on the main land or islands, it was incredible feeling of inhaling paradise air. The place is beautiful. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 November 2016
Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Fantastic parfumed air was following my whole trip to Stresa. wether on the main land or islands, it was incredible feeling of inhaling paradise air. The place is beautiful. It is a must. The gardens are marvelous.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We visited Isola Bella after buying our 2 island stop ticket from Baveno Ferry station. It was a convenient ferry ride to Isola Bella. Isola Bella differs from Isola Madre as it is more commercialized, there were small bistro and souvenir shops at the ferry dock in Isola Bella. The castle at Isola Bella was beautiful and afforded us a... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Love this place it's absolutely stunning the waters are clear all around it and the gardens are stunning it's the. It's visit place on lake maggiore .

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Served by multiple boats (we took the official Gestione navigazione laghi one, larger and probably less expensive) this island has a grand palace of the Borromeo family and a manicured garden. Best to visit from 1:00 to 2:30 pm as tourists Sumer usually eating at isola dei pescatori at that time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This was amazing small castle-island which have been built through 5 centuries and has been completed in last century. Island is totally covered with castle in the north and gardens in the south. It is 10 minut boat ride from Stresa and you will cover the castle and the gardens within 1-2 hour. But you can easilly spend there half... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The contrast between Isola Madre and Isola Bella is really down to taste.We preferred the less formal gardens of Isola Madre while appreciating the immense work and genius that had gone into the gardens here. Also the palazzo here is magnificent, being an illustration of the family history and the role which it has had in modern history, notably the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is only accessible by a short boat ride but well worth the trip. Such incredibly beautiful gardens that have been set around the estate of the Borromeo family. The terraced gardens are well worth the visit, white peacocks parading around the beautifully kept lawns, flowering shrubs, trees, fountains, pools and exotic plants. At the end of one garden is... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Having been glad to get off Isola Pescatori, we dropped off at Isola Bella. This was far more welcoming and pleasing to the eye. You disembark from the various boats and taxis at a pleasant terrace with a fine view back to Isola Pescatori and the rest of the lake. We didn't visit the gardens so had a quick hour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is THEE Garden to visit for value, you see the Palace and the gardens. Isola Bella is practically 90% garden, the remaining 10% is for shopping and eating, drinking. For entry, get off boat and turn left, go to Palace for entry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We took a boat from our home base in Stresa to this island as well as isola madre. The boats run every half hour and takes only a few minutes to reach the island. There are shops and restaurants here but the obvious main attraction is the baroque elaborate estate of the Borromeo family. The rooms of this estate are... More 

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