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Very touristy (!) so choose timing but we found September good. Well worth the visit to wander... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Gardens are not as outrageous as I was expecting

The gardens are beautiful. On a blue warm day in early summer there are not many places in the... read more

Reviewed June 1, 2018
Peter A
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very touristy (!) so choose timing but we found September good. Well worth the visit to wander around the palace and gardens. Lots to see and do and learn about past Italian glories. Great for photography.

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Reviewed June 1, 2018

The gardens are beautiful. On a blue warm day in early summer there are not many places in the world better. I was, however expecting the gardens and the garden decorations to be more outrageous than they turned out to be.

Thank Peter A
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

We took a ticket on one of the ferries to see all three islands. They are all amazing and we spent several hours on madre and bella. Buy a combined admisdion for the attractions on these islands. Save souveniers and food for pescatore, which is...More

Thank David-Miriam-Cohen
Reviewed October 11, 2017

There are three islands, all different in many ways. You can buy a ticket that incudes the boat to all three and entry to the palaces on Isola Bells and Isola Madre. They are well worth visiting.

5  Thank iceman123EastSussex
Reviewed August 20, 2017

romantic, architectural beauty, museum, its all there on the islands. reveals much about the history of the area in many ways. really a must see for everyone going to the Lago Maggiore.

Thank Ansel P
Reviewed July 8, 2017

This is the number 1 must do. Ignore the boat “captains” at Stresa ( and the official looking cubicle outside of the main ferry terminal) and other locations who tell you that they are the ones to take you around. The main ferry company (large...More

3  Thank ianatcambridge
Reviewed July 5, 2017

We took the tour for visiting the 3 islands, Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori. If you visit the islands you have to see Isola Madre and Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori is not the prettiest but ok for eating or having a...More

2  Thank 597miriamd
Reviewed June 8, 2017

What a palazzo! Incredible wealth and beauty at the villa on Isole Borromme. While we preferred Isola Madre botanical gardens, don't miss these more formal ones. I would definitely skip Isola Pescateri. It was very crowded and nothing special to see.

1  Thank NCtraveler114
Reviewed May 29, 2017

I only went to the Isola Bella and Isola Pescateri and enjoyed them both greatly. Spent three hours on Isola Bella first, reasonably priced ticket to get into the palace and the gardens, beautiful paintings collection, gorgeous palace, lots of history - greatly recommend the...More

3  Thank julia_world_boston
Reviewed May 24, 2017

The famous Isola Bella attracts thousands, the Palazzo itself is interesting but it's the gardens people come to see. Formal gardens, very manicured and stylised, filled with statues. It's almost a case of trying to fit in as many statues as possible. Peacocks wandering around...More

1  Thank cezmund
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October 10, 2016|
Response from Umberto V | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can. You have to take care of the closing period of the amazing places on the Islands. Usually in Autumn and Winter the palaces and gardens are closed even if the free parts are available all the year.
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