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Address: Isola Bella, Italy
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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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It astounds me every time i find an island that someone at some time in history created a beautiful estate and flower garden. Back when travel was more treacherous and less... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It astounds me every time i find an island that someone at some time in history created a beautiful estate and flower garden. Back when travel was more treacherous and less glamorous, someone decided to make a msterpiece out here. Dont miss out, join the full tour of all the islands etc. you will not bedisappointed.

Thank Marco C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Must-see when touring the Lake District of Italy/Switzerland. A short water taxi takes you to the island where you can buy tickets to tour the palace. The tour was quite extensive and the docent, Romeo, made it especially fun. Hard to imagine the wealth that built this palace in the 1600's. The grotto is magnificent as are the gardens and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Isola Bella is absolutely beautiful, do not miss it! I suggest you should visit it,Stresa,and lake maggiore with a local guide. You can discover much more about these beautiful places. Micaela is an excellent stresa local guide. You will enjoy her guided tours. She explained us about history, background of this place.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have reached the age group that revels in the great and lesser gardens in the world. The femme is excited to the max at covering The Italian Lakes. Its easy to get here, just follow the herd and hop onto the deck of the public passenger boats, a superb service which glides us as we flit hither and yon,... More 

Thank Eli B
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 1 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 30 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 16 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 16 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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