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Absolutely amazing furnishings, art and architecture

The four-storey palace is a typical example of Lombard Baroque architecture encompassing elegant... read more

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Larry C
Incredible palace

Paid a quick visit to this famous palazzo, but should have stayed longer! The garden with its... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephen J
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In 1670 Count Vitaliano Borromeo decided to turn a rock awash in the middle of the lake into a “place of delights”. It took four centuries to complete this magnificent work that includes Palazzo Borromeo and its scenic gardens. The tour of the house...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Isola Bella SNC, 28838, Stresa, Isola Bella, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday

The four-storey palace is a typical example of Lombard Baroque architecture encompassing elegant plasterwork, terrazzo floors, views across the lake, artwork, and grottos. Upon entering you encounter a grand sweeping staircase lined with the crests of famous Italian families which have become related to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Paid a quick visit to this famous palazzo, but should have stayed longer! The garden with its famous theatre called, set with terraces all well cultivated.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The palace, the gardens and the setting have to be among the most lovely in all of Italy. This history behind this island is one of love and devotion. The palace is one of my favorite palaces as it's bright and airy, my favorite room...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Stresa, we took a Stresa Tours excursion to the Palace and gardens at Isola Bella on Lago Maggiore. The Borromeo family built this extraordinary palace over the course of four centuries sparing no expense. The palace is lavish with its soaring ceilings, Venetian...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was lucky enough to visit this Palace and had a guide who explained everything inside in details. Loved all the portraits, dancing salon, the walls and each minimum details in this place. The garden is well maintained and the peacocks as well are so...More

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought the special price ticket which allowed us to visit the palaces on Isola Bella, Madre and the castle Rocca di Angera and Parc Villa Pallavicino for only 31 Euros for each adult. Definitely worth saving the money as each were worth visiting. The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a MUST DO while in Stresa. The Palace is very well maintained but is not too dissimilar than any Palazzo of its time...though the location is special. The Garden is what is special. We were there in October so some of the flowers...More

Thank Rick L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazingly beautiful, historic and breathtaking! Every room and every painting have their stories detailed if you love to know their history. Would recommend going early with a guide since it's too huge to get the details by yourself.

Thank rimpsak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bella Island has many gorgeous things, the house has themed rooms, antique furniture, all having an explanatory board in each room. The gardens are impeccable, there are themed rooms, peacocks, citrus trees, each more stunning than the next.

1  Thank NH2CA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful villa - hard to imagine people actually living here - and the grottos beneath that go on - and on (!) - were amazing. Gardens were absolutely gorgeous. I would recommend going here on the first boat from Stresa in the...More

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Dean A
August 7, 2018|
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Response from Isole_Borromee | Property representative |
Hi Dean, after booking you will receive a voucher with a QR code via email and you can choose to print it or to show on your mobile/device at the entrance of the Palace. Enjoy your visit!
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Karen M
December 24, 2017|
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Response from justgotravel | Reviewed this property |
They close for the season in the fall.
January 25, 2016|
Response from omesteef | Reviewed this property |
The island is hardly wheelchair accessible. The are some ramps going up from the private boat peer. And with regular boatservice you will be able to visit the main street. However most establishments aswell as the palace and... More
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