We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
More Info
US$18.68*
and up
Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour from Stresa
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
LOCATION
Italy
CONTACT
Website
Write a ReviewReviews (632)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 11 reviews
"borromeo family"
in 7 reviews
"borromean islands"
in 14 reviews
"english style"
in 5 reviews
"public ferry"
in 4 reviews
"plants and flowers"
in 3 reviews
"private boat"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful birds"
in 2 reviews
"interesting artifacts"
in 2 reviews
"we enjoyed walking"
in 2 reviews
"lovely walk"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 9 reviews
"combo ticket"
in 2 reviews
"three islands"
in 6 reviews
"every corner"
in 2 reviews
"lovely island"
in 2 reviews
"boat companies"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 164 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Isola Madre is a great half day outing for families. I visited on a hot April day with children aged 3 and 7 and it was fabulous. After arriving at the island there’s a flight of stairs before coming to the ticket office. You can...More

Thank BubG
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is a really magnificent place & is a 'must see' when in the area. There are plenty of ferries to take you there from the many towns along the shores of Lake Maggiore. Isola Madre has wonderful Botanical gardens with many fine specimens &...More

2  Thank C_and_H_11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

A must visit with the fantastic palace and Botanic gardens. Colourful birds and peacocks have made this trip unforgettable. Not to be missed

Thank domtomnet
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

This island was just as beautiful as isola bella, the palace was still beautiful but slightly smaller and full of fascinating items. The gardens were full of amazing trees, plants and birds. We stayed longer than we would have expected, we were glad we were...More

Thank nwspm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Must see island., The botanic garden is amazing. The palace at the center of the island has lots of paintings and is really a turist's​ gem

Thank ogeylon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 October 2017

An outstanding palace and when we visited early in the day, we were virtually on our own, although later it became very busy. The gardens are also lovely, with peacocks and many other birds.

1  Thank iceman123EastSussex
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

The Palace and gardens on Isola Madres are far better than those on the more popular Isola Bella. Allow a couple of hours

Thank Steve R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

This is a truly beautiful magical place. The views of the lake from the garden are wonderful. Lovely birds - pheasants and peacocks - roam freely. Lovely old palace to visit as well. Excellent tearoom. Throughly recommended.

Thank stephogrunt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful island. The gardens are truly so so enjoyable and really do need to provide plenty of time to enjoy them. The property is also nice, but the one on isola Bella is so much better.

Thank PPPPPPPP
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

When you park in Stresa you may be approached by boat captains touting for their boat companies, they are reasonable value and have fast clean boats going about hourly, which is enough. You can also get the ferries, they are a little more expensive. Isola...More

Thank Samiseal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 15 hotels in Lake Maggiore
Hotel Pallanza
229 reviews
1.49 km away
Hotel Belvedere
214 reviews
1.50 km away
Hotel San Gottardo
213 reviews
1.50 km away
Europalace Hotel
205 reviews
1.51 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Ristorante la Piratera
114 reviews
.15 km away
Osteria degli Specchi
638 reviews
1.60 km away
Osteria del Riccio
186 reviews
1.55 km away
Tacabutun Restaurant Pizza
333 reviews
1.49 km away
Nearby Attractions
Villa Giulia
36 reviews
1.69 km away
Chiesa di San Vittore
55 reviews
1.77 km away
Palazzo Borromeo
2,045 reviews
1.84 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Jethro672
28 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
1
Vote