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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.
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"botanical gardens"
in 11 reviews
"borromeo family"
in 7 reviews
"borromean islands"
in 15 reviews
"english style"
in 5 reviews
"plants and flowers"
in 3 reviews
"private boat"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful birds"
in 2 reviews
"boat trip"
in 4 reviews
"we enjoyed walking"
in 2 reviews
"lovely walk"
in 2 reviews
"interesting collection"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 9 reviews
"combo ticket"
in 2 reviews
"two hours"
in 4 reviews
"every corner"
in 2 reviews
"souvenir shop"
in 2 reviews
"three islands"
in 6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not find the palace all that interesting other than some really creepy puppets, mannequins and dolls. The gardens were very nice. It was a pleasant stroll with a wide variety of plants, trees and peacocks.

Thank Rick K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I preferred this to Isola Bella as it was less crowded and the gardens were much more interesting. It doesn't have Isola Bella's OTT statuary, but that's not a bad thing. (The best gardens on the lake are in Villa Taranto IMHO). The palazzo is...More

Thank decAde51
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The short and cheap journeys from Stresa to the Borromean Islands are a must do. Isola Madre was my personal favourite, with aturalistic planting, immence trees, albino peacocks and a stately home with vintage puppets and furniture on show.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First island we visited, in retrospect it’s the best one. You walk through the beautiful gardens, meet the white peacocks, walk past the resuscitated most beautiful tree in the world, through the magnificent palazzo with great views over Lago Maggiore, end up in an enchanted...More

Thank Jan K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Isola Bella first this day and went to Madre in the afternoon. Bella gets crowded, so it's best to see it early, then relax in Madre after. The garden has beautiful paths to wander and a coffee shop. It is not the...More

1  Thank Global-Villagerr
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

If you have the opportunity to visit Isola Bella we recommend also visiting Isola Madre and Isola Superiore. The gardens and the villa on Isola Madre are superb. The work in repairing the damage from the 2006 storm is impressive. At least spend one hour...More

2  Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

We spent several hours on this island going through the palazzo and the gardens. And, of course, watching the peacocks show off. Get a combined admission with the palazzo on isola bella.

1  Thank David-Miriam-Cohen
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

This was a stop on our tour. The castle is pretty and some very interesting rooms - see the grotto. Limited furniture in the castle. The grounds and garden are very nice. The white peacocks drew the most attention from the group as they called...More

Thank rc1078
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

The garden on Isola Madre is delightful, there are some very interesting plants around. Also there are many rare birds playing hide and seek with you, providing lots of fun and adventure.

1  Thank semanticvision
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

This wonderful selfguided walk is a nice contrast to the more famous Isola Bella. I.Madra is a century earlier, Renaissance period, and less ornamented and darker than the Baroque I. Bella. The marionette exhibit is excellent with many hanging backdrops to the plays and comedies....More

1  Thank Robert L
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29 June 2018|
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Response from Global-Villagerr | Reviewed this property |
I saw no signs restricting animals. But remember, this is a private home, albeit one that admits guests for a fee. I suspect you would be fine if the dog is on a lead, doesn’t bark, and, of course, you clean up after it. I... More
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Jethro672
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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
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