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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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.