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We werent sure what to expect from this, the third island on our day seeing the three Borromean Islands but it turned out to be our favourite. Gorgeous informal gardens with seats facing the lake, shade, and a lovely house (pity about puppet collection). Lovely...More
If you're in the Lake Maggiore area, this is worth a stop. We visited here as an excursion on our Trafalgar Best of Italy bus tour and we had a lovely tour here one morning before it got busy. I was there with my husband...More
This was the first of two islands we visited. The Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre was larger and more impressive than this one. However, the gardens and grounds (where we saw peacocks in the wild and parakeets in an aviary) were spectacular!
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This is not a commonly known location but it is a highlight of any Italian tour of Italy. I’ve visited many places on Europe but this is one place I will never forget. This is a tiny island completely independent of direct land access. There...More
The palace is beautiful, but it's also incredibly busy and the tour only goes through a few rooms of the palace. It was neat to see, but I enjoyed strolling through the shops and eating lunch by the water just as much if not more....More
The Palace is beautifully maintained. The furnishings amazing. Each room has an explanation card in English which were excellent. Highly recommended.
Please note that you cannot visit the garden without first walking through the Palace.
The attached garden is a highlight. It takes at least...More
There is a very good tour you can take of the Borromeo palace when on Isola Madre & it's well worth doing as the history of the palace & the area is fascinating. This gives us a fuller picture of the lives & workings of...More
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Exactly is in Lake Maggiore. You would go to Stressa, which is a lovely typical small Italian town. Along the center of the town, you would see the marina and there are a lot of parking spaces. You would take a 10 minute... More
Exactly is in Lake Maggiore. You would go to Stressa, which is a lovely typical small Italian town. Along the center of the town, you would see the marina and there are a lot of parking spaces. You would take a 10 minute boat ride to "Isola Bella" €15 euros round trip. I believe it was €17 or €18 for visiting the palace and gardens. We did not need reservations for either the boat ride or to visit the palace.
Take note that there are 3 islands. They would ask you if you want to go to the 3 islands and if you have time it may be nice. We opted to only go to Isola Bella and take our time there. There are a few cute restaurants in the island.