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With time for a day at Lago Maggiore I'm glad we chose to visit Isola Bella.
Train from Milan Centrale to Stresa took about an hour, and from Stresa a 5-10 minute ferry ride gets you to the island. You don't need to pay a...More
Isola Bella is 400 year old island in Lake Maggiore own by the Borromeo family that is a showcase of Barroque architecture and beauty. It consist of a Pallazzo and a beatiful garden. Tha palazzo is a museum of barroque architecture, plenty of arts and...More
Thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Fab rooms in the palace and super gardens.
We went there for approx 9.45am, not too busy. A couple of large tour groups but you could get ahead or lag behind them.
We got an audio guide but I wouldn’t bother...More
This is a really pretty island upon which stands a very impressive villa owned by the Borromeo family. It really is beautiful. It is quickly reached by water taxi.
It has spectacular gardens which are arranged in terraces.
People who went into the villa on...More
The gardens were lovely although some parts were cordoned off. The palace is beautiful. However the cafe/bar was not easy to find. The service was very slow. The staff were very abrupt and quite rude in some cases. Service was not given at the bar...More
The best best visit during our tour!! I basically went to see the white peacocks!!! And they were all dancing, so I was super happy!!! The entire island is like a fairy tale!! It's so beautiful!! Breathtaking!!! Isola Bella and Isola Madre will take an...More
This is a beautiful island accessable only by boat. The palatial castle and gardens are spectacular. Apparently Princess Diana and Prince Charles spent sometime there during their honeymoon. The extensive formal gardens are beautifully kept and are home to several rare white peacocks. The castle...More
We had a guided tour through the palatial Borromeo villa on arriving on the island . Guide was very entertaining and you could see how proud he was to show us about the residence. Prince Borromeo still has apartments within the villa which he uses...More
We travelled up the lake from Arona by boat walked along the lakeside to the cable car beach area and crossed by launch from there. We then visited the house which is decorated and furnished very much like an English stately home, Wonderful.
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This Isola Bella place is not accessible at all! You can’t go anyware without walking on the stairs. There are stairs on the palace and a lot of stairs in the baroque garden. I didn’t notice any elevators nor ramps. But i... More
This Isola Bella place is not accessible at all! You can’t go anyware without walking on the stairs. There are stairs on the palace and a lot of stairs in the baroque garden. I didn’t notice any elevators nor ramps. But i did see older people with walking sticks so if your parents manage to walk a lot of stairs, maybe... There is one guided road through the palace and you can get to the garden only by walking through the whole palace.
Last ferry out of Stresa to the mainland is at 17:30, and no you cannot have dinner as the restaurants close soon after the last ferry has left. There are no hotels on Isola Bella, but you can find a BB