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One of three magical islands on Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella charms visitors with its magnificent Baroque palace and terraced gardens that slope to the lake.
Isola Bella, Italy
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

1  Thank Dean D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

1  Thank John C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

1  Thank hlb96
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While we preferred the gardens on Isola Madre, this palazzo was far more impressive. Many cute shops on the island, too.

1  Thank GloryGirl78
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

2  Thank MarianneMou
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

2  Thank Binkza
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank Dulki
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank happysolo_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank buob2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

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. We then...More

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13 June 2018|
Response from Pia_Dia_Pia | Reviewed this property |
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
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30 May 2018|
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Response from youmeandI |
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