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Palazzo Borromeo

Isola Bella SNC, 28838, Stresa, Isola Bella, Italy
+39 0323 30556
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Great for Garden lovers - Following in Monty's footsteps

If you're a garden lover, like my wife, then you'll love this place. Even as someone who isn't, I'd... read more

Reviewed today
Martn C
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Simply beautiful beautiful

There are no words to express the beauty of this place. Anybody going to Lago Maggiore has to go... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Josephinemata
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St Julians
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In 1670 Count Vitaliano Borromeo decided to turn a rock awash in the middle of the lake into a “place of delights”. It took four centuries to complete this magnificent work that includes Palazzo Borromeo and its scenic gardens. The tour of the house is fascinating: the Throne and Queens rooms, the Napoleon's Room, the Gallery of General Berthier displaying a collection of 130 paintings. On a lower floor, six grottoes covered with pebbles, tufa rock, stucco and marble were designed to afford cool relief from summer heat. World famous, its baroque garden, with the Teatro Massimo at the centre, consists of ten terraces in the shape of a truncated pyramid. Visitors marvel at the sight of the monumental unicorn, the obelisks, the statues, the two towers and other architectural elements, as well as the mighty trees, like the camphor and citrus trees, and the collections of roses, rhododendrons and camellias.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Isola Bella SNC, 28838, Stresa, Isola Bella, Italy
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+39 0323 30556
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"lake maggiore"
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"small island"
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"a short boat ride"
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"gardens are lovely"
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"isola pescatori"
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Reviewed today via mobile

If you're a garden lover, like my wife, then you'll love this place. Even as someone who isn't, I'd have to say that the gardens are magnificent. For my wife, the added bonus was that a couple of years ago she saw a programme with...More

Thank Martn C
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are no words to express the beauty of this place. Anybody going to Lago Maggiore has to go and see this lovely Island

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A short boat ride from Stresa, Isola Bella is almost entirely taken up by the palace and amazing gardens. I got in free with my RHS membership. The palace is impressive in its own right, but the gardens are just amazing. They are formal gardens...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Located on one of the islands on Lake Maggiore this is a large imposing palace where the owners still reside on the top floors for a couple of months a year. Their family flag can be seen flying when they are in residence. You can...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The inside of the palace is the same as most to be honest but the gardens is a real treat! Peacocks and peahens everywhere and so friendly! The gardens are stunning

Thank bethanyc17
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Just a short boat ride from Stresa or Baveno , Isola Bella really is just that,a beautiful little island. The Pallazzo has fine art, beautiful rooms, an amazing array of puppets and gardens with stunning white peacocks, showing off their tail feathers for any one...More

Thank Harry L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is right up there with other European palaces. Artwork in every room The gardens were over the top. We had limited time to see it and would have liked to spend more time. Each room has descriptions of the artwork we didn’t always...More

Thank Sleeper22
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in awe most of my visit here! It’s so beautiful and the palace is magnificent! You will not regret visiting this island! The gardens are jaw dropping!

Thank tjcookielady
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing gardens with peacocks, awesome panoramic views, interesting palace and incredible gardens. Probably the highlight of our stay. If you only go to one island make sure it’s this one.

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is very expensive to gain entry, but that is the only downside. There are so many situations that could be used to describe the palace, but for us the gardens, the peacocks and the lake views stole the show. The island itself is lovely...More

Thank Birmingham79
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Karen M
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They close for the season in the fall.
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caseyjonesDublin
26 January 2016|
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The island is hardly wheelchair accessible. The are some ramps going up from the private boat peer. And with regular boatservice you will be able to visit the main street. However most establishments aswell as the palace and... More
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15 November 2015|
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