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Part of the Borromean archipelago and home to an exotic garden of plants, birds and flowers, this magical island is considered a botanical garden on water.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Isola Madre 28838 Stresa VB, Italy
+39 0323 933478
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All reviews botanical gardens borromean islands worth buying a ticket boat trip interesting exhibits three islands worth a visit souvenir shop two hours lovely island wander around ticket office exotic birds boat companies on display white peacock lily pond
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Reviewed 7 February 2019

The island is full of beautiful gardens. They are not all formally laid out but are charming to walk in with plenty of shade under the trees. the villa is un-curated but full of oddments and old decorations. very interesting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David C
Reviewed 4 February 2019

This island garden has so many different kinds of plants from different ecological niches. Very well looked after tress and shrubs giving the whole place a serene feeling. Lots of different exotic birds wander around adding a different source of colour than the flowers!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank palmpirate
Reviewed 8 November 2018

This huge garden has a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs and for any serious gardener or plantsperson, this is a must. It has a huge Cupressus cashmeriana which was blown down in a tornado, but brought back up by a crane (helicoptered in) and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Stephen J
Reviewed 28 October 2018

We bought the 3 island boat trip for 15 Euros but that only gets you to the islands. We then bought the special price ticket which allowed us to visit the palaces on Isola Bella, Madre and the castle Rocca di Angera and Parc Villa...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Yas46
Reviewed 28 October 2018

I do not know what to say what hasn't been said already - it is an amazing place and if you are contemplating whether to visit it or not, please do!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank DominiLdn
Reviewed 22 October 2018

We went with a kid and managed to walk through the whole island pretty quickly. It's amazingly beautiful, historic and lovely. There are restaurants, little shops and just great views from the island. A must see!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elin R
Reviewed 22 October 2018

It appears that the fewest tourists visit Isola Madre, which is a shame, since I think it is the prettiest and most impressive. First, the building is the oldest, and the furnishings are "simpler" (if a villa can be "simple") - it feels as those...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Small even if it is the largest island in Major lake. You first walk around the place then you enter the castle. The garden as well as the house are very lovely and peaceful. We really enjoyed!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cestmongout
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Elegant island with wonderful garden, quite magical if a little manicured, not a leaf out of place. Worth a visit together with The larger Bella island but this is more of a garden where as Bella a palace. Lots for kids with peacocks, birds and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Speigal
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

One of the most beautiful island in the world, with a magnificient garden and with the world most beautiful tree till 2006

Date of experience: September 2018
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29 June 2018|
Response from Global-Villagerr | Reviewed this property |
I saw no signs restricting animals. But remember, this is a private home, albeit one that admits guests for a fee. I suspect you would be fine if the dog is on a lead, doesn’t bark, and, of course, you clean up after it. I... More
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Response from 371nirl | Reviewed this property |
Regarding the quantity of visits it mainly depends on your own taste... I've been to all three and these are my insights: Villa Taranto is the largest and with the most variety of plants. Isola Bella has both a magnificent... More