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A 17th-century palace featuring an Italian Baroque style.
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“grotto” (4 reviews)
“gardens” (14 reviews)
“tapestries” (2 reviews)
Isola Madre, Italy
+39 0323 30556
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank C_and_H_11
Reviewed 20 August 2017

I tend to see a visit to this palace as a necessary introduction to being allowed to go for my life in the gardens. By taking that attitude I probably damn the place with faint praise because there are remarkable things to see notably the...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 27 July 2017

It is 16euros to enter the Palace and my friend and I would both highly recommend it ! It was absolutely marvelous and we never wanted to leave. You follow a select route around the Palace and get to see each and every room, more...More

1  Thank RobynYSDobson
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

You have to pay 16 Euro pp for the palace & gardens - even if you only want to see the gardens! And you can see the gardens anywhere from shore or even from the cable car! Place is also full of tacky gift stalls...More

2  Thank littlerae0fsunshine
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This is indeed a very unique attraction. The palace itself is outstanding with gorgeous furniture, and grand salons with exquisite wood work and art. Then, the views from the many windows opened to a glistening Lake Maggiore. "The Grotto" in the lower level of the...More

1  Thank Maria Z
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Beautiful, fascinating palazzo with magnificent gardens and a very interesting history. We loved visiting and wandering the gardens. Guides are provided for a tour of the palazzo. Our guide was awful (I couldn't read her name or I state it) – inappropriate jokes that fell...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 4 January 2016

While there is an extra charge to tour the palace, it is well worth it. My favourite room is the art gallery, and the puppet hall is quite remarkable. Take your time and don't rush or else you will miss the many small gems that...More

1  Thank Lynnclaire D
Reviewed 24 October 2015

This island is a huge castle with a small village on the side. You'll find everything the nobles may have had: - botanical garden and more, - amazing view, - arts: paintings, statues, tapestry, furnitures...........), - archeology, -...

2  Thank David R
Reviewed 6 October 2015

If the paintings and many of the furniture are not especially remarkable there, some objet d'art and curiosities are worth of our attention in the numerous immense rooms of this very impressive palace. Don't miss the "à la Française" gardens with the view on the...More

Thank dialectique
Reviewed 6 September 2015

It was a fantastic visit to this grand palace. It is hard to believe a family owns this and not the state and that they still stay here. The history of this family is fascinating. The guide was so enthralled with the family that I...More

Thank judy r
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Response from Maria Z | Reviewed this property |
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