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A 17th-century palace featuring an Italian Baroque style.
Isola Madre, Italy
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Reviewed 22 October 2018

If you can visit just one island, make Madre the one! This villa is the oldest and most "lived in" - the gardens outside are gorgeous as well.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

We werent sure what to expect from this, the third island on our day seeing the three Borromean Islands but it turned out to be our favourite. Gorgeous informal gardens with seats facing the lake, shade, and a lovely house (pity about puppet collection). Lovely...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

If you're in the Lake Maggiore area, this is worth a stop. We visited here as an excursion on our Trafalgar Best of Italy bus tour and we had a lovely tour here one morning before it got busy. I was there with my husband...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank MSU14
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

This was the first of two islands we visited. The Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre was larger and more impressive than this one. However, the gardens and grounds (where we saw peacocks in the wild and parakeets in an aviary) were spectacular! I suggest buying...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

So many intricate details in this palace. Move through the maze of the building, you see interesting old style European interiors with tapestries and designs.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

One of my favorite Palaces in Italia. The art is amazing but the lower level is truly unique. The gardens are breathtaking esp with the views of the lake.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

This is not a commonly known location but it is a highlight of any Italian tour of Italy. I’ve visited many places on Europe but this is one place I will never forget. This is a tiny island completely independent of direct land access. There...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Plunderedtreasure
Reviewed 5 June 2018

The palace is beautiful, but it's also incredibly busy and the tour only goes through a few rooms of the palace. It was neat to see, but I enjoyed strolling through the shops and eating lunch by the water just as much if not more....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Lindsey484
Reviewed 1 June 2018

The Palace is beautifully maintained. The furnishings amazing. Each room has an explanation card in English which were excellent. Highly recommended. Please note that you cannot visit the garden without first walking through the Palace. The attached garden is a highlight. It takes at least...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Peter A
Reviewed 10 November 2017

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

Date of experience: October 2017
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Linda B
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Response from MariaZ8816 | 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