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All reviews beautiful island borromeo family over the top boat trip borromeo palace audio guide entrance fee formal gardens white peacock well worth the visit three islands few minutes borromean islands water taxi spectacular gardens italian garden baroque style
It’s been more than a year since I visited this amazing island on a guided tour with a friend and plan to take my daughter there this year. It is an eye popping experience and view into the past lifestyles of the rich and religious...More
In addition to the splendid baroque palace, Carlo Borromeo IV finished construction of the gardens and inaugurated them in 1671. Much attention has been paid to the grandiose Italian garden. Divided into ten sloping terraces, it is decorated with ponds, fountains, architectural perspectives, and a...More
Visited Isola Bella in October this year and found a stunning island palace and gardens.
A must trip to do when visiting Lake Maggiore.
In season this would be extremely buisy so to get full enjoyment go when it's quiet.
Lots of lovely rooms in...More
We paid 15 Euros for the 3 island boat trip. The boats were only going once an hour so we were concerned about this but they did arrive and leave on time. I don't know what happens in high season though. We were there in...More
This place is designed to impress and demonstrate power and wealth, but it does not have a real spirit of a home or a happy place to live. The palace is a complex of large, pompously decorated rooms. They are imposing, but none seem comfortable...More
While the residence / palace itself was very beautiful, it was the gardens that really captured my interest. There were a number of white peacocks strutting through the grounds. I spent time wandering through the gardens and noted that the owners (or their gardeners) had...More
This gorgeous island is accessed by motor boats which leave from various locations, which also serve the two other nearby islands.
Apart from the ferry charge, there is a charge of about €16 per person to visit the island, which allows you through the enormous...More
Words cannot express the immense scale of this place. It must be seen to be appreciated. It took four centuries to complete. Give it at least 3 hours. In my opinion, this the top attraction in the Lago Maggiore area. You will start with the...More
Best to visit in combination with 3 island hopping. This island is the 2nd stop and for sure the most impressing one. The palazzo is huge and has so much to see (if you are willing to pay 16€ per person). In combination with the...More
Response from Steve7887 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there are boats to the Isola Bella and the other islands, leaving quite frequently. You will need at least two hours to see the palace and the gardens, but four would be better. There are cafes and food stalls near the... More
Hi, there are boats to the Isola Bella and the other islands, leaving quite frequently. You will need at least two hours to see the palace and the gardens, but four would be better. There are cafes and food stalls near the landing on the island, and a cafe at the far end of the gardens. It’s definitely worth a visit. Do check the websites for boat and opening times, and enjoy your trip.
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
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 did see older people with walking sticks so if your parents manage to walk a lot of stairs, maybe... There is one guided road through the palace and you can get to the garden only by walking through the whole palace.