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Stunning Palace

We loved visiting the island and palace - as my husband said "a very upmarket national trust... read more

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Bramley, United Kingdom
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Love this place. Beautiful interior and the gardens are stunning. I really do wish that the house... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Isola Bella SNC, 28838, Stresa, Isola Bella, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday

We loved visiting the island and palace - as my husband said "a very upmarket national trust property"!

Thank cas354
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love this place. Beautiful interior and the gardens are stunning. I really do wish that the house and gardens were included in the boat trip price wise as most people would go there I think. But the extra entrance cost does maybe put some people...More

Thank SKKBmouth
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really stunning, both the palace and the gardens, with beautiful views of Lake Maggiore. A complete visit requires at least 2 hours, especially with the informative audio guide (3€ or 2.99€ through a phone app). Worth buying a combined ticket with at least Isola Madre....More

Thank AndrewLa1
Reviewed 5 days ago

The high spot of a stay in stresa and not to be missed.....the guided tour of the palazzo and the impressive gardens have a most interesting history....all maintained to a very high standard..

Thank PhilipOxford
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an island worth visiting so very pretty. Good tip is that some of the stalls on this island sell items slightly cheaper than mainland Stresa. Worth noting if you are buying a gift.

Thank Tracey C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stunning classical garden, and the palazzo is out of this world! It's worth going even just for the boat trip across. It really is a very beautiful garden.

Thank MaureenB897
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing prepared us for the stunning beauty of the Gardens of the Palace with all-round views of Lake Maggiore

Thank DavidinNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a ferry to the Island Borromee. There is a Palace, beautiful gardens and some shops. Was guided through the amazing palace. Beautiful furniture, wall decorations, view of the lake, grottos and room of wall to wall paintings. I have been to many palaces and...More

Thank drichia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful ornate palace with lots of rooms open to the public . Spectacular terraced gardens/grounds , reached by lake ferry .

Thank Garnon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Half day visit to a beautiful palace. The main part of the palace inside isn’t that special, although whomever loves paintings can get happy there! Really impressive is the ‘grotto’ appartment, which ic a cool and close to the sea place to stay with artworks...More

Thank Pieter S
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Karen M
25 December 2017|
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Response from justgotravel | Reviewed this property |
They close for the season in the fall.
26 January 2016|
Response from omesteef | Reviewed this property |
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|
Response from ale f |
I advise you to go in spring
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