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One of three magical islands on Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella charms visitors with its magnificent Baroque palace and terraced gardens that slope to the lake.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Bought ourselves a day-long water taxi pass from (what I think is) the only legitimate company on the lake and had no issues hopping between islands! Isola Bella was our first stop and holy smokes, what a way to start! I really didn't know what...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank micheleg91519
Reviewed 1 week ago

NEVER, never use water taxi with sign "VS" to Isola Bella from Stresa!!! This private company is absolutely incorrect!!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank StefanM47
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing island , steep in history well worth the visit so much to see , the architecture stretches through the decades

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Darren P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The last stop on the $15 Euro per person three island stop. Beautiful 15th/16th century palace on a secluded island with tropical plants and beautiful birds and wildlife. The area around the lake is very tropical with palm tree's and foliage. It's a typical up...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rengels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Were with a large group and an Italian tour guide who gave us a tour of the Palace. Absolutely beautiful rooms and many magnificent paintings and architecture. Afterwards we visited the stunning gardens with a wide variety of plants and trees. There is a small...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank westie23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to visit from Stresa by taking the ferry. The palace was very crowded with tour parties so difficult to get round and it was very hot in there. The gardens were very well kept and had great views of the lake. The cafe had...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Maryjane P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So many tour groups and it wasn’t even peak season. Despite my aversion to crowded places this did not disappoint. Mind blowing architectural palace that you can happily spend time exploring. Exquisite gardens and a step back into history. It’s a shame that more attention...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank fizzylicious
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are worth the visit- if you've seen one castle you've seen them all IMHO, but the grottoes are unusual. Although there were many tour groups the gardens are huge and absorb many people. Two words of warning 1. you HAVE to buy tickets...More

Date of experience: September 2019
4  Thank nytravell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You land outside the Palace where we had an organised visit but no guide and no maps available. The palace, full of rooms with pictures, old thrones, beds, etc etc, bored me and I couldn't get out to the gardens quick enough. Surprisingly the tea/coffee...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank alistair b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the palace is amazing in parts, it was hard to enjoy the visit as we were having to elbow our way around the whole time, with large guided groups blocking the rooms. The gardens were signposted poorly with the result that many people were...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Ana M
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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
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