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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.
Isola Bella, Italy
+39 0323 30556
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 January 2013

I have returned from a fantastic tour of Italy. I chose the months of Sept/October after much reviewing. I had a ball the weather was perfect the company fantastic and the Italian scenery just what I had hoped. I spent 4 nights by Lake Maggiore...More

36  Thank lti045
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Although dominated by stalls peddling tacky tourist “gifts”, Isola Bella is still worth a visit which should be culminated with a slow walk around the gardens of the Borromeo Palace and refreshment at their garden café. The obligatory trip around the house (palace??) to get...More

5  Thank Phil D
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Larry C
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank michaelandmikes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Yas46
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 4 October 2018

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

3  Thank Christine A
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Lawnturtle
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Doug J
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank sdoebs
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

We walked towards the ferry kiosk but were intercepted by a guy talking about the three island tour. He redirected us to a perfectly good looking booth and sold us a pair of tickets for the day. Then chaperoned us to a small vessel off...More

1  Thank Baggiesguy
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Stunning island with beautiful gardens. We did the day trip visiting all 3 islands - Isola Madre first, Superiore second and Bella last, and timed it so that we had lunch on Superiore which was really good. The gardens and whole island are beautifully maintained...More

2  Thank sus86london
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Ana M
10 September 2018|
Response from Steve L | 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
Lionel F
28 June 2018|
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13 June 2018|
Response from PiaDia | Reviewed this property |
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
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