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Part of the Borromean archipelago and home to an exotic garden of plants, birds and flowers, this magical island is considered a botanical garden on water.
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Isola Madre 28838 Stresa VB, Italy
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This small private island has a beatiful and well maintained park, with trees coming from all over ther world. You can reach it in 30 minutes from Stresa by boat (Navigazione Lago Maggiore). During the boat trip you can enjoy a great view and many...More

Thank PF137
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it here so much because of the gardens- personally preferred to Isola Bella. More “informal” but beautiful colours and lots of trees too. Palace was quirky!

Thank hlb96
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Isola Madre on our three Island tour on the Lake.This was our second Island of the day.We were not at all disappointed with this Island, it wasn't as crowded as Isola Bella but still lovely, an interesting houseand beautiful gardens.The Marionettes are a...More

1  Thank olddutch2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We combined all three Islands on one day - best to get to Isola Bella gardens first, as it gets busy, then over to Isola Pescartori for lunch, and Madre in the afternoon - its quieter, with sloping strolls through trees and gardens, with peacocks...More

Thank gerbilsontour
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We did not find the palace all that interesting other than some really creepy puppets, mannequins and dolls. The gardens were very nice. It was a pleasant stroll with a wide variety of plants, trees and peacocks.

Thank Rick K
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

I preferred this to Isola Bella as it was less crowded and the gardens were much more interesting. It doesn't have Isola Bella's OTT statuary, but that's not a bad thing. (The best gardens on the lake are in Villa Taranto IMHO). The palazzo is...More

Thank decAde51
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

The short and cheap journeys from Stresa to the Borromean Islands are a must do. Isola Madre was my personal favourite, with aturalistic planting, immence trees, albino peacocks and a stately home with vintage puppets and furniture on show.

Thank David B
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

First island we visited, in retrospect it’s the best one. You walk through the beautiful gardens, meet the white peacocks, walk past the resuscitated most beautiful tree in the world, through the magnificent palazzo with great views over Lago Maggiore, end up in an enchanted...More

Thank Jan K
Reviewed 21 June 2018

We went to Isola Bella first this day and went to Madre in the afternoon. Bella gets crowded, so it's best to see it early, then relax in Madre after. The garden has beautiful paths to wander and a coffee shop. It is not the...More

1  Thank Global-Villagerr
Reviewed 1 June 2018

If you have the opportunity to visit Isola Bella we recommend also visiting Isola Madre and Isola Superiore. The gardens and the villa on Isola Madre are superb. The work in repairing the damage from the 2006 storm is impressive. At least spend one hour...More

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29 June 2018|
Response from Global-Villagerr | Reviewed this property |
I saw no signs restricting animals. But remember, this is a private home, albeit one that admits guests for a fee. I suspect you would be fine if the dog is on a lead, doesn’t bark, and, of course, you clean up after it. I... More
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Response from Nir L | Reviewed this property |
Regarding the quantity of visits it mainly depends on your own taste... I've been to all three and these are my insights: Villa Taranto is the largest and with the most variety of plants. Isola Bella has both a magnificent... More