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Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour from Stresa
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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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"botanical gardens"
in 11 reviews
"borromeo family"
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"english style"
in 5 reviews
"borromean islands"
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"plants and flowers"
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"private boat"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful birds"
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"interesting artifacts"
in 2 reviews
"boat trip"
in 4 reviews
"lovely walk"
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"we enjoyed walking"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"combo ticket"
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"two hours"
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"every corner"
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"three islands"
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"souvenir shop"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

2  Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent several hours on this island going through the palazzo and the gardens. And, of course, watching the peacocks show off. Get a combined admission with the palazzo on isola bella.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a stop on our tour. The castle is pretty and some very interesting rooms - see the grotto. Limited furniture in the castle. The grounds and garden are very nice. The white peacocks drew the most attention from the group as they called...More

Thank rc1078
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

The garden on Isola Madre is delightful, there are some very interesting plants around. Also there are many rare birds playing hide and seek with you, providing lots of fun and adventure.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

This wonderful selfguided walk is a nice contrast to the more famous Isola Bella. I.Madra is a century earlier, Renaissance period, and less ornamented and darker than the Baroque I. Bella. The marionette exhibit is excellent with many hanging backdrops to the plays and comedies....More

1  Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Be sure to take the hop on and hop off ferry. This was my favorite island on a bright sunny day. The mansion was lovely more realistic. I loved all the puppet backdrops, and puppets, as well as the dolls. The grounds are a bird...More

Thank Patricia D
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We took a boat to Isola Madre and Isola Bella from Cannero Rivera (ticket price for the boat is 26€ per person and it dies not include the ticket to the gardens and the palace of course) What could be better than a boat trip...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Isola Madre is a great half day outing for families. I visited on a hot April day with children aged 3 and 7 and it was fabulous. After arriving at the island there’s a flight of stairs before coming to the ticket office. You can...More

1  Thank BubG
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is a really magnificent place & is a 'must see' when in the area. There are plenty of ferries to take you there from the many towns along the shores of Lake Maggiore. Isola Madre has wonderful Botanical gardens with many fine specimens &...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
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