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Palazzo Borromeo

Isola Bella SNC, 28838, Stresa, Isola Bella, Italy
+39 0323 30556
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Beautiful palace and gardens

Beautiful palace and gardens. Must see attraction in maggiore lake. You could spend a whole day... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Julie C
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Levis, Canada
Wonderful day with great weather!

The tour of the palace is amazing but pales in comparison to the spectacular gardens. The summer... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Christine H
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Yorba Linda, California
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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 is fascinating: the Throne and Queens rooms, the Napoleon's Room, the Gallery of General Berthier displaying a collection of 130 paintings. On a lower floor, six grottoes covered with pebbles, tufa rock, stucco and marble were designed to afford cool relief from summer heat. World famous, its baroque garden, with the Teatro Massimo at the centre, consists of ten terraces in the shape of a truncated pyramid. Visitors marvel at the sight of the monumental unicorn, the obelisks, the statues, the two towers and other architectural elements, as well as the mighty trees, like the camphor and citrus trees, and the collections of roses, rhododendrons and camellias.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Isola Bella SNC, 28838, Stresa, Isola Bella, Italy
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful palace and gardens. Must see attraction in maggiore lake. You could spend a whole day there if you take your time. We spent about 2 1/2 hours and it was ok for us. In a day, we did isola bella, isola pescatori and villa...More

Thank Julie C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The tour of the palace is amazing but pales in comparison to the spectacular gardens. The summer grotto of the palace is so unique as are the free roaming, feather-displaying peacocks. There are plenty of cafes for lunch or a beverage. This island is not...More

Thank Christine H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We did like the Palazzo and also the gardens both very impressive.But the rest of the island very touristy with lots of shops selling nicknacks! That did took away the whole feeling of the island itself!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best palaces and gardens ever. Truly amazing . It is like being transported back in time. We used the audio guide and learned so much about the history of the Borromeo family and the famous people who visited. The art work, sculptures,...More

Thank Jim D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful place to walk around and and enjoy the sites. You take a ferry over and can stay as little or as long as you please. There were a lot of school children when I was there. I didn’t see many chaperones. Don’t forget...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A real highlight to visiting Stresa is too visit Isola Bella and tour the palace.The grounds and gardens are just as fabulous as the inside. Also, shops and restaurants are all around. So scenic that you can't stop taking pictures!

Thank boisekari
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Palazzo Borromeo is almost overwhelming in its beauty and layers of exquisite details, from the painted ceilings to the fabulous chandeliers, to the artwork. What a treasure! It certainly demonstrates the power and prestige of the Borromeo family in a very tangible way. The garden...More

Thank Ellen B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hired a guide, Daniela, from Tours by Locals, who went with us to Isola Bella. She was fantastic and we learned so much more about the palace and the gardens because we were with her. The Palazzo is amazing! Don’t miss it!!

Thank KauaiLover
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't understand how anyone cannot give this palace and garden a 5 star, unless you are offended by the opulence. The garden and sculptures are beyond description. Most flowers are in bloom and are well coordinated. Really immaculate grounds. The palace is unequalled. I...More

Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic gardens and really interesting palace on the island of Isola Bella. A short boat trip from Stresa. The palace has a wide selection of highlights including some interesting grottoes. The garden is phenomenal and laid out so beautifully. There are peacocks and ornamental pheasants...More

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Karen M
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They close for the season in the fall.
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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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