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Palazzo Borromeo

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Stunning jewel

An Italian gem, everything so beautiful, the views over the lake from the Palazzo are breathtaking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Paris, France
Fabulous villa, lovely gardens

This is a "must see" for anyone visiting the Lake Maggiore area. The palace is full of interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wiltshire, UK
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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...more
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Isola Bella SNC, 28838, Stresa, Isola Bella, Italy
+39 0323 30556
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Reviewed yesterday

An Italian gem, everything so beautiful, the views over the lake from the Palazzo are breathtaking. The colors and the light makes this a very special place.

Thank FranceSuedeSuisse
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a "must see" for anyone visiting the Lake Maggiore area. The palace is full of interesting artwork and furniture, and the grotto area is a creative masterpiece. The extensive parkland with its ten overlapping terraces has statues, fountains, exotic shrubs and trees, white...More

Thank Winner2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took us 2 hours to get through the palace to the tiered terraces, that is if you want to appreciate all the finery inside, but would be good if there was an easier way to get to the gardens, as it was so hot by...More

Thank nutsabouttennis
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited the Isola Bella and Giardini Borromeo its Palace and gardens. The Palace is full of paintings, stucco’s, a mosaic grotto with a fine Italian garden connected. The aristocratic Borromeo family were merchants at San Miniato around 1300 and became bankers at Milan after 1370....More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guide provided a fascinating insight into the Borromeo family, from its early origins and accumulation of great wealth to today and the family links with the great dynasties of Europe. Still a family home in summer (only 20 of the rooms are open to...More

Thank Sussex3225
Reviewed 5 days ago

This visit was organised for us by Riviera Travel and therefore we had a timetable. We had a local knowledgeable guide to show us round the property. When most of us finished the tour of the villa we descended to the refreshment area which caused...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth a visit if in Stresa and visiting the Borromean Islands! The palace itself was interesting , with some fabulous pieces of furniture and decor to admire. Leads out onto the lovely Isola Bella gardens. Takes around 1 and a half hours and can...More

Thank Julie F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There's a one way route through the Palace and gardens that allow visitors to see pretty much everything. The Palace has an interesting selection of paintings in the style of... pretty much anything that was in style at the time. Some are pretty ordinary. Going...More

Thank pjmeade
Reviewed 1 week ago

An exciting visit to this private owned, but open for public, palazzo and the beautiful garden that count as well Napoleon as Mussollini among it's best known visitors through time.

Thank Hinze1962
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed our visit here, well worth spending a few hours here just wandering & looking at everything. Some amazing views & certainly a palace with the wow factor along with some unusual plants.

Thank dotp67
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Dean A
7 August 2018|
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Response from Isole_Borromee | Property representative |
Hi Dean, after booking you will receive a voucher with a QR code via email and you can choose to print it or to show on your mobile/device at the entrance of the Palace. Enjoy your visit!
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Karen M
25 December 2017|
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Response from justgotravel | Reviewed this property |
They close for the season in the fall.
26 January 2016|
Response from omesteef | Reviewed this property |
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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