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Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

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Island Castle
Take the ferry to tropical plant-covered Isola Bella, the home of ornate gardens, a palace, and museum. At the museum, see one room Napoleon once called home. In another room, English, French, and Italian representatives met in a last-ditch attempt to head off World War II. At the palace, look for the grottos entirely covered in seashell mosaics. You can take an audio tour to fully appreciate the palace's history. Outside, you'll be treated to views of the lake and the landscaped tropical gardens. To visit Isola Bella and get the most from your holiday in Stresa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Stresa trip builder.
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  • I found out about this island and of Palazzo Borromeo from a television documentary but I never thought I would be a trip so beautiful! You get to the island with the convenient ferries or boats that depart from Stresa and borromee Islands make stops in all every 30 ', really comfortable. On isola bella the greatest attraction is the Borromeo family mansion, which he built in this area to the North of the possessions and noble palaces as in the Centre and South Italy. The rooms open to the public (a large part of the building is still in use to the family) are real jewels of Baroque architecture both dances, paintings, tapestries, sculptures, furniture, original musical instruments of the family. All immaculately maintained and perfectly explained by a comfortable audio guide. Complete your visit a wonderful garden terrace with plants, birds that roam freely, theaters full of statues with a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore and the other islands. Truly spectacular!
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  • To visit the palazzo is beautiful but the audio guides not terrible prefer tourist guides ex burgeoning inquire about schedules of your guide after you have beautiful gardens to the French to see absolutely C is a true jewel must see!
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  • We booked a private guide to take us to this beautiful island on a hot hot summer day. Instead of walking aimlessly, with a guide you can really appreciate the art, history and architecture of this am...  more »

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