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Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

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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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  • Anazingly beautiful gardens and palace a must see if in the area. Different from the other villas we have visited, white peacocks stroll the grounds and the fires are lovely.  more »
  • The island is beautiful (the name doesn't lie). Quaint little village with small shops and restaurants. Recommend a visit to the garden, really really nice, unfortunately you have no choice on the ticket, you are obliged to do the only 16 € (altino), which includes the palace + garden. The building is nice but if you want to visit only the garden? You can't, even the pinacoteca sorptive obligatorily. The rate of boat-trip from the island, € 8. Recommend a visit.
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  • Isola Bella, Italian Touristenabzocke is "par excellence". Arrived at the parking lot you will received already by ticket sellers for the transfer. No chance to cover a reasonable thought. For good reason. The boats constantly to the Islands. It unfortunately can't more runs with the return. Arrived on the island, you quickly realize what happened. The ticket for the garden, totally overpriced and prices in the localities. The remaining outlet zone feels like 100 m in length. Now comes the minimum stay on the island, because the corresponding boot only on the hour the guests brings back to the Mainland. When the weather isn't the big problem, but still a little Alcatraz Island feeling. I didn't get really happy, enthusiastic faces. Lags not on the weather. Anyway! But there is a very good alternative in the vicinity, even staff included. Who wants to spend a nice day in a beautiful garden, is on the way for Verbania in the Villa Taranto. Real at its finest. Have fun and a good time.
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