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Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

#Island, #Castle, #Must See
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Isola Bella and other Stresa attractions using our handy Stresa day trip planning app .
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  • I have been there many times and it's always very nice, especially in warm weather. The island is really very beautiful and special. It's well worth a visit the prices maybe are a bit overdone ...
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  • You get there by boat, and what a pleasant trip it was. For those of you that are saying "where the hell is this place" , well it's one of the Borromean Islands in Lake Maggiore in northern Italy very...  more »
  • "Isola bella" is located about 400 metres from the harbour of Stresa. Beautiful island which you can visit very quickly if we do not visit the Palace and its gardens (but it would be unfortunate to not discover these places!) Note that it is difficult to find a parking space near the port (same late September).
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  • Beautifully kept island. Gardens are lovely. And the white peacocks are unbelievable.
  • It is relatively easy to get to Stresa by train from Milan. From Stresa Station you have to walk some dangerous roads to the boat, but you can get on the boat very comfortably on this island. The island is made up of gardens, museums and many shops and restaurants, so it's good to see every corner. However, to see the gardens you must purchase some expensive museum tickets. However, you will be able to spend a relaxing time here, watching the magnificent gardens, statues and lake scenery. It is a good place to return to Milan on a half day basis, and you have to get on the ship, taking into account the return train time.
  • Beautiful Place. This Italian garden with a baroque taste spreads on parterres and terraces placed at different heights and sprinkled with statues, obelisks, ageless stone stairs and balustrades. This results in an impressive view, displaying the power and magnificence of the noble house.
  • Good Place to spend time, there are places where you can sit near the lake, you can also find some good places to have food, take pictures of beautiful views, Museum is also there, which has an entry fees, but for Art loving people it is complete worth. This is among the Top 4 or 5 Islands to visit around this place, some of them are even more beautiful than this one.
  • Beautiful historic island in the middle of lake Maggiore
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