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Isola Bella, Stresa

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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. 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 expended 2 hours trying to find parking place. My wife and daughter took the boat to visit the isola bella. I continued turning around to find parking without any success up to they came back to... 
    I expended 2 hours trying to find parking place. My wife and daughter took the boat to visit the isola bella. I continued turning around to find parking without any success up to they came back to...  more »
  • We were told that this was a beautiful place, but seeing it in person confirmed it. Its well worth the visit and beautiful. 
    We were told that this was a beautiful place, but seeing it in person confirmed it. Its well worth the visit and beautiful.  more »
  • Palace and gardens are lovely but the aviary in the grounds is disgusting. The poor birds live in a sterile concrete enclosure without a hint of greenery. 
    Palace and gardens are lovely but the aviary in the grounds is disgusting. The poor birds live in a sterile concrete enclosure without a hint of greenery.  more »
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  • Beautiful place, beautiful garden, interior is really pretty and unique inside
  • Isola Bella (lit. 'beautiful island') is one of the Borromean Islands of Lago Maggiore in north Italy. The island is situated in the Borromean Gulf 400 metres from the lakeside town of Stresa. Isola Bella is 320 metres long by 400 metres wide and is divided between the Palace, its Italianate garden, and a small fishing village.
  • The most beautiful of the three islands. It is super well maintained and the view is beautiful.
  • Beautiful island in the middle of a beautiful lake! Stayed on the island for 2 nights, quiet and peaceful stay
  • The name of the island lives up to its name! great palace, gardens and lake views. really magical. fun fact: Napoleon also visited this island. I understand why.

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