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Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

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#2 of 32 in Nature in Piedmont
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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  • Holiday with family. Beautiful island with its Palace and its gardens truly enchanting Borromee. It's really worth a visit.
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  • beautiful island to visit all and turn wool to see its magnificence magnificent garden
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  • This year we decided to anticipate the assumption and our choice fell on Lake Maggiore, Stresa and then embark on the boat that takes you to the magnificent Islands. With only a day and not wanting to run left and right, for this time we decide to only visit the isola bella with the palazzo Borromeo and its magnificent gardens. For me and my husband was not the first time, as living for an hour or so poor from Lake maggiore, in the past we have come very often, but still 4 years old daughter there was never been, so we took advantage of this bridge to visit with her. My favorite rooms of the Palace are without doubt the caves covered with black and white pebbles are very particular and recall those of the Villa Litta di Lainate (there we play at home because we live in the area) always belonged to the Borromeo family. The gardens alone then, are worth the full price of the ticket, with their colorful flowers, fountains and elegant white peacocks, are really a dream place. * Little advice if over the islands you decide to visit the Park Pallavicino di Stresa, it would be better to buy the ticket Park Pallavicino + Isola Bella, Isola Madre park directly at the ticket office or Pallavicino, because the ticket of the Islands, during the climax, there is usually a large queue.
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