Isola del Garda, San Felice del Benaco

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Isola del Garda or Isola di Garda or Isola Borghese is the biggest island on Lake Garda. It is part of the comune of San Felice del Benaco, in the Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. The island has a long and varied history, having been used as a Roman burial ground, pirate lair, a site for a Franciscan monastery, border fortification and as a residential villa. The island has been visited by numerous famous people over the centuries, reportedly including Francis of Assisi, Anthony of Padua and Dante Alighieri. Today, it is covered by a park and is dominated by the Venetian neo-Gothic Villa Borghese Cavazza. Although privately owned by the Cavazza family, Isola del Garda has been open to visitors since 2001.

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  • The boat ride already takes 30 minutes each way to get to the island. It was so hot and with the sun right above us, we were sweating in the boat behind the windows. The tour stretched for 2 hours... 
    The boat ride already takes 30 minutes each way to get to the island. It was so hot and with the sun right above us, we were sweating in the boat behind the windows. The tour stretched for 2 hours...  more »
  • Very unfortunate, but we came there to see the palace and not the garden. The guide was talking only about the flower names and how known they are in Italy. This information was very useless for us... 
    Very unfortunate, but we came there to see the palace and not the garden. The guide was talking only about the flower names and how known they are in Italy. This information was very useless for us...  more »
  • We took a boat from Porto di Torchio to Isola del Garda and then had an extremely informative and interesting guided tour in English (German and Italian available) around the grounds and palace... 
    We took a boat from Porto di Torchio to Isola del Garda and then had an extremely informative and interesting guided tour in English (German and Italian available) around the grounds and palace...  more »
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  • Quite an overpriced spot; the garden, orchid galerie, loggia are nice but declined and need more care; only two rooms in the villa are open to visitors (cabinet and dining room), so, despite a good guide, you remain with the feeling that the owners want to get a good outcome while putting little effort into this. The location itself and boat trip were the best part.
  • The tour is a bit pricey but worth it. It is available in English, Italian and German. You will learn a lot about the family, the nice garden and you will have a nice view from the terrace. Sadly the boat doesn't stop infront of the island, so it is hard to get a nice photo.The view from the water is definitely a highlight.
  • Beautiful island close to the West coast of the lake Garda. The island belongs to a noble family, hence it's a private property. The current shape of the island is the result of artificial enlargement of the original natural island. On the first island was built a monastery that was destroyed by Napoleon. The current palace was only built in the late 19th century and it resealables the Palazzo Ducale of Venice. Members of the noble family that owns this island are still living in the island and, for this reason, only few rooms within the palace are open to public. However it is possible to visit the entire park. The island can be reached from Sirmione by boat. Check the island website to book your visit in advance.
  • Isola del Garda, hosting Villa Borghese Cavazza, is a fairytale island with a breathtaking Venetian neogothic Villa; Privately owned by the Cavazza family the Villa is open to visits and hosts many events/weddings; The 1894 luxurious palace, the Italian symmetric gardens, quay and park come from the mind of the duke Gaetano De Ferrari and his noble Russian wife Maria Sergeevna Annenkova; ~2hrs Tourist visit comes in a bundle with the boat transfer from the main Garda lake cities (e.g. From Sirmione return ticket 38€ Adults, 22€ Kids) and a welcome drink in the main terrace overlooking the majestic green/blue waters of the lake; Furthermore the tour guide will be a member of the Cavazza family, in my case was the extremely kind, educated and professional Alberta Cavazza; The island is so beautiful you cannot believe that it is true; I left my heart there as one of the most beautiful places ever seen and I dream to marry in this wonderful location; Tip: Check the video "Lake Garda Wedding Videography | Lorna & Trevor" on VIMEO to experience how a wedding would be there;
  • If there’s a way to rent a boat, we always goes here at Isola del Garda!

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