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Experience a journey to discover the Baroque in a vessel suspended over the water
Visit the wonderful halls and art collections of Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella
Enjoy a walk in the scenic Italian Baroque garden where nature, art and architecture mingle
What to expect
Isola Bella was conceived in 1650 by Count Vitaliano VI Borromeo who decided to transform a rock outcropping from the lake into a place of delight. It took four centuries to complete this magnificent work that includes the Borromeo Palace and the spectacular gardens. The tour is divided between the palace and the Italian Baroque garden.
A fascinating tour inside the princely residence through over 20 historic rooms including the Throne Room, the Salone Nuovo, the Music Room, the Napoleon Room, the Ballroom and the Tapestry Room. A rare example of a fully preserved Baroque collection in Northern Italy is the Gallery of Paintings or of General Berthier, which houses a collection of 130 works, among which are authors such as Boltraffio, Gianpietrino, Daniele Crespi. On the lower floor, almost at lake level, are the six caves covered with pebbles, tuff, stucco and marble originally built to amaze and give refreshment to the guests of the Palace.
Famous in the world, the gardens of Isola Bella are an important example of an Italian Baroque garden with a perfect combination of art and nature. In the center stands the Teatro Massimo: a striking architectural construction consisting of ten terraces that form a plan adorned with fountains, obelisks and statues. It is possible to climb up to the top of the Theatre on a large terrace, which, with its 37 meters of height above the lake level, is the privileged place to enjoy the panorama of the Borromeo Gulf. Since 2002, the garden of Isola Bella is part of the prestigious English circuit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
COVID-19 informationThe following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
The experience complies with government regulations
Social distancing is enforced
Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
Access to Borromeo Palace and gardens
Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, Stresa VB
How to get to Isola Bella:
- By car: Autostrada dei Laghi, direction Gravellona Toce, exit Carpugnino. Follow the indications for Stresa.
- By boat: You can reach Isola Bella and Isola Madre from Stresa, Arona, Pallanza, Locarno, Laveno by boat or hydrofoil.
- By train: Ferrovie dello Stato, line Milano-Sempione, stop: Stresa, connection with the boat. Ferrovie Nord, line Milano-Laverno, stop: Laverno. Many meters away you will find the embarkment by boat or hydrofoil.
Important to know
- The ticket could be used from 1st June to 1st November 2021, every day from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm (last entrance), Palace closing time 6.00 pm, gardens closing time 6.30 pm
- Infants (0-5) could enter for free
- Please read the Covid Vademecum
- It is possible to visit Isola Bella in combination with Isola Madre and Rocca D'Angera with two types of combined tickets
- The islands are not accessible to people with motor disabilities
- Animals are not allowed inside the museum and gardens. Only guide dogs for blind people are allowed
- In the gardens, there are a Cafeteria and a Bookshop