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Enjoy a walk in the spectacular baroque Italian garden of Isola Bella where nature, art and architecture complement each other.
Visit the ancient and prestigious furnishings of the sixteenth-century Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre and admire an unusual collection of puppets and small theaters created by a famous stage designer
Stroll through the botanical garden on Isola Madre, with rare plant species from all over the world and the not-to-be-missed giant Cashmir cypress
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. A fascinating itinerary inside the more than 20 rooms of the Borromeo Palace, passing through the Berthier Gallery which houses a collection of 130 paintings, up to the Hall of Tapestries where the gaze is lost admiring the golden weaves of these precious artifacts. Not to be missed are the caves, covered with pebbles, originally built to amaze and refresh the guests of the Palace. Impossible not to be amazed by the Italian Baroque garden where architecture, sculpture and nature come together in a perfect union. The protagonist is the Teatro Massimo with its imposing pyramidal structure composed of ten terraces adorned with statues, obelisks and fountains.
Isola Madre with its 18 hectares is the largest of the Borromean Islands. At the end of the eighteenth century the island had taken on the appearance that it still retains today and began to be considered a place of peace and rest thanks to the mild climate and lush nature. From the nineteenth century the park was transformed: thanks to a particular microclimate, rare botanical species from all over the world found their habitat in this grandiose English garden. Animals with a colorful plumage and lush vegetation still make it the perfect destination for lovers of nature and hidden beauty. At the center of the garden stands the sixteenth-century Palazzo Borromeo, which today houses prestigious furnishings and a collection of puppets and puppet theaters made around 1830 by the famous set designer of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Alessandro Sanquirico.
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
Entrance to buildings and gardens on Isola Bella
Entrance to buildings and gardens on Isola Madre
Isola Bella and Isola Madre, Lago Maggiore, Stresa VB
How to get to Isola Bella and Isola Madre:
- 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-Laveno, stop: Laveno. A few meters away you will find the embarkment by boat
Important to know
- The ticket could be used from 1st June to 1st November 2021, pen every day from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (last entrance), closure of the palaces at 5.00 pm - closure of the gardens at 5.30 pm
- Infants (0-5) could enter for free
- Please read the Covid Vademecum
- Isola Bella and Isola Madre have several obstacles that may prevent access to the museum for people with motor disabilities
- Animals are not allowed inside the museum and gardens. Only guide dogs for the blind are allowed access
- In each structure there are a Cafeteria and a Bookshop