Isola Bella - Lake Maggiore, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
N 45° 53.783 E 008° 31.544
32T E 463207 N 5082644
Quick Description: One of three magical islands on Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella charms visitors with its magnificent Baroque palace and terraced gardens that slope to the lake.
Location: Piemonte, Italy
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 10:07:08 AM
Waymark Code: WMKTC3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Where's George
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Long Description:
In 1632, Count Vitaliano Borromeo began the construction of the monumental Baroque palace and the majestic and scenic gardens, which have made the island famous and which to this day bear witness to the splendours of an era.

The Borromeo family home offers visitors an elegant and sumptuous setting, and it contains priceless works of art such as tapestries, furniture, statues, paintings, and stuccoes. It also has an unusual mosaic grotto, a cool and delightful place.

After visiting the house, a stroll around the gardens is a must as it is considered to be the most splendid and grandiose example of Baroque-style Italian garden. The garden is laid out over ten terraces that descend gradually, and it is adorned with basins, fountains, architectural perspectives, and a multitude of statues dating from the second half of the seventeenth century, which represent the personification of rivers, seasons and winds. There are many exotic plants in the garden, and magnificently plumaged white peacocks roam freely amongst them.

We reached the beautiful Isola Bella by excursion boat from Stresa harbour.

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Hours of Operation:
Borromeo Palace and gardens are open every day from Saturday 22 March to Sunday 19 October 2014. The Galleria dei Quadri or General Berthier’s gallery inside Isola Bella opens daily: 9:00-13:30 and 14.00-17.30

Admission Prices:
Palace and Garden Adult 13.00 Children under 16 years old 5.50 Children under 6 Free

Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Half of a day (2-5 hours)

Transportation options to the attraction: Not listed

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