Right in front of Stresa, Isola Bella is famous for its castle, purchased by Charles BorromeoIII and dedicated to his bride, Countess Isabella D’Adda.
Count Carlo began building work on the island to create a summer residence onLake Maggiore besides the ancient fishermen’s hamlet. The work was continued by his son, Vitaliano BorromeoVI, who decided to build this splendid complex of Baroque art, with ten terraces full of fine plants and flowers: rhododendrons, oleander and a wonderful collection of camellias, brought as gifts by various guests from all over the world, exotic botanical species, flowers and bulbs that fill the flowerbeds, parterre and bushes with colour, all cared for by the skilful hands of the gardeners, led by the multi-award-winning Gianfranco Giustina.
The Palace's opulency, the gardens and the terraces, the theatre and the mysterious grottos dedicated to marine animals and flowers, the music room and the marble room make this building a rare beauty well worth a visit, a trasure chest of Art and Culture.
When - Every day from the 23rd of March to the 21st of October
Lenght - 1 day tour, circa 2 hours
Difficulty - low, anyone can join
Suggested Attire - Comfortable shoes, light jacket
Animals on board - Well behaved dogs and cats are welcome on board but they cannot be admitted to the Islands' Palaces and Gardens
Lunch - Either packed or in one of the many reastaurants available on the islands.
Ticket - Entrance admission to the Palace and Gardens and disembarkment tax not included