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Tickets for Isola Bella and Isola Madre

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Enjoy a walk in the spectacular baroque Italian garden of Isola Bella

Visit the ancient and prestigious furnishings of the 16-century Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre

Stroll through the botanical garden on Isola Madre, with rare plant species from all over the world

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. Enjoy a fascinating itinerary inside more than 20 rooms in 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 18th 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 19th 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 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 16th-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.

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COVID-19 information

The 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

What’s included

Entrance to Borromeo Palace and Isola Bella gardens

Entrance to Borromeo Palace and Isola Madre gardens


Isola Bella and Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore, 28838 Stresa VB, Italy

Meeting point:

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. You'll find the boarding point a few meters away


Important to know

  • Open from March 18 to November 1, 2022, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10.00am to 5.30pm (last entrance). Palace closing at 6.00pm, Gardens closing at 6.30pm
  • Isola Bella and Isola Madre have several obstacles that may prevent access for people with motor disabilities
  • Animals are not allowed inside the museum and gardens. Only guide dogs for blind people are allowed
  • Please read the Covid Vademecum
  • Infants (age 0-5) can enter for free
  • Cafeteria and bookshop available on site