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“The best gardens of the three islands” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Isola Madre
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Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour from Stresa
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Owner description: Part of the Borromean archipelago and home to an exotic garden of plants, birds and flowers, this magical island is considered a botanical garden on water.
Alcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“The best gardens of the three islands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

We thought that this was the best gardens of the three, covering a large area with peacocks and also Chinese Pheasants.

Visited June 2014
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“mixed blessings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

isolo madre is a beautiful island, and one we decided to get onto early, we had the pleasure of exploring the palace almost solo,and quite unique are the theatre rooms with the old classic marionettes, set out on stages with the special effects they used such as smoke machines etc.incredably a monster cypress kashmir tree that was once voted the most beautiful tree in the world, was blown over in the tornado of 2006 with the roots being completely exposed, but with great presence of mind the roots were kept wet until all 70 tons were jacked back upright, and thanks to huge hawsers, has survived,it is over 300 yrs old so ws well worth saving.Tip..buy a garden guide and walk the route, passing the white and standard peacocks everywhere..all beautiful...

Visited June 2014
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“Rip off for tourists”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Nothing to see in this place , you have to pay to see the gardens and there's nothing else to do, overcrowded of tourists getting off the boats which arrive everywhere every five minutes , avoid this place and go somewhere else. Don't pay to enter the gardens they're not worth it.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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“A `must see` attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Our second visit here in 3 years while on a break in Pallanza. A 5 minute passenger ferry takes you to this beautiful island. You can purchase your ferry and entrance tickets from Pallanza ferry terminal. This beautiful island was once home to the wealthy Borremio family. The island boasts beautiful gardens, flowers, trees, wildlife, ponds, peacocks and the grand palace. There is also a café and a pleasant area to sit outside taking in the fantastic scenery. There is plenty to see and walk around the island. It really is a beautiful place and well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Charming if less distinguished than Isola Bella”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

Isola Madre was the Borromeo family food source in historic times. It enjoys a better micro-climate than Isola Bella allowing cultivation of an amazing range of plants. The original site was transformed with decorative terraces and a jardin anglais, an informal plant collection dominated by trees and open lawns. The result is quite charming with well labelled plantings coming into their own in April to June. White Peacocks and fabulous Chinese Pheasants add to the enjoyment of the garden. A recent storm blew over a large Cypress now held in place by unsightly cabling and winched upright by use of helicopters. Here is an example of a gardener looking for a challenge! Better surely to accept the tree has run its race and replace it with the next generation of planting. Donate the enormous costs of current works to a charity! Anyway a replacement tree appears to have been planted. The house, though a welcome focus to views is itself somewhat dull.

Visited April 2014
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