Isola Bella tickets and tours
Isola Bella, literally meaning "Beautiful Island", is one of the three islands that make up the Borromean Islands and is nothing short of beautiful. S...
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Isola Bella, literally meaning "Beautiful Island", is one of the three islands that make up the Borromean Islands and is nothing short of beautiful. Situated on Lake Maggiore in north Italy, Isola Bella is a popular tourist attraction that is a must see for those visiting the area. Known for its picturesque panorama of the lake, the island is home to a grand palace, marvellous terraced gardens, and a small fishing village.
Back in the early 17th century, Carlo III of the Borromeo family began construction of the Palace on the island and dedicated it to his wife, Isabella, in which the island got its name. After construction was stopped for some time, the sons of Carlo III restarted works on the garden and palazzo. Many famous architects and designers worked on creating this national treasure and it wasn't until 1959 that all works were officially completed.