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"Visiting Isola Bella Palace" Stresa Things to Do Tip by ChrsStrl

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  The Palace
by ChrsStrl

The entry to the garden is only via the palace - even though they seem to be opposite ends of the small island! Thus a rapid walk left from the boat landing takes you to this huge place. Rooms are vast. One has an ornate throne; others are vast public audience rooms. I find them unremarkable.

It is when the stairs lead you down to the lower floor that you are faced with the astonishing sight of room after room where floors, walls and ceilings are totally faced with sea pebbles in patterns. The background is totally uniform coloured grey pebbles. The whole thing must have taken months if not years of man-hours.

One or two such rooms might be amusingly impressive but the sheer number becomes oppressive and it is with a sense of relief one climbs the circling stair to the public rooms again. Pausing at the top of these stairs I look up only to see the spiral continues upwards beyond the barrier that bars the public but, as the public do not climb it, it has been left in its original state - without hand\ guard rail. One is suddenly aware of the depth and darkness of the stairwell, especially when one thinks of pre-electrically lit days!

Address: Isola Bella

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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