Posted by: ourtravelingcircus | June 11, 2015

Isola Bella

Isola Bella is an island owned by the Borromeo family on Lake Maggiore. We passed this and the other two islands (Isola Madre and Isola Pescatore) on the ferry to Stresa last week, and I wasn’t sure I’d like it. It’s ostentatious even from the water. But as I discovered when we got inside, it’s one of the rare places I’ve seen that isn’t necessarily trying to awe or impress–it’s simply a case of what can happen when a family has unlimited sums of money to spend on their house. It seemed a labor of love over many generations. The only part that seemed truly too much was the garden wall.

Here is a shot of the palace from the water, and then several pictures taken behind the tourist shops. The last picture is of the entrance hall.




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