Borromeo Islands reopening 2013


Posted on 14th March, by sapori in What’s up. No Comments

Borromeo Islands reopening 2013

The wonders of Lake Maggiore are going to open again for season 2013

Finally the reopening of the three jewels of Lake Maggiore: the “Isola Bella”, the “Isola Madre” and the “Rocca d’Angera”!

On Saturday 16th March 2013 palace, villa, castle and gardens are going to open again for all turists that every year want to spend a day out at Lake Maggiore on the Borromeo Islands.

It will be possible to visit them till October 20th, 2013. The Borromean Gulf will wait for you!

A little bit of history and some information…

The Borromean Islands are a group of three small islands and two islets in the Italian part of Lago Maggiore, located in the western arm of the lake, between Verbania to the north and Stresa to the south. Together totalling just 50 acres (20 hectares) in area, they are a major local tourist attraction for their picturesque setting.
Their name derives from the Borromeo family, which started acquiring them in the early 16th century (Isola Madre) and still owns the majority of them (Isola Madre, Bella, San Giovanni) today.

Isola Bella, named for Isabella, countess Borromeo, was originally a largely barren rock; after first improvements and buildings, opened by count Carlo III between 1629 and 1652, his son Vitaliano the 6th built an attractive summer palace, bringing in vast quantities of soil in order to build up a system of ten terraces for the garden. The unfinished building displays paintings by Lombard artists and Flemishtapestries.
Isola Madre, the largest of the three, is also noted for its gardens, which are maintained from about 1823 in an English style. Its palace, though uninhabited, is splendidly furnished with 16th to 19th century Italian masterpieces and paintings.
Isola Superiore dei Pescatori is now the only inhabited island in the archipelago. It has a fishing village, which in 1971 had a population of 208.
Isolino di San Giovanni is located just off Pallanza (today part of Verbania) to the north.
The tiny uninhabited rock of Malghera, with an area of only 200 square meters, lies between Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori and offers bushy vegetation and a small beach.

Further information under: www.isoleborromee.it

Borromeo Islands reopening 2013 - Isola Bella.

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…a wonderful view of the “Isola Bella”  from the lake front of the “Pearl of the Lake”: Stresa…

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Borromeo Islands reopening 2013 - Isola Madre.

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…view in the distant of the “Isola Madre” in a beautiful flowering frame…

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Borromeo Islands reopening 2013 - Rocca d'Angera.

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…here you are the “Rocca d’Angera” plunged in a green environment facing the lake…

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