Isola Madre is the biggest of the Verbano islands. It raises from the water with an enticing silhouette traced in the luxurious vegetation that covers the greatest part of it, as long as the squared palazzo in the southern part, which is also the highest.
Isola Madre overlooks the Pallanza shores and, compared to Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori, looks secluded from the view. It was also the first to be inhabited.
The first projects concerning the transformation of the island into a place of delights and a private residence started with Earl Lancillotto Borromeo, who choose to settle there for the mild weather. Today the island is a little green Eden renowned all over the world for the refined botanical collections.
"Isola Madre is the most voluptuous place I have ever seen in the world."
(G. Flaubert, 1845)