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14 May 2020

From 18 May Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Rocca di Angera are re-opening!

From 18 May Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Rocca di Angera are re-opening!

From Monday 18 May the 2020 season of Lago Maggiore definitively gets under way with the reopening of the museum sites of Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Rocca di Angera.

 
After Parco Pallavicino, which resumed welcoming visitors on 4 May, it is now the turn of the other destinations of Terre Borromeo. Among the appointments not to be missed, the art exhbitions “Vitaliano VI. The Invention of Isola Bella” and “Fantastic Utopias” and the blooming of the splendid flowers on Isola Madre.

To respect the safety measures and for fast access, we recommend purchasing your tickets online. And with the Ufirst app the queues at the ticket offices disappear.

For a number of weeks now, the company SAG, which manages the Terre Borromeo sites, has been committed to guaranteeing the maximum safety of personnel and, since 18 May, of visitors, ensuring the best possible visitor experience. Guests are advised to purchase their tickets online at booking.isoleborromee.it before arrival in order to enter, on a physically distanced basis, but directly, the admission control areas for the museums, avoiding the ticket office. It is possible to organise a complete Borromeo Experience on the website, selecting a number of locations at a discounted price, and to add transportation by motorboat from Stresa.

Furthermore, by downloading Ufirst, a free platform available as an app and on the web, you can book your place virtually at your preferred time; you receive a notification as your turn approaches and at that point it will be possible to go to the museum and enjoy priority access.

Visitors are asked to respect rigorously the regulations issued by the government, such as the obligation to wear a face mask, physical distancing, washing hands frequently (hand sanitising gel dispensers are available along the visiting routes and in the toilets).

Visitors can consult a detailed vademecum guide and the opening hours of all the sites.

There are numerous innovations to discover at the various locations of the Terre Borromeo circuit.

 

ISOLA BELLA

400 years from the birth of Vitaliano VI Borromeo and in the year of Piedmontese Baroque, Isola Bella celebrates its “creator” with the exhibition “Vitaliano VI. The Invention of Isola Bella”, at Palazzo Borromeo until 1 November 2020. Staged in the grand hall, painted portraits, sculptures, medals e documents bear witness to the main phases of Vitaliano VI’s life, in addition to a number of works never previously exhibited to the public. In the rooms of the museum itinerary you will also be able to identify the furniture and the original paintings that are still to be found today exactly where the Milanese noble wanted them to be.

A passionate collector, Vitaliano VI Borromeo created a genuine Wunderkammer full of stone, marble and alabaster items, paintings of countryside scenes and perspectives, frames decorated with rock crystals, agates and lapis lazuli. The Italian-style garden, designed exactly as it appears today, is also the expression of the Baroque style that Vitaliano VI wanted, distinguished by stone architectures covered in mosaics, statues and fountains that, together with the hedges, created genuine theatres in the greenery.

 
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Mostra Vitaliano VI
Detail, Ritratto di Vitaliano VI Borromeo, Salomon Adler , 1680, olio su tela

Yet the innovations on Isola Bella do not end with the cultural aspects. In the ancient fishermen’s village, the Vicolo del Fornello is revisiting some of its designer brand shop windows for a very pleasant shopping experience. In the boutiques you can purchase design objects, jewellery, perfumes and clothing: among the shop displays, jeweller’s Fope (opening from 1 June) and the concepts stores with the brands Herno, Bagutta, Malìparmi, Furlane and Happy Socks. For those who prefer cultural purchases, the bookshop inside Palazzo Borromeo offers books, gift items, souvenirs and typically Piedmontese tasty treats.

Those wishing to spend a few days’ holiday at Lago Maggiore on Isola Bella have the opportunity to spend the night in the romantic Isola Bella Apartments apartments (for bookings: event@isoleborromee.it), which are meticulously sanitised before each new arrival.

Isola Bella Apartments
Isola Bella Apartments
Isola Bella Apartments
Isola Bella Apartments

 

ISOLA MADRE

On Isola Madre the blooming flowers, the exotic species, the perfumes and the rare plants create an idyllic atmosphere where time seems to stand still. Beside the fountain of the waterlilies and the Chapel of San Vittore you find the Cafeteria and bookshop, completely renovated. The spaces have been extended with the old greenhouse areas, preserving their style and materials, such as the fully restored baked brick floor. Here too, for the initial phase of opening it is only possible to use the takeaway service.

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Isola Madre

ROCCA DI ANGERA

Moving on now to the Lombard side of Lago Maggiore, the owners of Rocca di Angera are renewing our appointment with art. Within the sphere of the artistic project promoted by Princes Vitaliano and Marina Borromeo, until 27 September 2020 the rooms of the Ala Scaligera will host the third edition of the contemporary art exhibition entitled Fantastic Utopias.

The exhibition itinerary, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa in collaboration with Galleria Continua, consists of works and installations by 15 artists of international renown, including Antony Gormley, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Kiki Smith and Ai Weiwei.

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Feiyu, Ai Weiwei. "Fantastic Utopias" exhibition (credits Andrea Rossetti)

The exhibition has come about from the premise that in our post-real world, in which conflicts and political and environmental crises seem to follow each other in rapid succession, the fantastic and its representations have returned to being at the centre of contemporary reflections. Among the innovations at the Rocca, visitors can freely access the Cafeteria where it will be possible to purchase the admission ticket to then begin the visiting route for the medieval garden, the Castle and enjoy the charming panorama of the southern end of Lago Maggiore.

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Rocca di Angera
Rocca di Angera

PARCO PALLAVICINO

In the natural oasis of the Parco Pallavicino, on the lake-front of Stresa, it is possible to walk along the tree-lined avenues and through the flower garden, immersing yourself in the colours of nature. Soon the roses will blossom in all their colour shades, and zinnias, impatiens and begonias are not to be missed in the summer months.
50 species of mammals and birds are the powerful attraction of this location, which also contains a Farm, where fallow deer, goats, llamas, alpacas and sheep roam free.
The games and picnic area remains closed for safety reasons. The cafeteria service is available, but only for takeaways.

Parco Pallavicino Daini
Parco Pallavicino pavoni

PARCO DEL MOTTARONE

The summer season of the Parco del Mottarone, a favorite destination for families with children, sportsmen and women and lovers of outdoor activities, will open on 23 May. Two kilometres from the tollgate of the Strada Privata Borromea you find a concentration of attractions: the Mottarone Adventure Park, the Bar Stazione, and, on the peak, the Rifugio Genziana restaurant and a chiringuito bar which is the point where the ski facilities start in winter.

Inaugurated last year with the aim of showcasing the wooded area, the adventure park has four routes with various levels of difficulty, also suitable for children aged 3 and older. Ideal for spending an exciting day in total safety, thanks to the continuous lifeline system.
All the refreshment points will only be open temporarily with the takeaway service.

 
For health safety reasons, groups are not admitted and it is not possible to hire the audioguides. For visits to the sites of Isola Bella and Isola Madre, you are advised to download the Isole Borromee App, which enables you to activate the audioguide on your own device

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Agli angoli di una delle sale dell'Ala Scaligera q Agli angoli di una delle sale dell'Ala Scaligera quattro grandi specchi si riflettono uno nell'altro, in un gioco di rimandi infinito.
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"Two Less One" e "Two Less One Black" sono il risultato della performance dell’artista che le ha plasmate con un colpo di martello dopo l’altro, Michelangelo Pistoletto. 
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Quando guardiamo dentro uno specchio, cosa vediamo davvero?
Liquidità, fluidità e lo scorrere del tempo sono per l’artista gli elementi predominanti. 
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In questi quadri specchianti vita e arte si mescolano, si contemplano fino a confonderci le idee. Un'opera che ci spinge a cambiare continuamente prospettiva di indagine. 
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"Fantastic Utopias", in mostra alla Rocca di Angera fino al 27 settembre.
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In collaborazione con @galleriacontinua
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At the corners of one of the rooms of the Ala Scaligera, four large mirrors are reflected in each other, in a game of infinite references.
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"Two Less One" and "Two Less One Black" are the result of the performance of the artist who shaped them, Michelangelo Pistoletto, with one hammer blow after another.
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When we look into a mirror, what do we really see?
Liquidity, fluidity and the passage of time are the predominant concepts of the artist.
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In these mirror paintings, life and art mix, contemplating each other to the point of confusion. A work that pushes us to continuously rethink our perspective of investigation.
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"Fantastic Utopias", on display at the Rocca di Angera until September 27th.

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"In un bacio, saprai tutto ciò che è stato taciu "In un bacio, saprai tutto ciò che è stato taciuto."
Pablo Neruda
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L'Isola Bella è spesso complice di baci romantici, una cornice speciale per i vostri momenti indimenticabili.
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Buona Giornata Internazionale del Bacio.
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"In a kiss you will know all that has been kept silent."
Pablo Neruda
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Isola Bella is often the setting of romantic kisses, a special place to experience unforgettable moments.
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Happy International Kissing Day.

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Che cos’è la bellezza? . Un luogo fantastico, u Che cos’è la bellezza?
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Un luogo fantastico, una sensazione intatta, una meravigliosa visione: in qualsiasi forma si presenti, non possiamo fare a meno della bellezza. 
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Così è stato per Vitaliano VI quando immaginava l'invenzione dell’Isola Bella. Ripercorriamo passo dopo passo le idee, i progetti e le testimonianze grazie alla mostra “Vitaliano VI. L’invenzione dell’Isola Bella".
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A Palazzo Borromeo fino al 1° novembre 2020.
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What is beauty?
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An unforgettable place, an incredible sensation, a breathtaking vision: in whatever way we experience it, we cannot live without beauty.
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This is how it was for Vitaliano VI when he imagined the creation of Isola Bella. We retrace his ideas, projects and testimonies step by step in the exhibition “Vitaliano VI: The Invention of the Isola Bella”.
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At Palazzo Borromeo until the 1st of November.

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✨ Ecco come nasce un mito. . Nella mostra “Vit ✨
Ecco come nasce un mito.
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Nella mostra “Vitaliano VI. L’invenzione dell’Isola Bella” a Palazzo Borromeo si racconta il grandioso progetto di Vitaliano VI, l'inventore di questo luogo magico.
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Quattro sezioni in cui dipinti, disegni, sculture, arredi e medaglie, oggetti solitamente non esposti al pubblico, testimoniano la creazione di un ideale di bellezza senza eguali che ancora oggi desta  la meraviglia negli occhi più curiosi.
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Main sponsor: @aon_italia
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Have you ever wondered how a myth is born?
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In the exhibition “Vitaliano VI: The Invention of the Isola Bella” at Palazzo Borromeo, the story of the creator of this magical place, Vitaliano VI, is told.
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Here you can explore four areas featuring a variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures, furnishings and medals. These objects are not usually on display to the public and they are living proof of an ideal of unparalleled beauty that, even today, has the power to spark wonder in the most curious of eyes.

#artlovers #terreborromeo #isolabella #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #baroccopiemonte
🌵 Quest’anno più che mai ci siamo resi conto 🌵
Quest’anno più che mai ci siamo resi conto di quanto il nostro Paese sia straordinario e di come non serva andare lontano per immergersi nella bellezza di arte e natura.
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All’Isola Madre è iniziata la stagione della fioritura delle succulente.
Addossate agli scogli dell’isola, aloe, cactus e fichi d’india hanno trovato qui il loro angolo perfetto, dove fioriscono e incantano con la loro singolare bellezza.
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Dalle barca la visuale è perfetta.
Qui la natura si fa scoprire nella sua straordinaria varietà.
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This year, more than ever, we found ourselves considering how extraordinary our country is and how you don't need to go far to immerse yourself in the beauty of art and nature.
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The succulents flowering season has come to the Isola Madre.
Leaning on the island's rocks, aloe, cactus and prickly pears have found here their perfect corner, where they bloom and charm with their singular beauty.
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From the boat, the view is perfect.
Here nature reveals its extraordinary variety. 
#terreborromeo #isolamadre #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #natureaddicted
La felicità è da sempre al centro dei desideri d La felicità è da sempre al centro dei desideri dell’uomo.
A volte coincide con la gioia di costruire e di realizzare i propri sogni, con l’avere qualcosa a cui appassionarsi e in cui sperare.
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Vitaliano VI ha realizzato un grandioso progetto e le sue opere ci parlano ancora oggi, dopo quattrocento anni.
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Vi sveliamo la sua storia alla mostra “Vitaliano VI. L’invenzione dell’Isola Bella” a Palazzo Borromeo.
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Main sponsor: @aon_italia
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Happiness has always been at the center of humankind's desires.
Sometimes it corresponds to the joy of building and realizing one's dreams, having something to be passionate about and to hope for.
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Vitaliano VI realized a grandiose project and his works still talk to us today, after four hundred years.
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We reveal his history at the exhibition “Vitaliano VI. The invention of the Isola Bella" at Palazzo Borromeo.

#artlovers #terreborromeo #isolabella #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #baroccopiemonte
🖼 Tra le collezioni di capolavori di Palazzo Bo 🖼 Tra le collezioni di capolavori di Palazzo Borromeo quest'opera ci racconta di un'inconsueta merenda realmente accaduta, proprio oggi nel 1712.
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Carlo IV Borromeo (1657-1734) erede carismatico del fondatore dell’Isola Bella, Vitaliano VI, fu vicerè di Napoli per nomina dell’imperatore Giuseppe I d’Asburgo.
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Nel golfo della città, a bordo della Galera “San Carlo”, ricevette insieme alla sua famiglia ministri e signori del tempo. Per l’occasione venne organizzata una sontuosissima merenda.
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Piatti d’argento con frutta candita, confetti bianchi di nocciole, pistacchi e mandorle, centinaia di cioccolatini, biscotti di ogni genere e piramidi di sorbetti sono stati serviti per questo ricevimento fastoso.
Un momento che andava immortalato su tela, non trovate?

Giovanni Garri (Napoli? - post 1745), Merenda di Carlo IV Borromeo Arese nel golfo di Napoli del 18 Giugno 1712 (dettaglio).
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Among the collections of masterpieces of Palazzo Borromeo, this work tells us of some unusual refreshments that were really enjoyed on this very day in 1712.
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Carlo IV Borromeo (1657-1734), the charismatic heir to the founder of Isola Bella, Vitaliano VI, was Viceroy of Naples by appointment of the Emperor Joseph I of Habsburg.
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In the Gulf of the city, aboard the galley San Carlo, he welcomed various ministers and gentlemen with his family. For the occasion, a grandiose refreshment had been organized.
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Silver dishes with candied fruit, white hazelnut candies, pistachios and almonds, hundreds of chocolates, biscuits of all kinds and sorbet pyramids were served for this magnificent receiving. 
A moment that had to be eternalized on canvas, don't you think?
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Giovanni Garri (Naples? – after 1745), Refreshments of Carlo IV Borromeo Arese in the Gulf of Naples on 18 June 1712 (detail).
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#artlovers #terreborromeo #isolabella #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience
✨ Le meraviglie della natura e le opere dell'uom ✨
Le meraviglie della natura e le opere dell'uomo in un dialogo continuo.
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Sale impreziosite da centinaia di opere con cornici dipinte a oro e turchino, busti in marmo, vasi in alabastro, lastre di ardesia decorate a fiori che punteggiano anche le pareti.
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La mostra “Vitaliano VI. L’invenzione dell’Isola Bella” ci porta direttamente dentro Palazzo Borromeo, dove Vitaliano VI, insieme agli architetti Biffi e Cagnola, ha realizzato un esempio irripetibile di Barocco.
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Giocando con il contrasto e la similitudine fra l’interno del palazzo e l’esterno di giardini a terrazze, ci hanno regalato un gioiello tutt’ora unico al mondo.
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Vi aspettiamo a scoprirlo!
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Main sponsor: @aon_italia
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The wonders of nature and the works of man in a continuous dialogue.
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Rooms made precious with hundreds of works painted in gold and deep blue, marble busts, alabaster vases, slate plates decorated with flowers, which also dot the walls.
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The exhibition "Vitaliano VI. The invention of the Isola Bella" brings us directly into the Borromeo Palace, where Vitaliano VI, in collaboration with the architects Biffi and Cagnola, realized an unrepeatable example of the Baroque.
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Playing with contrast and similitudes between the interior of the palace and the exterior made of terraced gardens, they gave us a jewel still unique in the world.
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Come and discover it!

#artlovers #terreborromeo #isolabella #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #baroccopiemonte
🌈 Una leggenda narra che quando l'arcobaleno de 🌈
Una leggenda narra che quando l'arcobaleno della dea Iris dall'Olimpo toccava terra con un messaggio per gli uomini, un fiore di iris spuntava nel terreno.
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Da pochi giorni gli iris hanno cominciato a dipingere il Giardino dei Principi alla Rocca di Angera. 🌈
Uno scenario da non perdere e nuove buone notizie da ricevere!
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Legend has it that when the rainbow of the goddess Iris of Olympus touched the earth with a message for mankind, an iris flower sprouted from the ground.
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A few days ago, irises began to paint the Garden of the Princes at Rocca di Angera.
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Some good news to enjoy and a sight not to be missed!

#terreborromeo #roccadiangera #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #natureaddicted