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For around six centuries the history of the Borromeo Family has been interwoven with that of Lago Maggiore.

 

The purchase of the Rocca di Angera in 1449 and of the first area of land on Isola Madre in 1501 marked the beginning of a unique relationship with these locations, which still have a great value today.

1439 - Rocca di Arona 1439 - Rocca di Arona

ROCCA DI ARONA

Acquisition of Rocca

Filippo Maria Visconti transferred the Rocca di Arona, together with the entire Comune, as a fiefdom to Vitaliano I Borromeo. For a good four centuries the fortress remained in the hands of the Borromeo family, and it was even the birthplace of future Cardinal San Carlo Borromeo.

1519 - Castles of Cannero 1519 - Castles of Cannero

CASTELLI DI CANNERO

Lodovico Borromeo and the acquisition of the castles

Lodovico Borromeo expelled the Malpaga family from the castles of Cannero, on the border with Switzerland. In the archive documents we read that on 6 October 1519, the day before the day of Santa Giustina Borromeo, he began the construction of the fortress, called Vitaliana in honour of the founder of the family.
In a very short time the fortification was completed and subsequently, having become useless from the military point of view, it was abandoned in the century that followed. The castles stand on two rocks a short distance from the shore and are currently in the process of restructuring: they will soon be open to the public.

1538 - Saint Carlo Borromeo 1538 - Saint Carlo Borromeo

THE PROTAGONISTS

Born of Saint Carlo Borromeo

In the Rocca di Arona, in the room known as the Room of the Three Lakes, subsequently dedicated to him, San Carlo Borromeo, cardinal and archbishop of Milan, who was to be proclaimed a saint in Rome on 1 November 1610, was born.
Much loved in his diocese for his numerous good works and for the abnegation and the spirit of sacrifice he showed during the plague of 1576-1577, he was an important figure for the history of the Church, of which he was a great reformer and one of the protagonists of the Council of Trento.
There is also a huge statue of him in Arona, the so-called Sancarlone, erected shortly after his death.

1564 - Federico III Borromeo  1564 - Federico III Borromeo

THE PROTAGONISTS

Born of Federico III Borromeo

A Milano nasce Federico III Borromeo, cardinale e arcivescovo di Miliano. Era il cugino San Carlo, a cui era molto legato. Venne citato da Alessandro Manzoni nel romanzo I Promessi Sposi.
L’autore dedicò molte pagine alla sua persona, descrivendolo come presenza pastorale benevola e austera, nobile di natali e di animo.

1620 - Vitaliano VI 1620 - Vitaliano VI

THE PROTAGONISTS

Vitaliano VI

Vitaliano VI Borromeo, considered the creator of the palace and garden of Isola Bella, was born. Very cultured and intelligent, he corresponded with heads of state and worthies from all over Europe. His extensive correspondence, conserved in the Borromeo archive on Isola Bella, contains numerous letters in which he describes the project in minute detail, even drawing the architectural details in the margins of the written texts.

1631-71 - Garden of Isola Bella Borromeo Archive 1631-71 - Garden of Isola Bella Borromeo Archive

ISOLA BELLA

The italian-style garden

The garden of Isola Bella was created, decorated at its highest point by a statue of a unicorn, the symbol of the family. The garden is a perfectly conserved example of Baroque style. It is adorned with numerous statues, obelisks and fountains, which stand on terraces sloping down to the lake. Parterres of flowers are alternated with scenographies of stone that create genuine theatrical sets.
Seen from a distance, its shape is reminiscent of the stern of a galleon ploughing through the waters of Lago Maggiore.

1657 - Carlo IV Borromeo 1657 - Carlo IV Borromeo

THE PROTAGONISTS

Born of Carlo IV Borromeo

Carlo IV was to join his surname with that of his first wife, Giulia Arese. An eclectic character, his second marriage was to be to Camilla Barberini and he would become Viceroy of Naples for the Habsburgs. He acquired the fiefdom of Maccagno on Lago Maggiore.

1797 - Napoleon Bonaparte 1797 - Napoleon Bonaparte

ISOLA BELLA

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte stayed on Isola Bella for two days with a retinue of around sixty people. He was not welcomed in person by Count Borromeo, who was angered because the French army had destroyed the Rocca di Arona, one of his estates. The letters of the administrator of the palace telling the Count of the events speak of dirt, broken furnishings and the great rudeness of the emperor’s entire entourage. Luckily Napoleon found his stay on Isola Bella boring, as he did that on Isola Madre, where he went pheasant hunting. His room in the palace still exists, with the original bed where he slept intact.

1848 - The Five Days of Milan 1848 - The Five Days of Milan

THE PROTAGONISTS

The Five Days of Milan

After the Five Days of Milan the Milanese nobles that had participated in it were fined by Radetzky. Among them was Vitaliano 9 , who had actively participated in the revolt. The price to be paid was very high for the finances of the count and the whole family.

1858 - Chapel of San Vittore 1858 - Chapel of San Vittore

ISOLA MADRE

Chapel of San Vittore

The construction of the Family Chapel on Isola Madre, designed by architect Defendente Vannini, dates back to this year. It is a small church opposite the palace, the façade of which is decorated with terracotta panels.
Some members of the family are buried in the crypt.

1906 - Simplon Tunnel 1906 - Simplon Tunnel

THE PROTAGONISTS

Giberto Borromeo and the Simplon Tunnel

The Simplon railway tunnel was inaugurated. Giberto Borromeo, senator of the Kingdom of Italy, was president of the Italian committee for the Simplon, which was built in just eight years (between 1898 and 1906) between Brig in Switzerland (Canton Vallese) and Iselle, near Domodossola in the current province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, and was to remain the longest railway tunnel in the world – almost 20 kilometres long – until 1982.

1935 - Stresa conference 1935 - Stresa conference

ISOLA BELLA

Stresa conference

The Stresa Conference, which between 11 and 14 April 1935 saw French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval, British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald and the Head of the Italian Government Benito Mussolini sit around the table, was held in the rooms of Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella.
The purpose of the agreement was to reaffirm the principles of the Locarno Treaties and to declare that the independence of Austria “would continue to inspire their common policy“.
The three parties declared themselves ready to react to any future attempt by Germany to amend or infringe the Treaty of Versailles.

1948-58 - Completion of Palazzo Borromeo 1948-58 - Completion of Palazzo Borromeo

ISOLA BELLA

Completion of Palazzo Borromeo

As soon as he returned to Italy after the end of the Second World War, Vitaliano X Borromeo decided to complete the work on the Salone, which had been left incomplete, although a number of projects had been prepared in the past years. The decoration was executed following the original designs, but the magnificent dome that loomed over the building in the early projects was never built.

1978 - Opening of Palazzo Borromeo to the public 1978 - Opening of Palazzo Borromeo to the public

ISOLA MADRE

Opening of Palazzo Borromeo to the public

The Palazzo on Isola Madre, which had been abandoned for a long time, was restored and opened to the public. Part of the furnishings are original and part have come from other residences of the Borromeo family. Displayed inside it are objects of everyday life, such as the plates and the liveries of the staff.

Borromeo Archive Borromeo Archive

ISOLA BELLA

Borromeo Archive

The Borromeo Archive on Isola Bella contains almost five million documents, datable from 1300 to 1940. Most of the documentation regarding the history of the territory of the Borromeo fiefdom – which extended around practically the entire lake – is contained here. Notarial registrations, cash books, correspondence by the family members, musical scores and plenty of other materials are all held here at researchers’ disposal.

2008 - Reopening of Galleria Berthier 2008 - Reopening of Galleria Berthier

ISOLA BELLA

Reopening of Galleria Berthier

Prince Giberto VIII and Princess Bona Borromeo reopened the painting gallery of Isola Bella, also known as the Galleria del Berthier, to the public. The gallery is an example of a perfectly conserved 17th-century painting collection. 300 paintings and all the furnishings of this extraordinary wing of the Palazzo, the heart of the family art collections and evidence of the original furnishings of the house, have been restored. Photo Gallery.

ROCCA DI ARONA

Acquisition of Rocca

Filippo Maria Visconti transferred the Rocca di Arona, together with the entire Comune, as a fiefdom to Vitaliano I Borromeo. For a good four centuries the fortress remained in the hands of the Borromeo family, and it was even the birthplace of future Cardinal San Carlo Borromeo.

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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
Main sponsor: @aon_italia
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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.

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🌵 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. 
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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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✨ 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!

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🌈 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!

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