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J.M.W. Turner was so fascinated by them that he made a sketch of the garden in his notebook. Gabriele D’Annunzio dreamt of renting one. Carlo Goldoni devoted one of his theatrical works to them. Antonio Fogazzaro was inspired for the story of his “Piccolo Mondo antico” here.

 

The Isole Borromee have fascinated for centuries. Visiting these marvellous locations on Lago Maggiore today is a gift that everyone can afford to treat themselves to. Living the exclusive experiences designed based on the requirements of every customer is a luxury for true connoisseurs.

A vessel on the water: that is how Isola Bella appears when seen from above, a rock that since 1650 has been a place of delights on Lago Maggiore. Palazzo and garden represent the quintessence of Italian Baroque. The art collections and the wealth of the interiors of the princely dwelling are mirrored outside in the preciousness of the Baroque garden, where the Teatro Massimo and the ten flowering terraces dominate the scene.

Described by Flaubert as the most voluptuous place he had seen on earth, Isola Madre is the largest, most exotic island on Lago Maggiore. Rare botanical species from all over the world, animals with multi-coloured plumage and luxuriant vegetation make this island the perfect destination for lovers of nature and hidden beauty.

In a magical alchemy of panoramas, spacious courtyards, ancient halls and vaults, the Rocca di Angera on the Lombard side of Lago Maggiore, 20 minutes from Malpensa Airport, is the dream location for organising truly unique, unforgettable moments. A perfect setting for weddings, sophisticated receptions, buffets, cocktails, gala dinners and corporate events.

Two spirits inhabit Parco Pallavicino, those of its botany and its fauna. The great wonder of this park is its centuries-old trees, the liriodendrons, among the oldest in Italy, and the great cedar from Lebanon, set in the natural amphitheatre outside the villa. Charming views create the perfect setting for romantic and extraordinary events. Brooks, bridges, ponds and a farm with animals roaming free can provide the perfect place for orienteering or team building activities.

A mountain, seven lakes. From the peak of the Mottarone the gaze is lost in the infinite: from the Maritime Alps to the Monviso, from Monte Rosa to the Swiss Alps and the Po Valley. Among the most beautiful natural balconies in Europe, the Parco del Mottarone is an ideal natural gymnasium for a day of relaxation and activities immersed in nature: walking, bike excursions, trails through the woods or a gourmet break.

 

Living a #BorromeoExperience means discovering the splendour of these locations in different ways: from a private visit behind closed doors to hiring the whole location for private or business events.

Some examples

Princes for a day on Isola Bella

 
After official closing time, Palazzo Borromeo and the paintings in its enchanting Galleria opens wide its doors to couples, families or groups who wish to explore it in peace at sunset, with the privilege of returning home with what the New York Times has defined as one of the most charming views in the world. Guests spoiled with their own personal guide. A concession that would be worth the trip by itself, crowned – as if that were not enough – by an aperitif in the greenery of the elegant Baroque garden, among the most appreciated and best conserved of its time.
Avenues, blossoming espaliers, boxwood hedges outline the refined embroideries of plants that climb up the island from the water to the grand terrace overlooking Isola Madre and the Mottarone.

Isola-Bella-Visite-Private

The experience on Isola Bella continues overnight. When the tourists leave and the last boat has cast off, you can retire among the comforts of a Borromeo’s Dream Home. The complex is the result of meticulous restructuring work on some old fishermen’s dwellings. Three elegant apartments have been created each with up to 8 bed places, all complete with kitchen, air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
Provisions for dinner can be purchased in the picturesque bistro in Vicolo del Fornello, a location with artisan shops but also for designer brand shopping.

Isola-Bella-aperitivo-fornello

In the Garden of Eden

 

The Island extends over eight hectares of botanical park around the sixteenth-century dwelling, which is also visitable privately. This too is brimming with its own rich historical heritage of inestimable value: from the charming library to the highly unusual puppet theatre, to the unexpected Venetian lounge inspired by the rococo of the lagoon.

Isola Madre Giardini
Isola Madre Giardini

Lords of the Middle Ages

 

A private guide can be requested for a journey in time to the Rocca di Angera. Flowers, herbs and fruit trees entrusted to the life cycles of nature and the seasons have found their home in the Medieval Garden. And then the historic rooms, with the Sala di Giustizia, frescoed in 1277 by the Master of Angera, which is an artistic jewel of rare charm.
Unexpectedly a jump into the present, by entering the Ala Scaligera, which every year since 2017 has hosted a contemporary art exhibition in a stimulating dialogue between the past and the new cultural trends.

 

Tasty breaks

A gastronomic experience could not be lacking in the Terre Borromeo.
At the Parco del Mottarone, at the top of the mountain of the same name, the Rifugio Genziana restaurant offers the authentic tastes and aromas of the mountain, revisited with the creativity and technique of chef Francesco Luoni.

Rocca Angera Giardino Medievale
Rocca Angera Giardino Medievale

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Nella Galleria Berthier di Palazzo Borromeo c’è anche un “Giovine scapigliato”.
È proprio così che questo ritratto di Daniele Crespi viene citato negli antichi documenti di casa Borromeo.
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L’artista, tra i massimi esponenti della pittura seicentesca lombarda, ritrae un giovane raffinato con una bellezza elegante, quasi femminea, mosso da una capigliatura fluente.
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Nelle Storie vi lasciamo le nostre pillole d’arte.
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Daniele Crespi
Ritratto di giovane scapigliato
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Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella
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In the Galleria Berthier of Palazzo Borromeo there is a "Young Scapigliato".
This is exactly how the portrait of Daniele Crespi is mentioned in the ancient documents of the Borromeo house.
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The artist, one of the greatest exponents of Lombard 17th-century painting, portrays a refined young man with an elegant, almost feminine beauty, framed by flowing hair.
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Daniele Crespi
Portrait of a Young Scapigliato
1625-1630
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella

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Sono pronto!
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Oggi anche le Isole Borromee riaprono al pubblico!
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È un po’ come il primo giorno di scuola: tutto sa di nuovo ed emoziona. 
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Abbiamo lavorato durante questi mesi per prenderci cura di ogni angolo, per farvi vivere anche quest'anno esperienze indimenticabili in tutta sicurezza. 
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Nel mese di maggio, lsola Bella e Isola Madre saranno aperte soltanto nei weekend, dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 17.30 (ultimo ingresso). I Palazzi chiudono alle ore 18.00, i Giardini alle ore 18.30. 
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Vi ricordiamo che la prenotazione online è obbligatoria. Link in bio. 
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Leggete la nostra guida IG con le meraviglie da non perdere!
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Today even the Isole Borromee [Borromean Islands] reopen to the public!
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It’s a bit like the first day of school: everything is new and exciting.
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We have worked hard over the months to take care of every corner, to make sure you have unforgettable experiences in complete safety this year.
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In May, Isola Bella and Isola Madre will be only open on weekends, from 10.00am to 5.30pm (final admission). Palaces close at 6.00pm, the Gardens at 6.30pm.
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We remind you that online booking is mandatory. Link in bio.
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Read our IG guide about wonders not to be missed!

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Finalmente si riparte!
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È una gioia sentire il rumore delle barche che tornano a navigare nelle acque del lago Maggiore verso le Isole Borromee.
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Dopo Parco Pallavicino e la Rocca di Angera, sabato 1° maggio riapriranno anche l’Isola Bella e l’Isola Madre.
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Vi ricordiamo che nel mese di maggio giardini e palazzi saranno aperti soltanto nel weekend. La prenotazione online è obbligatoria. Link in bio.
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Vi aspettiamo per una nuova stagione da vivere insieme!
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Let’s finally start again!
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It is a joy to hear the noise of boats returning to sail in the waters of Lake Maggiore towards the Isole Borromee [Borromean Islands].
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After Parco Pallavicino and the Rocca di Angera opened their doors, on Saturday, May 1st, Isola Bella and Isola Madre will also reopen.
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We remind you that gardens and palaces will only be open on weekends during May. Online booking is mandatory. Link in bio.
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We are waiting for you for a new season to be experienced together!

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Come si riconosce una gentildonna del ‘500? 
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Nella Galleria Berthier un pittore sconosciuto dell’Italia settentrionale ritrae una figura femminile seduta su una dantesca, dietro a un tavolino con un calamaio, un foglio di musica e un libricino nella mano destra. 
C’è anche un gatto, seduto alla finestra aperta sul paesaggio.
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Dall’abito lussuoso agli oggetti ritratti, ogni elemento sottolinea la nobiltà della donna.
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Quali sono gli altri elementi distintivi di questa rappresentazione? 
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Pittore dell’Italia Settentrionale 
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How does one recognize a gentle woman from the '500? 
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In the Berthier Gallery, an unknown painter from northern Italy portrays a female figure sitting on a Dantesque, behind a small table with an inkwell, a sheet of music and a booklet in her right hand. 
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From the luxurious dress to the objects portrayed, each element emphasizes the nobility of the woman.
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What are the other distinctive elements of this piece? 
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Painter of Northern Italy 
Portrait of a gentlewoman with cat
Last quarter of the 16th century
Berthier Gallery, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella

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Lunedì 26 aprile la Rocca di Angera riaprirà le sue porte!
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ll giardino medievale è già in fiore tra erbe officinali e il profumo di lavanda.
Visitando le magnifiche sale storiche del castello non perdetevi la vista sul Lago Maggiore, con una pausa rilassante all'aperto sulla terrazza della Caffetteria. 
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Da qui è ancora più intensa la sensazione di tornare a vivere la bellezza dei nostri territori, che possiamo portare con noi con un pensiero scelto tra le proposte del Bookshop. 
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Modalità di ingresso per la stagione 2021: vi consigliamo dal lunedì al venerdì la prenotazione online che diventa obbligatoria per accedere al sabato e alla domenica. Link in bio.
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On Monday 26th April the Rocca di Angera will reopen its doors!
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The medieval garden is already in bloom with medicinal herbs and the scent of lavender.
When visiting the magnificent historic rooms of the castle, do not miss the view of Lake Maggiore, with a relaxing break outdoors on the terrace of the Cafeteria.
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From here the feeling of returning to experience the beauty of our territories is even more intense. We can cherish this feeling with a souvenir, choosing among the proposals of our Bookshop.
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Entry mode for the 2021 season: we recommend Monday to Friday online booking, which will become mandatory to gain access for Saturdays and Sundays. Links in bio.
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A volte riusciamo a vedere meglio ciò che abbiamo davanti semplicemente cambiando prospettiva.
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Da questa immagine aerea, la Rocca di Angera non perde la sua imponenza e riesce a svelarci i suoi equilibri e la sua armonia.
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Notate dettagli che non avreste immaginato?
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Sometimes we can better appreciate what we have in front of us by simply changing perspective.
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From this aerial image, the Rocca di Angera maintains its grandeur while revealing balance and harmony.
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Do you notice details you wouldn’t have imagined?

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