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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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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.

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🖼 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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