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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.

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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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Il numero di specie che appartengono al genere della skimmia è piuttosto dibattuto tra i botanici, ma a noi una cosa è chiara: dall’Himalaya e dal Giappone sono giunte fino all’Isola Madre.
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In autunno, le bacche verdi della skimmia diventano di un rosso acceso e restano sulla pianta fino alla primavera successiva. Sono così simili ai grani del pepe che il fiore viene anche chiamato “falso pepe”.
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Volete sapere come riconoscerle? Avvicinate il naso, se il profumo è gradevole all’olfatto, allora l’avrete trovata.
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C’è un’altra curiosità che la contraddistingue... Ve la sveliamo nelle stories.
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The number of species that belong to the genus of skimmia is rather debated among botanists, but one thing is clear to us: from the Himalayas and Japan they have reached Isola Madre.
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In the fall, skimmia's green berries turn bright red and stay on the plant until the following spring. They are so similar to peppercorns that the flower is also known as the "false pepper".
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Do you want to learn how to recognize them? Bring your nose closer: if the scent is pleasant to smell, then you have found it.
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There is another curiosity that distinguishes it... We’ll reveal it to you in our stories.

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Immerso in un blu profondo, un giovane uomo dall’identità sconosciuta ci catapulta nella pittura di Leonardo, che, nell’Ottocento, si credeva autore di questa tela, oggi conservata nella Galleria Berthier.
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La mano del pittore è invece quella del Boltraffio, che con sapienza è riuscito a mescolare il naturalismo espressivo tipico della pittura lombarda ai caratteri introspettivi e psicologi della pittura leonardesca.
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Il ritratto rappresenta una delle opere più importanti nel percorso artistico del Boltraffio. Nelle stories vi raccontiamo di più su questo quadro così importante.
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Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Ritratto maschile
1500-1502 circa
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella
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Immersed in a deep blue, a young man with an unknown identity catapults us into the painting of Leonardo, who, in the nineteenth century, believed himself to be the author of this canvas, now preserved in the Galleria Berthier.
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The painter's hand is instead that of Boltraffio, who wisely managed to mix the expressive naturalism typical of Lombard painting with the introspective and psychological characters of Leonardo's painting.
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The portrait represents one of the most important works in Boltraffio's artistic career. In our stories we will tell you more about this very important picture.
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Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Male portrait
About 1500-1502
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella

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Prendete un petalo di clerodendro e strofinatelo tra le mani, sarete sorpresi da un profumo intenso. 
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I giardinieri amano molto questa pianta, ma non solo per il suo profumo! 
Il clerodendro fiorisce da fine agosto fino all’autunno inoltrato fino a colorare anche gli inverni più duri.
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Sull’Isola Madre, si vedono già le infiorescenze a grappolo formate da tanti fiori stellati bianchi e rossi, cresciuti all’apice dei rami. 
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Quando le bacche saranno diventate blu-viola, avranno completato la fioritura invernale. Ormai manca pochissimo! 
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Take a clerodendron petal and rub it in your hands, you will be surprised by an intense perfume.
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Gardeners love this plant very much, but not just for its scent!
The clerodendron blooms from late august till autumn and adds color even to the harshest of winters.
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On Isola Madre, you can already see clusters of inflorescences formed by many white and red starry flowers, growing at the apex of the branches.
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By the time the berries have turned a blue-purple, they will have completed their winter flowering. It’s almost time!

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Se foste stati pittori nel Cinquecento, come avreste vissuto? E se foste state donne pittrici?
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Da poco tempo all’Isola Bella ha fatto ritorno il quadro della pittrice Fede Galizia, temporaneamente esposto al Castello del Buonconsiglio di Trento per una mostra interamente dedicata alle sue opere.
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Per una donna era molto difficile accedere alla carriera artistica al tempo, ma Fede Galizia ebbe grande successo, diventando molto apprezzata dall’elité milanese e praghese. Divenne famosa per le nature morte e per aver dipinto le pale d’Altare, attività molto rara per il mondo femminile.
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Scoprite nelle Storie nella storia, Elisabetta Sirani e Francesca Volò Smiller, detta Vicenzina, le altre due donne presenti a Palazzo Borromeo sull’Isola Bella. Buona lettura, nelle nostre stories!
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If you had been a painter in the sixteenth century, how would you have lived? What if you were a female painter?
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The painting by the artist Fede Galizia has recently returned to Isola Bella, temporarily on loan to the Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento for an exhibition entirely dedicated to her works.
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It was very difficult for a woman to access an artistic career at the time, but Fede Galizia had great success, becoming very popular with the Milanese and Prague elite. She became famous for still lifes and for having painted altarpieces; a very rare activity for the female world.
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Find out in the Storie nella Storia through history, discover Elisabetta Sirani and Francesca Volò Smiller, known as Vicenzina; the other two women who were present at Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella. Enjoy the reading in our stories!

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