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Terre Borromeo

A treasure chest on Lake Maggiore

The destination of the Grand Tours of European intellectuals and aristocrats since the 19th century, today Lago Maggiore still fascinates visitors from all over the world.

History, art and botany, but also splendid natural landscapes where you can practise sports. These are the main ingredients of a holiday discovering the destinations of Terre Borromeo, cultural and natural heritage linked with the Borromeo family.
Lago Maggiore is situated in Northern Italy, between Lombardy and Piedmont, and stretches as far as Switzerland, and the Canton Ticino, in what the Americans call the Italian Lake District. It is the second Italian lake in size after Lake Garda.

The locations of Terre Borromeo are an hour and a half from Milan and are easily reachable from the main airports.

Isola Bella

Isola Bella, in the archipelago of the Isole Borromee, was designed in 1650 by Count Vitaliano VI Borromeo. Four centuries were needed to complete this magnificent work, which includes Palazzo Borromeo and its scenic gardens: a genuine Baroque treasure suspended on the water. Palazzo Borromeo includes over 20 rooms and the charming Galleria Berthier, with its collection of 130 paintings, predominantly from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Well known all over the world, the Baroque Italian-style garden is a perfect blend of art and nature. Since 2002 the garden of Isola Bella has been part of the circuit of the prestigious English Royal Horticultural Society.

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Isola Madre

Isola Madre, in the archipelago of the Isole Borromee, is an exotic location embellished by an English-style garden of extraordinary beauty in which, thanks to its particular microclimate, botanical species from every part of the world have found their habitat. At the centre of the garden stands the 16th-century Palazzo Borromeo, which today conserves prestigious furniture and a collection of period marionettes and puppet theatres created in around 1830 by the famous set designer at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Alessandro Sanquirico. Since 2002 the garden of Isola Madre has been part of the circuit of the English Royal Horticultural Society.

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Rocca di Angera

Rocca di Angera is a medieval fortress that rises up on the Lombard side of Lago Maggiore. Here the past is in constant dialogue with the present: the historical rooms are decorated with ancient frescos and paintings that take visitors back to past ages; in the medieval garden, a timeless atmosphere reigns where the flowers and medicinal herbs follow the life cycles of nature and the seasons. A collection is held in the Doll and Toy Museum that is among the most important of its kind in Europe. The Ala Scaligera, the latest construction to be restored, is a space conceived for contemporary art projects.

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Parco Pallavicino

Parco Pallavicino stretches over 18 hectares on the Stresa lake-front. An oasis of peace immersed in greenery with its centuries-old plants and avenues of blossoming flowers, with multi-coloured flower beds always offering new blooms. The Park is home to over 50 animal species such as zebras, kangaroos, coatis and flamingos. At the farm you can also encounter fallow deer, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and ornamental chicken breeds that make a real, playful and educational experience possible, in a spirit of respect and trust between visitors and animals.

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Parco del Mottarone


Parco del Mottarone, on the slopes of the mountain of the same name, between Lago Maggiore and Lake Orta, can be reached in around an hour from Milan. A natural park visited the whole year round by those who love to practise sports or simply spend a day outside immersed in nature amid breathtaking panoramas.

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A TREASURE CHEST ON LAGO MAGGIORE
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