Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Borromean Islands, Part 3

The third and last island in Lago Maggiore that we visited is Isola Bella (beautiful island), which like Isola Madre, includes gardens and a palace.  We arrived near the north end of Isola Bella, from which we could look back at Isola dei Pescatori, including the Verbano, where we had just had lunch.  The trees between the Verbano and this viewing point at the north end of Isola Bella are on a separate island, Isola La Malghera, which is tiny and uninhabited.

Cannons protect an artificial harbor, which at one time was for the private use of the Borromeo family.

The palace includes a large round room, of which this shot shows only a part.

The gardens include this terraced pyramid decorated by numerous statues, and of course, surrounded by tourists.

There was another flat area on the other side of the pyramid, with a few more tourists.

Like Isola Madre, Isola Bella had a few peacocks.  Unlike those Isola Madre, Isola Bella's peacocks were all white.

This one strutted his stuff.

After visiting the gardens, we went back to the boat for the ride back to Stresa, thus concluding a fun but tiring day of sightseeing.

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