Borromeo Gardens - Isola Madre

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- Top Ten placement in the “GARDENS & GROUNDS” Challenge – June 5, 2009 – launched by “à EUROPA” Group

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Isola Madre – Lake Maggiore, Piedmont (Italy)

Isola Madre, at 220 m wide and 330 m long, is the largest island of the Isole Borromee archipelago which falls within the Italian part of the Alpine Lake Maggiore, in the Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola, Piedmont. The island is occupied by a number of buildings and architectural structures and is especially well-known for its gardens. In the past it was known as Isola di San Vittore and later as Isola Maggiore.
The Palazzo Borromeo was built in the sixteenth century on the remains of the early church, cemetery and perhaps castle of San Vittore (named after the martyr Victor Maurus).
The palace is surrounded by impressive gardens, the Giardini Botanici dell’Isola Madre, covering an area of eight hectares whose construction all’Inglese (in the English style) began in the late eighteenth century on the site of a citrus orchard. Particularly prized is the scala dei morti, or staircase of the dead, which in recent decades has been embellished with an important collection of Wisterias.
The family chapel of 1858 is also noteworthy; by contrast to that of Isola Bella, it contains no tombs or funerary monuments.

Isola Madre

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