In the middle of the Lake Maggiore. A quick 30-minute drive from Milan. The summit of this vast lake reaches Switzerland. The Piedmontese coast can undoubtedly considered the most evocative. In particular, in the middle of the Piedmontese coast, we find Stresa, a famous holiday resort, with its majestic villas and flowering gardens. You can find the Borromean Islands in front of Stresa. They can easily to reached in five minutes by motorboat. Isola Madre, Isola Pescatori, and the main one, Isola Bella. All privately owned, belonging to the ancient Borromeo family.
First of all, the island of fishermen as the only permanently inhabited island, Isola Madre and Isola Bella as tourist destinations. Who can admire the palaces, the beautiful botanical garden, and exotic birds.
In addition Isola Bella 320 meters long and 180 wide. With the shape of a ship, and the construction of a palace, in 1632, had been adapted to make it look like a large boat floating in the lake. Furthermore Charles III Borromeo began the development of a grand palace dedicated to his wife, Isabella D’Adda.
Island of Bella
Certainly numerous historical figures slept on the island of Bella. For example Napoleon, with his wife Josephine of Beauharnais, the most famous on the list. In fact they preserved the bedroom of Napoleon. Furnished in the style of the empire in vogue at that time.
From 11 to 14 April 1935, Isola Bella happened to be also the seat of the meeting between Mussolini, Pierre Laval, and MacDonald. For the “Stresa conference” aimed at maintaining political order in the face of the German Anschluss. These state representatives met in the large hall and came to establish the so-called “Agreements of Stresa”. With which they intended to offer a united front against Nazi Germany.
In addition you can find several galleries of paintings and sculptures open to the public. Although the most exquisite beauty of these places consists of the lush nature and beauty of the landscape. If you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day. You could be sure that the show will be unforgettable. Especially at sunset, you will feel like living inside a postcard.
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