Lake Maggiore and its islands that impressed me most and with the greatest enthusiasm I would visit again. The lake is surrounded by high mountains. Lake Maggiore is the second largest in Italy after the already mentioned Lake Garda and is located in the northern part of the country, and part of it goes into Switzerland.
Our program at Lake Maggiore consisted of visiting the famous Borromean Islands - a major tourist attraction that attracts thousands of tourists. This is a group of three small islands and two very small islands, located in the western part of the lake near the city of Stresa. To get to the islands, you have to negotiate with some of the locals to take you by boat or boat, and then come to take you back. Of course, there are many possibilities according to the size of the group and the wishes of the tourists.
Isole Bella for me is the most remarkable in the whole group. Its name means "the beautiful island". Until 1632, it was only a bare rock with a small fishing village, but then Earl Carlo Terti of the Borromeo family began building a palace dedicated to his wife Isabella and from there the island's name came.
The gardens were completed several decades later, and the site was widely known and visited by famous aristocratic people.
Among the distinguished visitors are Napoleon and his wife Josephine. Today you can explore the richly decorated Baroque palace and the beautifully decorated gardens that flow from March to October of greenery and flowers in all colors you can imagine.
The rooms of the palace are furnished with the typical splendor of the age, dozens of paintings in impressive frames, gilded, Venetian glass and ornaments. It is worthwhile to consider, though if you have experience with palaces, they will probably merge with your memories of many others.
One of the halls is called Napolyon, who has ever spent the night in it. The gardens will be lost in a series of sculptures, obelisks, staircases and fountains. A predominant theme in architectural detail is the seabed. One of the colorful add-ons to the atmosphere is the special pure white peacocks that walk peacefully among the greenery and the visitors are lurking at their lush tails.
We managed to grab one of the peacocks when it struggled, but unfortunately it turned out pretty drained.
Isola Madre or "Mother Island" is the largest of the three and boasts a no less beautiful garden, but this time made in English style.
There, everything seemed somewhat more orderly, geometrically and classified. Trees and flowers had signs, and the palace was considerably simpler than luxury. We also saw several pieces of modern art - a sculptural group of a pack of dogs and some strange red gear that looked like a carousel.
In the gardens I was impressed by a huge blossoming magnolia and several ponds of water lilies. And on this island among the flowers were exotic birds like pheasants and parrots, but this time the peacocks were from the more popular colorful species known in our country as well.
The third largest island of Isola dei Pescatori is occupied by a fishing village that we have seen from a distance, but we have not even gone there. It was inhabited at the earliest, and its name, as you may already have guessed, means "the island of fishermen. " It is built with two-and three-story houses, and the bell tower of St. Victor's church, built in the 11th century. The Borromean Islands also include the Malaga rock, which you can see between Izola Bela and Isola Madre. It is very small, uninhabited and covered with bushes, with a small beach on it. The fifth element of the group is the Isle of San Giovanni, which is located some distance to the north.