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Italy’s Isola Bella

Italy's Isola Bella
(Photo: Christine Sarkis)
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Isola Bella is a delicate crown floating on the waters of Lake Maggiore in Italy’s Lake District. The historic summer residence of the Prince and Princess Boromeo, the tiny island is ringed with a 17th century baroque palace, elaborate terraced gardens, and a hillside village of shops and cafes.

Between March and October, the island draws thousands of daily visitors who come to marvel at the Murano glass chandeliers, labyrinthine grottoes, and the white peacocks gracing the Italian-style gardens. Just a short boat ride from the mainland town of Stresa, a trip to Isola Bella is a perfect excuse to ply the waters of Lake Maggiore and enjoy a boat’s-eye-view of the lake, the nearby islands, and the towering Alps.

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