Isola Bella 2 #wanderlust

It’s time to explore the lower level of the castle.

Passing classic sculptures and funny ones.

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On the lower floor of the pallazo you see the cobblestoned shell grottos, embellished with black and white rock and tuff stone chips. Source

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The view is towards the Fisher island.

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The stones on the floor is shiny due to lots of use.

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Another beautiful ceiling.

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The flowers are painted on marble.

The tapestry gallery is beautiful.

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I really wish we’d had more time there. After the tapestry gallery we continue out to the amazing garden. That will be the next blog post.

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Isola Bella #wanderlust

The first day in Verbania the guide took us on a small tour around the city. Afterwards we took a water taxi to the Borromero islands. The first island was Isola Bella. We unfortunately had very limited time there since we went with the travel company’s tour of all three islands. We had to rush through the amazing baroque castle and barely had time to check out the garden.

Isola Bella (lit. ‘beautiful island’) is one of the Borromeran Islands of Lago Maggiore in north Italy. The island is situated in the Borromean Gulf 400 metres from the lakeside town of Stresa. Isola Bella is 320 metres long by 400 metres wide and is divided between the Palace, its Italianate garden, and a small fishing village.

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The island is a natural treasure made even richer by human intervention; it has always been one of the favourite visitor attractions of Lake Maggiore, not to be missed if you want unparalleled views of the lake and its surroundings. Isola Bella is dominated by its sumptuous Baroque palace, along with a luxuriant Italian-style garden, which reaches a height of 37 metres and is laid out on ten terraces. Many parts of the palace are open to visitors: richly furnished rooms and opulent salons embellished with priceless artworks.

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Adjacent to the palace and the gardens is part of the village which used to occupy the island, with some restaurants and souvenir shops.

Everything is gorgeous, especially the ceilings. The pictures are a bit crooked since we were in a hurry.

Hall ceiling.

Aside from the ceilings, there was Murano chandeliers everywhere.

Murano glass is glass made on the Venetian island of Murano, which has specialized in glassware for centuries.

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Agate and other semi precious stones are inlaid in the bureau’s.

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The paintings was almost working as wallpaper.

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In the end of the room there was a bed.

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The craftsmanship is amazing.

There was even a throne with a canopy above.

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The next room was filled with Murano glass.

Then a circular room with a round ceiling.

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The family crest includes a unicorn.

I loved the pink music room’s ceiling.

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View from bedroom.

The island you can see from here is Isola dei Pescatori (meaning Fishermen’s Island).

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.The next blog post will continue in the stone basement. I can’t describe it so you’ll just have to wait for the pictures.

Lago Maggiore #wanderlust

View from the balcony.

Lake Maggiore (literally ‘Greater Lake’) is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between Italy and Switzerland.

Lake Maggiore is 64.37 km (40 mi) long, and 3 to 5 km (2 to 3 mi) wide, except at the bay opening westward between Pallanza and Stresa, where it is 10 km (6 mi) wide. It is the longest Italian lake, although Lake Garda has a greater area. Its mean height above the sea level is 193 metres; a deep lake, its bottom is almost everywhere below sea-level: at its deepest, 179 metres below. Its form is very sinuous, so that there are few points from which any considerable part of its surface can be seen at a single glance. If this lessens the effect of the apparent size, it increases the variety of its scenery. While the upper end is completely alpine in character, the middle region lies between hills of gentler form, and the lower end advances to the verge of the plain of Lombardy.

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The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with many gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Borromean islands that we also visited.

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Very old olive tree.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber #wanderlust

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world.

On the way to Italy we had a short stop here. It was the weekend of the Rothenburg in Renaissance and Reformation fair.

It was fun to see all the different costumes.

This poor guy couldn’t go two steps without having his picture taken. Luckily he seemed to enjoy the attention.

It was in the morning we were there, so they were just starting to get ready for the day.

Town hall.

I absolutely love the sundial.

Street corner with small statue.

There was so many gorgeous signs hanging everywhere.

I could have spent much more time than we had to explore everything.

So cute and cosy looking.

After that little adventure we continued on towards Italy.

You can find more info about the tow and sights here Rothenburg ob der Tauber