Monday, June 11, 2007

Isabella's Garden

In the north of Italy, floating like a jewel in Lago Maggiore, there is an island called Isola Bella.

Long ago it was a barren, rocky place, but in the mid seventeenth century, a Borromean count decided to make it into a place of beauty, dedicating the island to his wife, the Countess Isabella.

An enormous amount of soil was brought in, an airy summer palace was built, and a many-tiered garden of baroque splendour was created.

It may be a little over the top... I mean, you have to appreciate a certain amount of rococo statuary...but it's truly one of the most beautiful places I know.

I was so happy to be able to visit this island for a second time.

Now I must leave off writing this post and go out into my own garden for a spot of weeding. Heh, my own garden is not quite as baroque and manicured, I can assure you.


Pol* said...

lovely pics.... it was enchanting for sure. I really wished they gave us a dressing room to get into huge gowns and powdered wigs!

Get Off My Lawn! said...

"Tending my fruit, tending my fruit, why you've got to have a hobby... some people say that I am out of my tree or just a strawberry fool. Someday they'll see, 'til then I'll blow you a raspberry, 'cause apples and pears are me. So I'm tending my fruit and I don't give a hoot, 'cause it keeps me sane. It keeps me sane."
XTC - Apple Venus
Stunning pics.

Ms.L said...

WOW! I wish my hubby woud do that for me;)

Dagoth said...

Hi Spider

As always you take the most wonderful pictures. Not as good as being there but your pics sure do bring it alive. Thanks for sharing...

Mel said...

Stunning! Wish I lived there!

jmb said...

Bella Isola indeed. A lovely spot and you obviously enjoyed it.