We arrived late on October 9th just in time to see the magic of dusk settling over the city below. Our room was quaint with a view of Lake Maggiore that was spectacular. We ate a quick dinner and headed to bed after an exhausting day.
October 10th, we woke up early and set out for an excursion to Isle Isabela where the Borromeo family have their home or rather, Palace. The 18-year-old princess still lives here. Most impressive were the terraced gardens. Besides incredible topiaries, flowers, and fountains, there were a dozen or more white peacocks roaming around!
Besides the lake, we could see the Swiss Alps off in the distance. Dan and I have been to the Alps for skiing, so it made this stay that much more memorable.
From Isle Isabela we headed for Lake Como. This area was very slow-paced, tastefully built, and clean. Seriously, no trash anywhere!
We saw another beautiful church dedicated to Mary the Immaculate. I would love to live here! If only I spoke Italian…
In the evening we attended a very special dinner on Isle Madre. It was a good thing we walked over 15,00 steps that day, because dinner was delicious and served family style, which meant a never ending bowl coming our way!