The scene before you was taken from Isola Bella looking towards Isola dei Pescatori. It was a wonderful experience hopping from island to island, admiring the architecture, gardens and treasures inside fine palaces.
Unfortunately, as I have learned long ago, appearances can be misleading and behind the apparent beauty and purity of vision, there is often a story of infamy and deeds that have terrible consequences.I am not referring to the distant past when the nobility got away with murder literally speaking, but of a not too distant past.
In talking to the local fishermen I have been told that for the last twenty years or more fishing was banned on Lago Maggiore as the waters had been heavily contaminated by toxins (I think it was DDT) that rivers brought from chemical plants higher up in the mountains. The people who lived on the Fishermen's Island had lost their traditional livelihood and families disintegrated as individuals left to make a living elsewhere. Needless to say, like with many cases in Italy, the guilty parties, according to the locals, were never punished and the communities were never compensated.
The Borromean Islands (It. Isole Borromee) are a group of three small islands and two islets in the Italian part of Lago Maggiore, located in the western arm of the lake, between Verbania to the north and Stresa to the south. Together totalling just 50 acres (20 hectares) in area, they are a major local tourist attraction for their picturesque setting.
Their name derives from the Borromeo family, which started acquiring them in the early 16th century (Isola Madre) and still owns the majority of them (Isola Madre, Bella, San Giovanni) today.
Isola Bella, named for Isabella, countess Borromeo, was originally a largely barren rock; after first improvements and buildings, opened by count Carlo III between 1629 and 1652, his son Vitaliano the 6th built an attractive summer palace, bringing in vast quantities of soil in order to build up a system of ten terraces for the garden. The unfinished building displays paintings by Lombard artists and Flemish tapestries.
Isola Madre, the largest of the three, is also noted for its gardens, which are maintained from about 1823 in an English style. Its palace, though uninhabited, is splendidly furnished with 16th to 19th century Italian masterpieces and paintings.
Isola dei Pescatori or Isola Superiore is now the only inhabited island in the archipelago. It has a fishing village, which in 1971 had a population of 208.
Isolino di San Giovanni is located just off Pallanza (today part of Verbania) to the north.
The tiny uninhabited rock of Malghera, with an area of only 200 square meters, lies between Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori and offers bushy vegetation and a small beach.
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amaryllis (36455) 2012-08-15 5:32
un très beau premier plan et une belle perspective avec ces montagnes et lac et ce village dont on aperçoit le clocher
un beau ciel accompagne l'ensemble
lrkelman (57) 2012-08-15 5:37
Your imagee has that beautiful almost picture postcard look of the kind of scene we expect of the Italian Lakes, but your story of the fisherman and the toxins in the lake bring us quickly back to the reality of this growing world we live in. Maybe you could have shown somehow in an image what is happening there and fitted the picture with the words. But, nonetheless in this image, the line of the balcony leads the eye to the central point in the lake and takes the viewer on a magical trip---well done---Lynne
ourania (41132) 2012-08-16 4:10
I like very much the depth, perspective, colours and mood of this picture. The composition is great with very interesting and sharp succeeding focal points leading us to the Isola dei Pescatori which looks lovely and mysterious from this distance. The shapr capture of textures is superb, the patterns on the lake and sky reflect their agitation. Lighting is most effective, the romantic melancholic mood it conveys is enchanting. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Yes, there is a very large Greek community in Melbourne, almost every family on Leros has relatives and friends there. Perhaps you have heard of poet Dimitris Tsaloumas, a Leriot who has lived and worked in Australia for six decades and splits the year between Leros and Melbourne (if I'm not mistaken).
emka (91492) 2012-08-17 23:43
Borromean Island, and Stresa, is one of the location I would love to see but still haven't had an opportunity. Nicely composied picture, the big vase adds depth. How one can hop from one islands to the other? Are there boat connections? Nice photo, inviting. TFS!
dkmurphys (55827) 2012-08-19 3:40
Very well composed image. I like the picturesque view over the lake and the frontal elements. Well done, attractive scene.