''Isola Bella (lit. 'beautiful island') is one of the Borromean 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.
Until 1632 the island—known only as l’isola inferiore or isola di sotto—was a rocky crag occupied by a tiny fishing village: but that year Carlo III of the influential House of Borromeo began the construction of a palazzo dedicated to his wife, Isabella D'Adda, from whom the island takes its name. He entrusted the works to the Milanese Angelo Crivelli, who was also to be responsible for the planning the gardens. The works were interrupted around middle of the century when the Duchy of Milan was struck by a devastating outbreak of the plague.
Construction resumed when the island passed to Carlo’s sons, Cardinal Giberto III (1615–1672) and Vitaliano VI (1620–1690); the latter in particular, with the financial backing of his elder brother, entrusted the completion of the works to the Milanese architect Carlo Fontana and turned the villa into a place of sumptuous parties and theatrical events for the nobility of Europe.
The completion of the gardens, however, was left to his nephew Carlo IV (1657–1734). They were inaugurated in 1671.
The island achieved its highest level of social success during the period of Giberto V Borromeo (1751–1837) when guests included Edward Gibbon, Napoleon and his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, and Caroline of Brunswick, the Princess of Wales. It is said that Caroline, having fallen in love with the place, did her best to convince the Borromeo family to sell her Isola Madre or the Castelli di Cannero islands; her request being turned down, she established herself on the banks of Lake Como at Cernobbio in the Villa d’Este.''
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Nicou (142992) 2014-04-30 0:55
très très belle iamge de cette fameuse île la Belle sueprbe ces immense pieux de bois cette architecture quelle compo et vue quelle belle approche sueprbe.
Bravo et belle journée
lousat (91950) 2014-04-30 0:56
Ciao Ale,bella l'isola e fantastica la foto,quando c'e' il sole è davvero tutta un'altra cosa,colori brillanti,dettagli al top ed un vero piacere da guardare!! Buona giornata,Luciano
Royaldevon (39334) 2014-04-30 1:11
Ciao Caro Alessandro,
A very nicely, angled aspect gives a natural lead to this majestic building so sharply captured amid its superb setting of water and mountains.
Have a lovely day,
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-30 1:14
For the moment I thought that this must be a pic from Venice!:) You have visited a charming place. The presented architecture look absolutely great full of interesting details. Very well executed work. TFS!
besnard (56447) 2014-04-30 1:25
Une bonne luminosité qui met en valeur ces jolies constructions au bord de l'eau.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
saxo042 (37888) 2014-04-30 1:25
Beautiful buildings in a very beautiful surrounding. An interesting note and an attractive contribution.
carlo62 (49103) 2014-04-30 3:54
non solo l'isola è bella, ma anche la foto.
La luce è splendida e il risultato magnifico.
Sergiom (80586) 2014-04-30 4:51
Quelle belle île bien qu'elle ne soit plus tellement isolée comme son nom le dit. J'aime beaucoup la diagonale dans l'image ainsi que la superbe luminosité sur les immeubles.
jhm (153640) 2014-04-30 5:08
Italy has a lot nice cities and a lot nice canals.
Your picture is fantastic, you chose a perfect angle.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
A nice composition, lovely presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-30 6:06
alla precedente hai fatto seguire un'altra bella visione della cittadina rivierasca e anche in questa la cura della tua ripresa ti ha permesso di offrire una bella composizione ulteriormente arricchita da una ripresa eccellente per colori, nitidezza e cura del contrasto.
Ciao e buona giornata
cornejo (42861) 2014-04-30 9:47
Ciao Alessandro, buona immagine di questa splendida composizione con edifici storici di Isola Bella, splendidamente catturate in questa immagine interessante con una buona nitidezza, luce e colore. Molto buono ed interessante lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Buon pomeriggio e felice resto della settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-04-30 9:50
une belle vue ensoleillée de cette "Belle Ile". Une vue de Venise qui sort des sentiers battus. Une jolie capture. Bien vu.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-04-30 19:02
love the angle of the shot that helps in including a variety of elements in the frame.love the architecture and the pov.nice note.
npecanhuk (75494) 2014-04-30 19:45
Wonderful details and place!
Very beautiful picture, with special regards to the colors, exposure and composition!
TFS - congrats,
emka (98628) 2014-04-30 20:02
Ciao, no wonder it is called isola Bella, it is marvelous. Superb presentation, great colours and sharpness. Fantastic place.
WArm regrads M.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-04-30 22:02
Jolie mise en image, sous un beau soleil, de ces beaux bâtiments d'Isola Bella.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-05-01 0:27
great view with spectacular composition, the colours and lights are very nice, the POV is splendid,
macjake (68386) 2014-05-01 0:37
when viewing the new posted gallery page i felt that this one stood out very well.
bright light, warm light, attractive colors and a Venice-type-of look doesn't hurt either.
fine photo all around
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-05-02 3:20
Italy has plenty of charming places and no wonder it is one of the most photographed countries on TE. I like the architecture you are presenting in here and it gains a lot from the POV you chose. I guess you were on the boat and it gave you nice view on the river bank. The wooden poles sticking out of the water make the image more interesting and I like the glimpse of the mountains in the background.
Very nice colors, sharpness and light.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
dta (78528) 2014-05-03 11:35
Ciao Alessandro ,
Une superbe architecture au bord du lac . Très belle vue .
daddo (26794) 2014-06-21 4:46
Ciao Alessandro. I member fondly my brief stay in Stresa and the lovely views of the lake. The Borromean islands are enchanting and you have captured beautifully its grand houses and the setting. Lovely to look at. Ciao. Klaudio.
- Copyright: ALESSANDRO MACCHI (SWEETFREEDOM) (24621)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-24
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 6D, Canon 35mm f/ 1.4L, 77 B+W MRC UV
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-30 0:44