This is the largest of the Borromeo Islands and it is also the most characteristic due to its collected, tranquil, and enchanted atmosphere. Its gardens, where all manner of peacocks, parrots and pheasants roam freely, are full of rare plants and exotic flowers, helping to create the charm of a tropical land.
Isola Madre is particularly famous for its azalea,
rhododendron, and camellia blossoms but also for the
pergolas of ancient wisteria, for the Cashmere Cyprus,
which is more than two hundred years old and is the
largest example in Europe, and for the espaliers of
citrons and lemons, for the collection of hibiscus
and the Ginkgo biloba.
In 1978, the sixteenth century palace was officially
opened to the public. It is particularly interesting
because of the reconstruction of period rooms, and
the collection of liveries, dolls and porcelain housed
The exhibition of "Teatrini delle Marionette"
(small puppet theatres) dating from the seventeenth/nineteenth
centuries is also truly exceptional.
Isola Madre leaves the visitor with a feeling of extreme
elegance, thanks to the care and attention paid to
the gardens and to the interiors offering a certain
quality that sets out to please even the most demanding