National Geographic : 1913 Aug
Photo byArthur E.Mayer ISOLA BELLA FROM STRESA "Previous to 167e it was nothing but a barren rock, without vegetation and subjected to the washing ofthewaves, which had dashed against it for centuries, almost severing it in twain. At that time Count Borromeo started the great taskof making itinto thefairy place itis today . . Thousands of boat-loads of rich earth were brought from the mainland and distributed over therocks insufficient depth to insure vegetation its proper nourishment. This being accomplished, the chateau was built and finishedinalavish manner" (see page 956).