National Geographic : 1913 Aug
Photo byArthur E.Mayer THE TERRACED WALKS OF ISOLA BELLA Isola Bella, the most famous of the Borromean Islands, is the gem of the Italian lakes. Originallyabarren rock, itwas transformed about 1670 by Count Vitaliano Borromeo, who made it his summer home. The magnificent gardens, risinginten artificial terraces, Ioofeet above the lake, are stocked with a wealth of beautiful trees-camillas, oleanders, magnolias, cypresses, cedars,and palms. The chapel ofthechateau contains the exquisite Renaissance tombs of members of the Borromeo family, who were powerful nobles ofMilan.