Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, Italy

AUGUST 2008 – View of Isola Bella, a small island situated in the Lago Maggiore in Italy, with its massive Palazzo Borromeo. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Lago Maggiore is split between Switzerland and Italy. While the entire region is influenced by the Italian culture and lifestyle, the Swiss part has certainly also a touch of Swiss culture. So, it’s interesting to discover what happens when you cross the border between Switzerland and Italy.

Surprise, surprise: Life does not change a lot. It’s basically the same, and the big changes come when you move further into Italy, leaving Ticino behind.

Nonetheless, the Italian side is also beautiful. Exhibit A (above) underlines this statement. It shows the small island called “Isola Bella” (Beautiful Island) with the stunning Palazzo Borromeo. The Palazzo is well worth a visit, but the most stunning feature is the huge garden of the island. Obviously you need to hop on a boat to get there (usually from Baveno) and this is not cheap. So we skipped this excursion.

Yet, Ticino and Lago Maggiore are definitely a great destinations for summer holidays.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time28-AUG-2008, 13:22
LocationIsola Bella, Lago Maggiore, Italy
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8L USM
Exposure1/640 sec. at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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