Isola Bella 2 #wanderlust

It’s time to explore the lower level of the castle.

Passing classic sculptures and funny ones.

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On the lower floor of the pallazo you see the cobblestoned shell grottos, embellished with black and white rock and tuff stone chips. Source

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The view is towards the Fisher island.

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The stones on the floor is shiny due to lots of use.

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Another beautiful ceiling.

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The flowers are painted on marble.

The tapestry gallery is beautiful.

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I really wish we’d had more time there. After the tapestry gallery we continue out to the amazing garden. That will be the next blog post.

Lago Maggiore #wanderlust

View from the balcony.

Lake Maggiore (literally ‘Greater Lake’) is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between Italy and Switzerland.

Lake Maggiore is 64.37 km (40 mi) long, and 3 to 5 km (2 to 3 mi) wide, except at the bay opening westward between Pallanza and Stresa, where it is 10 km (6 mi) wide. It is the longest Italian lake, although Lake Garda has a greater area. Its mean height above the sea level is 193 metres; a deep lake, its bottom is almost everywhere below sea-level: at its deepest, 179 metres below. Its form is very sinuous, so that there are few points from which any considerable part of its surface can be seen at a single glance. If this lessens the effect of the apparent size, it increases the variety of its scenery. While the upper end is completely alpine in character, the middle region lies between hills of gentler form, and the lower end advances to the verge of the plain of Lombardy.

Source Wipikedia


The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with many gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Borromean islands that we also visited.

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Very old olive tree.

Botanical Garden at Cascate del Varone

The climb up to the Upper Cave is not just a passageway between the two caves, but a path with numerous interesting features. 

115 steps will lead you to a path climbing up in a series of hairpin bends and surrounded by the flowers and plant beds of the Botanical Garden, recently built.

This walkway is also part of the work that was carried out to enable visitors to see the waterfall; in the past you had to make your way uphill through prickly thorns and scrubland. 

The area around the Varone waterfall, part of the Lower Sarca Valley, has its own microclimate that allows a luxuriant and rare vegetation to grow:

Plants typical of the Mediterranean area stand alongside trees which are generally found only up in the mountains

Palm trees, yuccas, loquats, cypresses, oleanders, hortensias and olive trees together with oaks, wild laurel, pines and larches: 

Looking around is like leafing through a book on botan

Gorgeous Hibiscus

Cascata del Varone in Italy 2017

Cascata del Varone

Text is from the official webpage. You can find out more here: Cascata del Varone

Cascate del Varone

Cave Varone and its waterfall are a rare geological phenomenon.


The falls has a height of almost 100 metres, and is sourced from the river Margnone, which runs beneath the valley of Ravizze and down to Lake Garda.

Starting at the bottom wiew point.

Making our way up to the top wiew point.

Its waters are fed by underground leakage from Lake Tenno into the mountain that then forms the waterfall. 

I could only use my mobile phone camera in there. It was like standing in the rain.

You can find more information about the geology and history of the waterfall here: Cascata del Varone 
(Text from waterfall website and Wikipedia)