The terraced gardens of Isola Bella
The palace, on the left, with the church, dating from 1665, in the foreground
The palace has beautifully manicured gardens
One of six grottos under the palazzo
The magnificent gardens have been developed over the centuries, and contain many rare plants and exotic flowers. The gardens are truly amazing. White Peacocks and their families, strut among the sumptuous vegetation, and ancient statues look down imperiously from on high. As Charles Dickens said, in 1844, "For however fanciful and fantastic the Isola Bella may be, and is, it still is beautiful."
White peacocks strut freely around the gardens
We saw this mother peahen with her chick
The pyramid-shaped terraces are bedecked with statues,
and a unicorn (the symbol of the Borromeo family) stands proudly
at its apex, ridden by love.
If you look carefully at the above photo, you will see David in a bright blue shirt, standing on a terrace to the right.
Jessica peers over one of the balustrades of the terraces
I think this is meant to be Thor, with his hammer.
Jessica, checking on the ferry timetable; just to make sure her
granny and grandpa knew what they were doing!