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fountains (dry), mosaics, statues, etc. meet the eye in profusion,
but in somewhat questionable taste.
The Chateau, the size of which is quite disproportionate to
the extent of the island, is richly decorated, and contains a
Collet lion of Pictures more numerous than valuable. The N. wing
is in ruins. The view through the arches of the long galleries
under the chateau is very striking. A domestic hurries visitors
through the chateau (fee '/-2 — 1 fr- f°r eaon Pers0> and consigns
them to a gardener, who shows the garden with equal despatch
for a similar fee. Adjacent to the chateau is the *H6tel du
Dauphin or Delfino (R.' 2, L. i/2, B. 1, 1). 4. A. 3/4 fr.). Ex¬
cursion of 2 hrs. by boat to the other islands with one rower
2'/.,, with two f) fr.
The *Isola Madre on its S. side resembles the lsola Bella,
and is laid out in seven terraces, with lemon and orange-trellises;
on the upper terrace, a dilapidated Palazzo, commanding a
beautiful view. On the N. side there are deligthful walks in the
English style, with luxuriant vegetation, which render it a far
pleasanter resort than tin- lsola Bella (fee 1 fr.). — The lsola
dei Pescatori is entirely occupied by a small fishing village, the
single open space being just sufficient for drying the nets.
The scenery around the Borromean Islands rivals that of the Lake of
Como in grandeur, and perhaps surpasses it in the softness of its character.
Monte Rosa is not visible; the snow-mountains to the "N.W. are the glaciers
and (icaks of the Simplon ; of the nearer mountains the most conspicuous
are the white granite-rocks near Baveno (p. 260). The traveller coming
from the X. cannot fail to be struck with the loveliness of these banks,
studded with innumerable habitations, and clothed with southern vegetation
(chestnuts, mulberries, vines, figs, olives); the extensive lake with its
deep blue waters, and the beautiful girdle of snowy mountains, combining
tin- stern grandeur of the High Alps with the charms of a southern clime.
Rousseau at one time intended to make the Borromean Islands the scene
of his 'Nouvelle Heloise', but] considered them too artificial for his romance,
in which human nature is portrayed with such a masterly hand.
The steamboat no steers S. to
Stresa I+Hotel des Iles Borkomees with diligence - office, '|2 M.
from the landing place, R. from 2'|2, B. l'|2, L. and A. l'|2, D. 4 fr., pension
in summer 7'J2—9]|2 fr., in winter 5—6 fr., boat without rower l'|2 for the
first, 1 fr. for each subsequent hr.; • Hotel ue Milan. R. 2. D. 3, L. and
A. 1 fr.; * Hotel i>u Simplon, both new; Albekgo Reale, Italian inn.
One-horse carr. to Domo d'Ossola 15—20 fr., tivo-horse 30—35 fr. ; to Arona
with one horse 6 fr. ; carriages for the Simplon route to Sion may also be
procured. "No supplementary carriages provided when the diligence is full),
situated on the coast opposite the lsola Bella. The handsome
R'l.tminian Monastery, half-way up the mountain is now occupied
by a school. Beautiful cypresses in the Churchyard. — Ascent
of Monte Motterone, see p. 380.
As tin- steamer steers along the W. bank, the skilful construction
of the high-road, which in many places is supported by piers
of masonry, attracts attention. Ihe banks gradually become flatter,
and Monte Kosa makes its appearance in the W The boat touches
at Bflgirulr (IIntel Borroiiieo), l.esa. and Meinu on the \V\, and