CULTURE

The Borromeo Family


On a private isle in Italy’s Lago Maggiore that has been in the family for half a millennium, Principe and Principessa Borromeo are living the ultimate dolce vita. Read the complete article HERE.

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Isola Bella, best known for its spectacular baroque gardens.

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Photographer: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Principe and Principessa Borromeo

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An interior courtyard.

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One of the grotto rooms on the lower level of the palazzo, which Edith Wharton likened to “a poet’s notion of some twilight refuge from summer heats.”

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The monumental Salone Grande, which was built in the Fifties and based on 17th-century plans.

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The ceiling of the Salone Grande.

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The bedroom adjacent to the Throne Room features the motto of the family saint.

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A niche in one of the grotto rooms.

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A wall fresco depicting another family property.

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Posing in their private garden, from left, Vitaliano, Marina, Lucrezia and the senior Borromeos.

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Statuary and elaborate constructions in the multilevel garden.

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A stucco figure holds court from its perch near the Throne Room’s ceiling.

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Photographer: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

A finely clipped hedge on a path in the garden.