The “Borromeo Touristic Circuit" is back with many new events for the 2019 season!
The “Borromeo Touristic Circuit" is back with many new events for the 2019 season.
Isola Bella and Isola Madre will be open every day from Friday, 22 March until Sunday, 20 October 2019 from 9 am to 5:30 pm (the last entry time available).
This year, restoration works will continue on some works of art found on Isola Bella and Isola Madre: the Palazzo dell’Isola Madre hosts the portraits of Renato II Borromeo (oil on canvas, Lombard school, 17th century) and Giulia Arese (oil on canvas, Lombard school, 17th century), both located in the Salone di Rappresentanza on the ground floor. Among the works of art being restored: “Incendio di Troia” (Giovanni Stefano Danendi (known as Il Montalto), oil on canvas, 1668-1674) and “Sacrificio di Alessandro Magno” (Giovanni Battista Costa, oil on canvas, 1652-1674).
At Palazzo dell’Isola Bella, in the Sala delle Medaglie, restoration is under way on the “Tondi Lignei” a series of wood portraits of scenes from St. Charles’ life (Siro Zanella, gilded wood, 1688), the portrait of Vitaliano VI Borromeo (Pier Francesco Cittadini) and two cabinets in ebony covered wood (Lombard school, 1670). Furthermore, 15 paintings by Pieter Mulier (called “il Cavalier Tempesta), which are located in the Sala della Conferenza in Stresa, will also be restored.
Beginning this year, Italian and foreign travellers, both individuals and groups, can now use the online platform https://booking.isoleborromee.it to purchase a series of extra features to complete their visit (along with their ticket and guided tour), including a guided tour and aperitif at the coffee shop of the Borromeo location. Visitors who are looking for a truly exclusive experience should remember that they can visit the Borromeo Islands (Bella and Madre) after hours, or rather after the main buildings have closed (for reservations and information,
Let’s continue with the Parco Pallavicino, which will be open from Friday 22 March to Sunday 3 November (from 22/03 to 29/09 opening hours are 9 am to 6 pm – the Park closes at 7:30 pm | from 30/9 to 3/11 opening hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm – the Park closes at 6 pm). The animal repopulation process is also continuing: at present, there are over 50 different species in the park, for a total of over 200 animals.
Some of the events already confirmed at Parco Pallavicino for 2019 are: the “Treasure Hunt and Family Run” on 22/4, the “Swimrun Cheers” on 15/6 (arrival at the Park) and the Castagnata chestnut festival in October.
Lastly, we would like to announce a new tourist attraction at the Parco del Mottarone: in late spring, the Borromeo Touristic Circuit will open an “Adventure Park” and the adjacent Bar Stazione in the middle zone of the Mottarone. The Parco Avventura, immersed in the greenery of the Parco del Mottarone, will offer several paths with various degrees of difficulty which can be accessed starting from 3 years of age. The Bar Stazione will be the new refreshment area for families and young athletes who love this mountain. On the peak, the mountain bike and e-bike rental service will be activated again this year, with accredited MTB guides who can provide support.
Lastly, we would like to highlight the “Didactic Programme” of the Borromeo Circuit, which is particularly aimed at youth clubs and summer facilities: during the summer, Parco Pallavicino hosts treasure hunts, and didactic workshops are held on Isola Bella and Isola Madre where guests can explore the royal palaces.