"Isola Madre - other attractions" Isola Madre Tip by ChrsStrl

Isola Madre, Stresa: 8 reviews and 12 photos


The walk initially takes you round the African terrace where plants from Bolivia mix with the carob (whose seeds we are reminded were once used to weigh diamonds - hence 'carats') from Arabia and a citrus tree from Burma. An odd coincidence links us to a lecture on a cruise to Norway two weeks earlier on plants on the edge for also here grows the Casuarina - a plant that grows on sea-shores as it has adapted to withstand extremely salty soils. This example comes from Australia. This side of the island can, they say, be 4 degrees warmer than the other, which is why such plants will grow there.

The walk then leads you through an area of the garden where camelias grow. We are in the wrong season except for one we see later on the tallest camelia bush\ tree I have ever seen (though my experience of camelias is not extensive).

As we enter a lawned area we are suddenly aware of a majestic white peacock serenely gliding in state across the lawn. A bustle and flurry of cries and, running across our path come a motley collection of highly-coloured birds.

Address: Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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