Isola Madre is the largest of the Borromean Islands.
Palazzo Madre was constructed in the 16th – 18th centuries on the former site of a church and cemetery, both of which were relocated to Isola Bella. The villa is full of 17th century paintings, puppets, marionettes, dolls, puppet scenery and porcelain.
Amazingly, the English-style botanical garden is even more elaborate than the Italian baroque garden on Isola Bella. It was built on citrus orchards. The scala dei morti, or Staircase Of the Dead, honors the previous cemetery.
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