Love is ALL

The Lady of the Lake

By Alessandra Cenna

ISOLA DEL GARDA

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This tiny Italian island barely one kilometer by seventy meters sits magnificently in the middle of Lake Garda. Loaded with history and romance, this wonderful place can be reached by boat from the villages of Bardolino and Garda on the Verona side of the lake.

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Upon arrival at the small port of the island, the superb Venetian Neo-Gothic style mansion, designed by architect Luigi Rovelli at the start of the 19th century, welcomes visitors with wonder. Its construction is reminiscent of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with its skilful blend of Eastern Gothic and Moorish architecture. Remodeled by the various families of owners over the years, it stands victorious above the remains of an ancient monastery.

Its charm is surrounded by lush vegetation where palms and cypresses mingle in a profusion of fruits and flowers with divine scents. Thanks to the microclimate, nature grows with delight in the magic of this beautiful paradise.

Alberta Cavazza, one of the seven siblings of the family that owns the place, warmly honors us on the island. Considered as privileged guests, she takes us to discover the colorful greenhouses, the hidden caves and this luxurious residence in these dream gardens.

The Cavazza family live in part of the house throughout the year and their presence gives it a very lively and authentic character. 


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Over the centuries, the island has changed its surname several times according to its owners. Its very first name was "Insula Cranie" because of the Gallo-Roman tombs found at the time, which testified to a Roman presence before the decline of the Empire. The island was the refuge of pirates to make way for a hunting reserve and finally to be occupied by a community of religious brothers. In 1220, following the visit of Saint Francis of Assisi, it thus became a monastery.

 

In the 19th century, the island often changed families and therefore scenery. It was the Lechi, then the Scotti and finally the Borghese who, in 1927, passed on this heritage to Count Alessandro Cavazza of Bologna, grandfather of the current owners.

 

Far from the world, an island with a thousand-year-old past lives to the rhythm of birdsong in an enchanting setting rocked by the waters of the lake ...

A fairy tale whose sweetness we would like to forever keep when the boat pulls away, carrying its visitors with a pang in the heart at the forced abandonment of so many beauties.

 

 

 

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©  Alessandra Cenna 


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