Italian Lakes in focus

A new book on Gardens of the Italian Lakes has been published.

The gardens of the Italian Lakes around Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, in the far north of Italy, feature strongly in the book, by Steven Desmond, who is a lecturer, writer and garden tour leader.

The book is designed for the specialist and enthusiast preparing for a visit.

The gardens include:

  • Villa Melzi, Bellagio: an early 19th-century romantic park on the lake shore
  • Villa Carlotta, Cadenabbia: a terraced 17th-century property with woodland
  • Villa del Balbianello, Lenno: a famously picturesque loggia
  • Villa D’Este, Cernobbio: a 16th-century cascade garden with royal connections
  • Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, Bisuschio: an intact 16th-century villa garden
  • Villa Della Porta Bozzolo, Casalzuigno: a rural baroque garden
  • Isola Bella, Stresa: a well-known island garden
  • Isola Madre, Stresa: an island retreat of flowers and birds
  • Villa San Remigio, Pallanza: an Edwardian garden made by two lovers
  • Villa Táranto, Pallanza: one of the world’s great woodland gardens

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