Have you ever visited the Eden of Italy
Have you ever visited the Eden of Italy? It is Lago Maggiore, known for its beautiful coastlines surrounded by fabulous villages and stunning villas. If you care to visit this area in search of a place to retire, contact me. My inexpensive, but spacious and nice apartment, is part of a small condominium which sits on a hill overlooking the lake. Unfortunately, I must sell it!
Lago Maggiore lies at the base of snow-capped mountains, the Alps, which mark the border between Italy and Switzerland. Despite its beauty and its balmy Mediterranean climate, the area still remains a less known tourist destination, when compared to the other lakes of northern Italy. Yet, after seeing it, visitors are left with an enduring desire to be part of this Italian location, especially in their retirement years. Regretfully, they often say: "Why didn't I buy my place here? Any accommodation, along this idyllic lake, would have been the ticket for enjoying all the rest that lies around this area!"
The history of the cities that dot the coastline of Lago Maggiore, known by the ancient Romans as Lacus Maximum, goes back many centuries. But it was in the 14th century when the merchant family of Duke Borromeo of Milan gained control of the vast area that surrounded the lake. The German-Sicilian emperor, better known as Federico Barbarossa (Frederick Red Beard), king of the Longbard people, once owned this area. Today, the land surrounding the Lago Maggiore is shared by the two Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy. So wealthy and powerful the members of this family became, that they bought the three islands of the lake and transformed them from useless rocky pieces of land into outposts of luxury living. The Borromeos built amazing palaces surrounded by botanical gardens of world's reputation.