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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fantasy Island -- Prince And Princess Borromeo Give An Interview

The Principe and Principessa a casa, at home.

Not everyone knows that the Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella is to this day the family home of the Borromeo family, and that they live there much of the time. But they do, and if you're like me, you probably wonder what their life there is like. We can all get a glimpse now, in the January issue of W magazine, which includes a feature article on Principe and Principessa Borromeo. It's a great article, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the members of the Borromeo family who live in the palace on Isola Bella today. The interviewer met with Principessa Bona Borromeo, her husband Principe Gilberto VIII, their son Count Vitaliano XI, daughter-in-law Marina, her sister Lucrezia, and various grandchildren, on a clear morning last summer.

Take a look at the entire article, entitled Fantasy Island, here... now you'll know a little bit of what they are doing behind those private walls, in the parts of the palace that we don't get to see, while we're wandering around their public gardens frolicking with the white peacocks.

The Salone Grande is open to the public. Built in the 1950s, it was built following plans from the 1700s.

You won't see this on the tour. A bedroom adjacent to the Throne Room features the motto of the family saint over the bed.

A fresco in a private room depicts another Borromeo property.

Want to read more about the Borromeos and their palace? Try these posts:
Meet the Borromeos

Credits: Article in W magazine written by James Reginato and photographed by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. All photos courtesy of W magazine. Grazie to reader Tony, for sending me the link to this article.



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