A Door on the Lake Maggiore

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A Door on the Lake Maggiore
(Isola Bella, Italy)

To be honest, it was strictly forbidden to take pictures inside the Palazzo Borromeo, built during the 17th century by the influential Borromeo Family. Why these prohibitions? Well, the sellers of postcards poorly framed, of slides washed out, and, in the digital age, DVD anonymous and sleepy, go crazy for these restrictions, which allow them to sell the unsellable to tourists hungry for memories. But, what about taking a picture of the outside from the inside? Strictly speaking it is not a shot of the Palace, but of the lake. However, just before I had seen a ‘gorilla’ threatening a peaceful girl which was trying to take the same picture. A few seconds later, the ‘gorilla’ disappeared, closely following the poor girl to make sure that she will not destroy the palace with her point-and-shot. And I took this picture, undisturbed.

By the way, Isola Bella (literally ‘lovely’ or ‘pretty island’) and the Borromeo Palace are wonderful and very well preserved. Between the second half of the 17th century and the beginning of the 19th, they became a place of sumptuous parties and theatrical events for the nobility of Europe, and today they are very popular tourist attraction.

Canon EOS 20D; Lens: Canon EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

17mm; 1/200 sec; f/14; ISO 200

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