We were visiting family in Lugano, Switzerland which is right across the border from Italy and where they, in fact, speak Italian. My daughter in law had been reading about the gardens of Italy and read of one called Isola Bella (Beautiful Island) which is a lovely mansion and garden entirely covering one island. It took an hour drive, a hop onto a ferry, more driving and then a boat to the Island. It turned out to be an incredible place. The mansion (maybe a castle?) was beautifully restored and the garden was unbelievable. I took so many photos. Here are just a few.