La Foleia is a special, recently renovated destination. “Foleia” is the latin word for “follia” which translates into folly, madness. It was first imagined, then realized with art, courage and determination. Once an oak forest, it became a property with a 4000 sqm circle of water filled with a private, natural spring from the Ticino river. On the lake’s two opposite shores are two mirrored houses; one has an octagonal plan, with French windows that frame the water and the statues that adorn its edges from the living room. The other, a neoclassical pavilion, with large windows that open onto a stairway that accompany you into the lake. Around it, like curtains adorning the edges of your home, an unmissable variety of trees, plants and flowers, a secret, unimaginable garden, that can’t even be fathomed from the gate outside.
In the spring, frogs come to mate in the lake’s waters. And the sound of them mating inhabits the enchanted nights. As the days progress, the water lilies bloom exposing their pink flowers and the lake’s mirror becomes surprising, with big-mouthed fish jumping to eat mosquitoes, dragonflies filling the air and the mallards forming families, with ducklings swimming among the plants. In the evening, from time to time, you can even see herons resting on the lake to fish and rest. A magical place where nature makes us feel part of a whole and the houses, with their elegant furnishings, are precious stones set in the landscape. And where, outside, not far away, the worldly life of Lake Maggiore is still alive.