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- Editor Farhad Vladi offers an insider's take on these little-known gems - Additionally, the book offers a glimpse of some Swiss-owned islands around the world - Stunning photography, including aerial shots, conveys the rare beauty of these island retreats When thinking about islands, one imagines palm trees and white beaches, coral reefs, and endless oceans. However, this coffee-table book surprises: Some of the most beautiful islands worldwide are situated in the Alps. Nestled on serene rivers and lakes, these enclaves are set amidst picturesque sceneries. Whether located in Switzerland or in Italy's lake district, each romantic property combines refined atmosphere with all the relaxing glories of nature. Residents and visitors can watch the lazy currents from the comfort of their secure retreats, many with historically significant buildings and world-class landscaping. Each island is a universe unto itself, with unique recreational possibilities, as well as the obvious boating and fishing. Of course, they all offer superb isolation and quiet--so precious in our crowded and hectic modern world. With stunning photography, including aerial shots that convey the rare beauty of these island retreats and an insider's take on these little-known gems, Swiss and Alpine Islands it the ultimate guide for travel and nature lovers everywhere. Text in German, English, French and Italian.