The botanical gardens of Villa Taranto

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Activity Level



Other, Nature and Wildlife, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
Only some parts of the gardens are accessible to wheelchairs.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), French (fluent), Italian (fluent)

"A beautiful garden does not need to be big, but it should be the realization of one's dream"

Created by the Scotsman Neil McEacharn in the 1930's, the botanical patrimony of the gardens of Villa Taranto contains nearly 1, 000 non autochthonous plants and almost 20, 000 genera and varieties of particular botanical importance.
The Villa is not open to the public, since it is used as seat of the Prefecture of the new Province of Verbano- Cusio-Ossola.
Since 1952 the gardens have been open to the public, from April to October, and the constantly rising number of visitors has now reached over 150, 000 per year. Groups of scholars and garden lovers come to Villa Taranto from Australia, North and South America and Europe, drawn by its interesting botanical collections, perfect organisation and exquisite hospitality.
This tour is possible only during the opening period of Villa Taranto (March 15th - November 1st, 2018).
***Customize - I can create a customized tour for you in case you have special requests or if you are more than 10 people.


We'll visit the gardens, walking on very comfortable paths.
We'll see thousands of plants and trees, most from tropical countries and some of them very rare.
In April visitors enjoy the tulips exposition; from July to October the exhibit of dahlias is open.
The walk will last about 2 hours, depending on your interest. We can make a shorter visit, choosing the highlights of the gardens, if you don't feel like walking up to the top of the hill. The difference in height is of about 100 mts (300 ft), but the walk up is very smooth and comfortable.
We can stop and sit on some benches, if required.
There's a café (not open full-time in low season) in the centre of the garden. There is one always open at the entrance/exit of the garden.
There's a WC at the entrance/exit of the garden and one in the centre of it.
The visit is not suggestable only if the weather is really bad (heavy rain, heavy storms, strong wind. . . ). In this case, we'll find a solution together!

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At the entrance of the gardens. If you have your own car, I can meet you in any hotel in Stresa or the surroundings and drive to Pallanza in your car.

End location: At the entrance of the gardens or at the hotel.

Duration: 2 hours



What’s Included

Guided visit of the gardens. Admission to the villa is not allowed to visitors.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 EUR - Entrance fee per person

What’s Extra

Transport from your accommodation to Villa Taranto.
You are responsible for any purchases of a personal nature (souvenirs, food, drinks).


I am not a professional driver. I can arrange for a separate car and driver or accompany you in your vehicle.

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