Villa Taranto

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Villa Taranto information

Verbania , Italy
Via Vittorio Veneto 111
Verbania Pallanza
+390 323 40 45 55
Getting there
Ferry: Villa Taranto
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adult/child €10/5.50
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Pallanza’s highlight is the grounds of the late-19th-century Villa Taranto. In 1931 royal archer and Scottish captain Neil McEacharn bought the Normandy-style villa from the Savoy family after spotting an ad in the Times . He planted some 20,000 species over 30 years, and today it is considered one of Europe’s finest botanic gardens.

The main entrance path is a grand affair, bordered by a strip of lawn and a cornucopia of colourful flowers. Depending on when you visit, the experience will differ. The winding dahlia path, for instance, shows off blooms from more than 300 species from June to October. In April and May, the dogwood and related flowers run riot. In the hothouses you can admire extraordinary, equatorial water lilies. The villa itself is not open to the public as it houses the offices of the local prefecture. Boats stop at the landing stage in front of the villa.