The best of Verbania: the Museum of Landscape and Villa Taranto botanical garden

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  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 8 hr

Verbania is the chief town of the district around lake Maggiore; Pallanza, one of its centers, hosts the City hall and some of its most remarkable attractions. Among these, the outstanding Museum of Landscape, located in Palazzo Viani- Dugnani, keeps a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs related to the culture and history of Lombardy and Piedmont. This private tour will lead you to discover these collections and, after a pleasant walk, to experience a visit to Villa Taranto botanical gardens: a unique 18 hectares park created by a Scottish traveller, featuring rare plants, trees and flowers from all over the world. Two different ways to witness the wonders of the landscapes of Lake Maggiore, which you will surely remember for long.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Book Your Italy

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Pass By: Stresa

This small town, standing on the Western coast of Lake Maggiore in the so-called Borromea Gulf, is one of the most visited touristic sites of entire Piemonte. Its territory includes three of the four Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Superiora, also named Isola dei Pescatori. The first recorded file about the town is dated 998, but even in the Roman age, the way leading from Milan to the Sempione pass ran by this site.

Stop At: Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto

The villa was built in 1870 by count Alessandro Orsetti and later enlarged by lady Rosamund Marke Wood, the new owner since 1900. Later, the villa was bought by a Scottish official, Neil McEacharn, who Transformed the exteriors in the gorgeous botanical garden we can visit today: 18 hectares, hosting rare species of plants such as waterlilies, rhododendrons, azaleas. The villa cannot be currently visited, being the seat of the Prefecture of the local municipality.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Museo del Paesaggio

Founded in 1909, it moved to its current location - Palazzo Viani Dugnani - in 1914. It features a painting collection, also including frescoes, from the 15th to the 20th century; a sculpture section focused on the works of Paolo Troubetzkoy, a local artist of Russian origins; a photography collection of 2000 plates and 7000 prints.

Duration: 2 hour
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