A beautiful garden by Lake Maggiore
Villa Taranto is one of the jewels to be discovered in Verbania, by Lake Maggiore. It is known for its beautiful garden, created by Scottish Captain Neil McEacharn, who bought the villa in 1931 and planted a wide variety of plants and flowers from around the world, from lavish tropical plants to English wildflowers. He loved this place, nestled between the lake and mountains, so much that he chose to be buried there, in the Mausoleum with polychrome stained-glass windows.
Don’t miss the Herbarium Britannicum, the splendid conifer-lined driveway leading to the 19th-century villa, the Putti Fountain, embraced by the enormous leaves of the Colocasia antiquorum, the Dahlie Maze, the Serra Victoria greenhouse, with its gigantic tropical water lily, and the Vertical Garden.
You can stroll through the small Valletta (“little valley”), crossed by a bridge, admire the floral cascades of Cotoneaster horizontalis and Davidia involucrata, admire the Terraced Gardens, featuring small waterfalls and water features, and relax at the Petalo Pavillion, with views of the Pennine Alps and the gardens.
Walking through the avenues of Villa Taranto’s 16-hectare park is an unforgettable experience, especially in spring, when the flowering is at its peak.