Magnificent Villa Taranto Botanic Gardens. Guided Tours in Verbania with a private local Tour Guide

"If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Visit to the most famous gardens on lake Maggiore.

Half-day tours with a qualified local tour guide

Guided tours for groups and for private individuals


The Botanic Gardens of Villa Taranto represent another interesting destination. These memorable gardens spread over a promontory called "La Castagnola" in Pallanza - Verbania and were founded in the 1930s. Their magnificent setting, between the lake and the mountains, was chosen by Scotsman Captain Neil McEachern in 1931 when he purchased the estate and started to collect plants from all over the world in order to realize the dream of a lifetime and create a big English garden that bloom in all seasons.

The gardens' natural heritage is exceptional: it counts over 20 000 species and varieties of plants, including rarities.

The gardens feature a notable collection of dahlias in summer (hundreds of varieties, really impressive at the end of the season). In April visitors can admire thousands of colourful tulips with an incredible variety of shades, heights and flower shapes in the tulip maze.


The guided tours of Villa Taranto Gardens can take place in the morning or in the afternoon.

We can meet in front of the entrance to the gardens (or

I can meet you at your hotel lobby). The guided tour around this magnificent botanic park takes about a couple of hours. I will tell you about the history of the gardens and I will describe the most interesting and curious plants.


    • The Gardens will be open from mid March 2022 to 1st November 2022

    • This itinerary can be combined with:

    • At the end of the guided tour Pallanza or Intra that are close by can be visited

    • The Villa itself is not part of the guided tour as it is not open to the public