The garden is situated on the shore of Lago Maggiore, between Intra and Pallanza. Back in 1931 the Scottish Captain decided to buy an estate from the Marquise of Sant’Elia to transform it into a specimen of English Garden, situated in a strip of Italy which could remind him of his native Scotland. This work had to meet two basic requirements: the aesthetical and the botanical one. He bought other lands and in the property he created woods, small valleys of shrubs, flower beds, small lakes and green houses. The botanical patrimony of the gardens of Villa Taranto contains almost 8.500 genera and varieties of particular botanical importance.
Basilica San Vittore
The current building of the church is relatively recent. Its construction started at the beginning of the 17th century, when a new collegiate church was built, and it finished with the laying of a new dome, which is now covered with copper plumbing. Inside the church you can find a majestic pipe organ of the end of the 18th century. The church is near our apartment complex.
Cascata del Toce
The waterfall, with its drop of 143 m, is the highest waterfall of Europe. The waterfall was visited and loved by many famous visitors, such as Wagner, D’Annunzio, Queen Margherita, King Vittorio Emanuele III and Carducci. They all described the waterfall very enthusiastically and defined it as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Alps. The path that runs along it is a part of the road which had linked Milan and Bern for ages. On the top of the waterfall there is a balcony, from which you can admire the drop. The waterfall is completely visible in summer months as its waters are used for hydroelectric purposes.
It is a pleasant small village on the shore of Lago Maggiore, also known as “The pearl of Lago Maggiore”. We advise you to visit it and to enjoy a beautiful sunny day and water sports.
The Borromean Islands are accessible with public ferry-boats or private motorboats.
In spring and summer the lake has a unique atmosphere. There are 4 places you cannot miss: the Borromean Islands, Arona, Stresa and Pallanza. Every small village has an extraordinary story and can be considered a paradise on earth.
Da vedere nelle vicinanze
Golf a Pian di Sole
The town of Premeno manages the golf field of Pian di Sole, giving you the opportunity to play golf surrounded by the rolling hills of Lago Maggiore and with prices suitable for all.
An emotional experience that runs on a cable in a beautiful corner of the world. Immersed in the green scenery of the Terre Alte (High Lands), looking onto Lake Maggiore, choose your preferred style and fly in total safety at over 120km/h (75 mph), feeling the thrill of the wind and discover new emotions. A steel cable long 1.850 m (2.020 yards), a drop of 350 m (380 yards), 90 seconds of pure excitement that gives you the sensation of the nose diving flight of the falcon or of a swallow dancing in the sky. A unique experience to try again and to share with others.
Skiing in Verbania
Mottarone,Macugnaga,Val Vigezzo,Pian di sole,Domobianca,Alpe Devero
Val d’Ossola is situated north of Lago Maggiore, near Switzerland, and it is a picturesque and diverse area, rich in valleys, uplands, lakes, peaks and glaciers. This valley can satisfy enthusiastic hikers, as well as keen on heights mountaineers. Its principal river is the Toce and it is composed of seven valleys: Anzasca, Antrona, Bognanco, Dividero, Antigorio-Formazza, Isorno and Vigezzo. There is also Val Grande. The environment is completely uncontaminated and part of the area was used for the creation of natural parks, such as the “Parco natural dell’Alpe Veglia e Devero” and the “Val Grande National Park”, which is Italy’s largest wilderness area.