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Botanical gardens of Villa Taranto

From March 15 - To November 3 2024

Starting from Stresa Square Marconi Imbarcadero” (or from other places you have chosen), our company “Borromean Islands Navigation” can accompany you to Villa Taranto, where there are the Botanical Gardens, now famous all over the world. 

The gardens can be accessed from the landing stage (Villa Taranto stop). Here, the ticket office, the bookshop, the kiosk for the sale of plants grown in the gardens and the Bar-Restaurant are arranged around a free car park.

Founder of the botanical gardens in Villa Taranto and key figure in its history is the Scottish captain Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn, a British soldier, a great lover and expert of botany and in love with Italy, a country he visited for the first time in his youth. The gardens are divided into various areas such as greenhouses, terraced gardens, flower beds, herbals. The gardens can be visited for a fee. The floral species arrive from various parts of the world. Among the rare species there are: large water lilies, conifers, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, antarctic Dicksonia ferns, Emmenopterys henryi of the Rubiaceae family and the Acer palmatum cap. Mc Eacharn.

These are some of the events you can see when visiting the Botanical Gardens in Villa Taranto.



from 17 March 2024

Every first sunday of the month from April to October, the residents in Verbania have the possibility of visiting the gardens for free.

from 6 to 20 of A
pril 2024

Every year usually from 6th to 21st of April, takes place the traditional “BULBOUS PLANT WEEKS” in the Botanic Gardens of Villa Taranto. Captain Neil McEacharn in 1957 initiated this event, for the first time.

from the middle of April to the middle of May 2024

The late spring offers a beautiful bloom of azaleas and rhododendrons. The numerous spots of colour without borders will accompany you during the visit.
Do not miss to visit the Rhododendron wood, a floral universe in the shade of towering old trees.


from June to August 2024

et yourself be enchanted by the different species of water lilies you will find in the ponds along the gardens and by the grand pond full of lotus flowers, Nelumbo nucifera, where petals are gleaming in rosy colour shades.

from 16 of June until end of October 2024

It is the queen of water plants and it is native to the areas of the big river basins of South America (Amazon, Paranà). Starting from 1956 it has found its natural habitat inside the hothouse of the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto, where during the periods of greater vegetative activity, (June and July), the leaves can reach a diameter of almost two meter.

from the last decade of July until late October 2024

The “Dahlia Maze” charms and enchants its visitors with the view of over 1.700 plants in flower, subdivided in over 350 varieties, which create a play of colours, dimensions and forms, which is not comparable with any other floral essence.



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October and November 2024

The Garden has a special charm during this period. The Fall foliage creates a suggestive show dyeing the garden of hundreds of shades of yellow and brown, red and orange but also plum and violet.

Adults€ 13,00
Children (da 6 a 14 years)€ 7,00
Groups from 21 to 100 personseach€ 10,00
Groups over 100 personseach€ 8,00
School groupseach€ 5,50
Season passeach€ 70,00
3 months passeach€ 35,00

Children from 0 to 5 years old are free
The leader of the group is free
1 teacher every 20 students is free
Handicapped  persons (100%) and their assistant are free

March: 9:00 - 17:00 (last entry) Closing at 6 p.m
April - September: 9:00 - 18:00 (last entry) Closing at 7 p.m
1st October till 20th October: 9:00 - 17:00 (last entry) Closing at 6 p.m
21st October till 27th October: 9:00 - 16:00 (last entry) Closing at 5 p.m
28th October till 3rd November: 9:00 - 15:30 (last entry) Closing at 4.30 p.m

Two itineraries: the shortest is about 1,850 km long and the longest is 2,950 km long. Visiting time vary from 1h 15’ to 2 h.

Free parking for cars and buses. Boat dock and Bus stop at 100 mt from the garden.

More informations for events, prices and regulation:
We remind you that the flowerings inside the park are subject to weather conditions.

Entrata Villa Taranto
Giardino di Villa Taranto
Fontana Villa Taranto
La Rocca di Angera da Arona
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