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Villas and gardens

A great number of Baroque villas and magnificent gardens, both Italian- and English-style, are dotted along the shores of Lake Maggiore. Stresa has the fine Villa Pallavicino, whose park is home to more than forty species of exotic animals and birds, and also Villa La Palazzola.

Verbania Pallanza is famous for the marvellous, extensive botanic gardens of Villa Taranto, founded in 1931 by Captain McEacharn, whose labours produced this amazing result. The garden has plants in flower from March to November, an enchanting sight for visitors.

Verbania also has Villa Giulia, a beautiful mansion which now hosts the Centre for Research into Current Art, as well as Villa San Remigio on the Castagnola Hill, from where there is a marvellous view over a great part of Lake Maggiore.