Via Vittorio Veneto 111
28922 Verbania-Pallanza (VB)
Biglietteria tel. +39 0323 404555
Ufficio Amm. +39 0323 556667
Fax: +39 0323 556667
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From 15th March to 4th November, every day (including holidays)
March: 8.30am - 5.30pm
April-September: 8.30am - 6.30pm
1-14 October: 9am - 5pm
15 October-4 November: 9am - 4.30pm
Adults: € 10,00
Kids (6-14 years): € 5,50
Groups from 21 to 100 people: € 7,50
Groups over 100 people: € 6,00
School groups: € 4,50
How to reach
From the northern center of Italy we recommend to take the highway A26 VOLTRI–GRAVELLONA TOCE with the exit BAVENO/STRESA, then following the STRADA STATALE N. 33 SEMPIONE in direction of VERBANIA for about 11 km.
Line Milan – Domodossola. The railway station of Verbania is in a 9 km distance and it is situated in the district of Fondotoce; a bus service brings you in town respectively to Pallanza.
The shipping company “Navigazione Lago Maggiore” has a landing stage called “Villa Taranto” right in front of the Gardens entrance.
From Milan Malpensa Airport, the Alibus service offers bus connections.
Located on the Piedmont's shore of Lake Maggiore between Intra and Pallanza, the garden has beene created starting from 1932 in the estate that captain Neil McEacharn had purchased from the marquise of Sant'Elia with the ambition of creating a botanical complex of international standing.
Born in the south of Scotland in 1884, McEacharn came from a wealthy aristocratic Scottish family, thing that allowed him to devote himself full time to the great passions of his life: botany, gardening and travelling. He was therefore, one of the few impassioned gentlemen who succeeded in touring the world repeatedly (it seems 7 times, the first of which when he was only 16) always searching for new plants to acclimatize in his gardens.
The Captain managed to reconcile aesthetic and the botanical demands in the best way, secceeding in creating a garden with plants of great botanical value, as he had previously done in his castle in Scotland. With an assiduous and patient job he succeeded in transforming the 16 hectares of the estate in an real heaven rich of suggestive sceneries in which flower-beds, little ponds, parterres, woods, fountains, lawns alternate and where one can find plants of the whole world, which form collections of great scientific value that now count over 8.500 units between species and variety.
McEacharn lived in Villa Taranto until his death in April of 1964, but already in 1938 he had given this jewel to the Italian State, reserving himself the usufruct, while in 1952 decided to open it to the public to share his experience.
H. Cocker was one of the most famous landscape artists of the twentieth century. In Italy he designed in the thirties, together with the Scottish Captain Neil McEacharn, the vast landscaped park of Villa Taranto in Pallanza (Lago Maggiore). He is remembered for a number of other interventions, including the yard of the Municipality of Fossalta di Piave and some areas of the Park Sigurtà of Valeggio, in which he transfused the distinctly British flavor to a colorful landscaping with perennials and bulbs. H. Cocker left many articles and books.
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