Grandi Giardini Italiani Srl

c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo

© Courtesy Terre Borromeo


Parco Pallavicino

Stresa, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola

Giardino botanico
Botanical Treasure Hunt Grandi Giardini Italiani
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Eco friendly
Family friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
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In the Name of the Rose

Grandi Giardini Italiani Botanical Treasure Hunt

On Monday 10 April the special appointment with the wonderful world of gardens by Grandi Giardini Italiani returns.

The Grandi Giardini Italiani Botanical Treasure Hunt is the event dedicated to children to bring them closer in a playful and joyful way to the immense botanical, artistic and cultural heritage preserved in the gardens of the circuit. After the digital paranthesis of the past two editions, the Caccia al Tesoro Botanico returns with a renewed format.

In the participating gardens of the circuit, participants will receive a treasure map that will guide budding botanists and their families to discover the secrets of the chosen garden. A fantastic adventure among enigmas and riddles ranging from botanical and artistic curiosities to the coveted treasure.


In 1855 Ruggero Bonghi, a Neapolitan philologist and politician who was a friend of Manzoni and Rosmini, bought some lands in the south of the town of Stresa to build a holiday home with a garden. Thus was born the central nucleus of what is now the Pallavicino park. Then the property was sold to the Duke of Villambrosa who enlarged the building and planted groups of trees almost unknown in Italy at the time, such as Lyriodendron tulypifera and sequoias, in the park.

In June 1862 the property passed to Stefano Lodovico Pallavicino, who enriched the park with greenhouses and numerous driveways and embellished the villa inside and out with decorations and giving it its current imposing appearance. In 1878, on his death, the Villa and the Park had already assumed their current appearance.

Covering a surface of about 18 hectares, the park includes a zoological garden planned by the proprietor's mother, open lawns and classical gardens. There are innumerable trees including majestic sequoias, centuries-old chestnut trees, lyriodendrons, red beeches, maples in many varieties, larches, oaks, plane trees, magnolias and majestic sequoias. A superb cedar of Lebanon competes in grandeur with the facade of the villa.

Inside the park there is a farm with meek Tibetan goats, ''saltasassi'' sheep, sheep, llamas and deer that that live free in the grounds and look for contact with young visitors.

In July 2017, the Pallavicino Park became part of the Terre Borromeo circuit with Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Rocca di Angera and Parco del Mottarone. Since January 2021, Villa and Pallavicino Park have been the property of Prince Vitaliano Borromeo.

How to get the garden

By car
Mortorway A8 Milano - Varese, then take A26 exit Carpugnino (Stresa)

On the train
The rail station is located in Stresa at 800mt from Pallavicino Park

In boat
Accessible from all the boats of the Navigazione Lago Maggiore

Parco PallavicinoStresa, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (Piemonte)
10 Aprile 2023
Easter Monday at Stresa
Opening hours
Season 2023
From 18th March to 30th September:
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission), park closure at 6.30 p.m.
From 1st October to 29th October:
Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry), park closure at 6 p.m.
From 30th October to 5th November
Daily from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (last entry), park closure at 5.30 p.m.

The opening and closing times of the Pallavicino Park may be subject to variations due to extraordinary events.

You can buy here entrance tickets to the Park
Adults: 13.00
Children*: 9.00
Baby: 4.00
Adults group**: 11.00
Schools: 7.00

*Children: from 6 to 15 years of age. Free entrance for children under 6 years of age
**Adult groups: minimum 18 people. One free entrance every 18 paid tickets
***Schools: one free entrance per teacher every 13 paying pupils
**** Baby: from 3 to 5 years of age. In case of combined tickets the entrance is free
Contact us
Via Sempione Sud, 8
28838 Stresa (VB)

T. +39 0323 933478
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