How to get the garden
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
Accessible from all the boats of the Navigazione Lago Maggiore
Monday - Friday: 8.40 - 9.55 - 12.40 - 14.40 - 15.40 - 18.40
Saturday: 8.55 - 9.55 - 11.55 - 12.55 - 13.55 - 14.55 - 15.55 - 17.55 - 18.55
Built in 1855 as a holiday house for Queen Margherita and King Umberto I by Ruggero Bonghi (a friend of Manzoni's and Rosmini's) in one of the most beautiful spots on Lake Maggiore, the villa was at a later date sold to the Duke of Villombrosa, to whom we are indebted for the first park and the introduction of plants at the time relatively unknown in E.pe such as sequoias and Liriodendron tulypifera.
The villa became the property of the Marquises Pallavicino in 1862: to them we the present layout of the park. Covering a surface of about 0,16 square kilometres, the park includes a zoological garden planned by the present proprietor's mother, open lawns and classical gardens.
There are innumerable trees including majestic sequoias, Ginkgoes, plane trees, oak-trees, magnolias, larches and fruit-trees, a superb cedar of Lebanon to be found on the downs in front of the villa, wisteria, oleanders, azaleas, rhododendrons and a large rose-garden.
At the back of the parterre we have just described there is the most enchanting area in the park: a simple grassy path covered in wild flowers, bordered by a line of cypresses curved so as to create a row of arches which give the impression of a cloister opening out onto the water, thus offering spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
The main attraction of the Park is that of 50 pecies including mammals an birds. Kangaroos, zebras, deev, lama, flamingos live freely within the park.
Villa Pallavicino joins the Borromeo tourist network with Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Rocca di Angera and Parco del Mottarone.