PRIVATE TOUR – Lake Maggiore and Verbania: from Villa Taranto to the Landscape Museum

A full-day activity aimed to discover the cute village of Verbania-Pallanza and its jewels: the so-called Museo del Paesaggio (the Landscape Museum) and Villa Taranto, considered
one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. You will have the chance to discover the cute lakeside village and to relax during the transfer back to Stresa or Baveno by ferry-boat

Meeting with a private licensed tour guide either at Stresa or at Baveno. Transfer to Verbania Pallanza by private car/minivan. Guided visit to the Museo del Paesaggio, at Verbania Pallanza, which keeps a rich collection of paintings, above all made between the second half XIX and early XX centuries. They are illustrative of art tendencies such as Romanticism, Realism, Pointillism, Symbolism, Scapigliatura (late 19th Century Milanese cultural movement) and they often portray the lake and the montainous landscape of Verbano as well as of the surrounding area. The Troubetzkoy collection of plaster casts, is outstanding in the sculpture section. Then time at your disposal for a nice walk along the lake promenade and individual lunch. In the afternoon a pleasant walk to get to Villa Taranto (1.5 km about). Guided visit to its botanical gardens, which extend as far as 18 ectars about on the promontory of Castagnola. They were planned by the Scottish captain Neil McEachman between 1931 and 1940 and they are rich in exotic plants and rare species. The gardens are famous for their big rhododendrons but there is also an interesting vegetation all over the year. Back to Stresa by public ferry.

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