In 1931, Neil Mc Eacharn a Scottish botanic lover took over this property and thereafter dedicated his life to transforming it into one of the most complex and great gardens of English origin. A world of rose beds, camellias, huge glass houses filled with lotus flowers, ornamental fountains with water sprays, beautiful maple trees and majestic oak trees make it really spectacular.
There are thousands of plants, imported from all over the world some of which very rare and others unique in Europe, after a lengthly acclimatization. They have been arranged by the eye on an artist to form a beautiful picture between lakes and mountains. Neil McEacharn called this garden after his ancestor , Marshal McDonald, elected Duke of Taranto by Napoleon. He donated this property to the Italian State expressing his wish to have this work continue and its gardens maintained.
Villa Pallavicino, build oround 1850 by Ruggero Bonghi just 1 km from Stresa. The property was Bonghi first from duke of Valleombrosa and then from ludovico Pallavicino and now his hereditaries preserve the villa and the park. In Villa Pallavicino park you will spend an unforgettable day. In Villa Pallavicino Park you will spend an unforgettable day in one of the most charming places of Lago Maggiore: Stresa. The Park extends over a 20-hectar area with tree-lined paths, wondeful flower-beds and a botanical garden. You will see more than 40 species of animals and exotic birds (lamas, kangaroos, zebras, flamingos ecc.) which live wild in a wide natural environment. The restaurant and self-service “Le Scuderie”, the “Chalet” bar and many pic-nic areas will be at your disposal. Children can enjoy themselfs in an amusing and equipped playground.