Villa Taranto Gardens
Established in 1940 by Captain Neil McEarcharn, Villa
Tarantino's large, landscaped gardens lovingly recreate the style
of an English garden and features beautifully maintained lawns,
flower gardens - including the spectacular Dahlia Garden which
showcases over three hundred species, a water-lily pond,
waterfalls, fountains and sculptures.
Held in Piazza Capucci each Friday morning Stresa's colourful
market is the perfect place in which to buy delicious local produce
including salami, smoked meats and sausages, fresh blueberries,
raspberries and blackberries, honey, jams and cheese.
Built in 1770 by a rich tobacco merchant, Villa Ducale has a
rich history. Bequeathed to the philosopher Antonio Rosminiin 1848
the villa later became the preferred holiday residence of the
Duchess of Genova whose daughter, Margherita, became the first
Queen of Italy. Today the restored villa is notable for its
beautiful architecture and décor, its library of more than 100,000
books and its extensive Italian gardens which feature exotic plants
An enjoyable ten-minute boat ride from Stresa, the small lake
island of Isola Bella is entirely occupied by the magnificent
castle-like palace and stunning terraced gardens created by the
wealthy Borromeo family in the seventeenth century.