Today we visited the Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. They are open from March to September and are a riot of colour throughout the season.
The gardens are the creation of Captain Neil McEacharn who bought the property in 1930 and transformed it into these Botanic Gardens with plants collected from all over the world.
There are routes through the gardens with beautiful views and various statues and water fountains.
The Putti Fountain near the entrance is named after the sculptures decorating the fountain.
The Gardens are open from March to September and are a riot of colour throughout the season.
We were there in July and one of the main features is the Dahlia Maze. Dozens of specimens are laid out alongside the pathway.
Moving through the terraced gardens we come to the Water Lily pond. A chance to take more photos.
Our next stop was by the Lotus Pond where we could admire the Lotus Flower.
Continuing along the waymarked path we came to the head of the Terraced Gardens and the statue of “The Fisherman” With the snow clad mountains in the background it was a beautiful scene.
The actual Villa is not open to the public but who needs it when it is the gardens that are the showpiece.
It took us about two hours to walk round the gardens and after a coffee it was time to catch the ferry back to Stressa.