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    The botanic garden Alpinia is located near Stresa (in the province of Verbania, Italy) at 800 m altitude and can be reached following the road that leads to the Mottarone peak (1491 m) or by cable car (Lido Alpino Mottarone). It was founded by Igino Ambrosini and Giuseppe Rossi in 1934 and it stretches on about 4 ha. of land, enjoying one of the finest viewpoints of the region. Characteristic for the garden are above all the species belonging to the alpine and subalpine zones of the Alps, although quite remarkable are also some species common to the Caucasus as well as to China and Japan.
    It is open from April until October: from 9.30 to 18.00.

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    “A beautiful garden does not need to be big, but it should be the realization of one’s dream, even though it is only a couple of square metres large and it is situated on a balcony”. So explained Captain Neil Mc Eacharn, the man who created these marvellous gardens. Many thousands of plants, brought from the far corners of the world, and rare collections, some of them unique in Europe and acclimatized after long laborious efforts, have been arranged with art in this beautiful setting, between the mountains and the lake.

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    Casa Bolongaro, an eighteenth-century mansion also known as Villa Ducale, stands on Stresa lakefront in grounds of 13,000 The interior is decorated with a number of frescoes on mythological subjects, accessed by a broad imperial staircase with pink granite steps and wrought iron handrails. Painted flower decorations and intarsia floors alternating with mosaic floors are a feature of Villa Ducale, testifying to the opulence of the period.The gardens, originally laid out in the Italian style, have seen the addition over the years of exotic plants, among them a superb Magnolia Grandiflora and an imposing Cedar of Lebanon, also called “the tree of the gods”.


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    The Park of Villa Pallavicino in Stresa is a favourite tourist attraction on Lake Maggiore, a paradise of flowers and animals to delight visitors of all ages.The Park was originally the idea of the Neapolitan statesman Ruggero Bonghi, who fell in love with Lake Maggiore and decided in 1855 to purchase the land and build a small house for himself. In 1862 the family of the Marquises of Pallavicino acquired the property and began to improve it, extending the grounds, building drives suitable for carriages, embellishing the park with statues and transforming the modest house into the opulent 19th century Neoclassical mansion which still graces the hillside. In 1952 Marchioness Luisa Pallavicino completed the family project with the addition of a zoo with animals from every corner of the globe.Now thousands of tourists visit the Villa’s extensive 16 hectare-park between March and October.

    info: Tel. 0323-31533