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Garden and Parks in the lake district

Between Verbania & Como
     
A journey for discovering extraordinary landscapes that keep on enchtanting the travellers
Five days to discover what above all characterizes the Lake District in the northwest of Italy: delight villas and noble buildings surrounded by blooming gardens and luxuriant parks which are set in the landscape around Lake Maggiore, Como and Varese Lakes. A tour characterized by the noble and bourgeois architecture from 1600 to 1800 and by the most refined art and botanical collections.

After the first day of visit to Villa Pallavicino, the following day will be dedicated to the Borromean Gulf. From the marvelous Isola Bella, characterized by a beautiful Baroque palace which is surrounded by the majestic scenery of gardens arranged in terraces, you will reach by boat Isola Madre, famous for its botanical gardens, where animals live in freedom. The third day you will visit the garden-city of Varese and some palaces and villas that made it famous between 1700 and 1900 and the following day you will admire the Lake of Como, Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello, favorite destinations of tourism on Lario. To enrich the tour, time at your leisure to visit the town of Como and lunches in restaurants where you can taste the local cuisine.

Territory Information
Distretto Turistico dei Laghi Scrl
Via dell'Industria, 25
28924 Verbania Fondotoce (VB)
Tel. +39 0323 30416
Fax +39 0323 934335
e-mail: infoturismo@distrettolaghi.it
www.distrettolaghi.it
DURATION:
4 Days
PLACE:
Lake district
ADVISED PERIOD:
Summer
TYPE:
Nature and outdoor activities
Art culture and religion
SUITABLE FOR:
For families
For single
For couples
over 65
DISPLACEMENT:
By car
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DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
Visit to the Gardens of Villa Pallavicini
A park of 20 hectares rich in botanical species and exotic animals, which live in an ideal habitat in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

Useful Information:
The park can be visited against payment of a ticket. It is equipped with a restaurant, a bar, a souvenir shop, a playground and several picnic areas.
Open from March to October, the park of Villa Pallavicini is simply the perfect place for an open air day with the whole family!

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by private car or minivan, for groups of 8 people, or by private bus for groups with 9 or more people
 
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Visit to Isola Bella
The "pearl" of Verbano is this island where, in XVII century, Count Vitaliano Borromeo decided to build a magnificent Baroque palace and a majestic garden with 10 terraces.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by private car or minivan, for groups of 8 people, or by private bus for groups with 9 or more people
 
Lunch
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Visit to Isola Madre
The largest of the Borromean Islands, it offers a magical atmosphere thanks to its beautiful garden of rare plants and where pheasants, parrots and, above all, elegant peacocks live undisturbed.

Estimated time of visiting: 1hr and 30min
Transfer: by private car or minivan, for groups of 8 people, or by private bus for groups with 9 or more people
 
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Visit to Villa Carlotta
A villa built in the breathtaking scenery of Como Lake where human genius was able to combine the beauty of nature with great masterpieces by artists such as Canova and Hayez.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by private car or minivan, for groups 8 people, or by private bus for groups with 9 or more people
 
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Visit to Villa del Balbianello
In late XVIII century a Franciscan monastery was transformed into a secluded and romantic villa that seems to come out of the lake.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by private car or minivan, for groups 8 people, or by private bus for groups with 9 or more people
 
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Visit to the historical center of Como
The tour will discover the beauty of a city that, over the centuries, developed along one of the most beautiful bays in the world and we will focus on the important testimony of a prosperous past, especially on the monuments of the Romanesque period.

Estimated time of visiting: 3hr
Transfer: by private car or minivan, for groups 8 people, or by private bus for groups with 9 or more people
 
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