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Gardens of Lake Maggiore and Milan


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  • Overview


    • Discover the beautiful gardens of Lake Maggiore’s, Borromean Islands
    • See the marvellous botanical gardens of Villa Taranto
    • Visit the city of Milan, famous for the Duomo, red brick Castle and the fashion capital of Italy

    There is no better time to see the stunning gardens of Lake Maggiore than in Spring or Autumn.  From our base in the picturesque resorts of Baveno or Stresa we will journey to see some of Maggiore’s most famous gardens.  Combined with a visit to Milan with its stunning Cathedral and wonderful boulevards, it’s no wonder that this city is known as the fashion capital of Italy Read More

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    During our tour we will travel by boat across the lake to see the majestic Borromean islands, enjoying the magnificent gardens on Isola Bella whilst we’re there.  Enjoy a stroll through the marvellous gardens of Villa Taranto, housing over 20,000 plant varieties, representing more than 3,000 species and set among 7km of paths. We’ll venture to Milan, a city with an array of things to see including Leonardo di Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, the impressive gothic Cathedral, the striking red brick Castle, as well as a host of museums to discover and fantastic shops to explore!
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    Isola Bella garden terrace
    Full Day: Gardens of the Borromean Islands

    The unique Borromean Islands, located off the coast of Stresa, are a highly popular feature of the Italian Lakes. We’ll take the time to explore the wonderful Isola Bella, with its ornate royal palace and gardens, and will also enjoy included entrance into the palace itself. 

    Undoubtedly the most famous of the Borromean Islands, Count Vitaliano Borromeo began the transformation in 1662 with the construction of the palace and the ornamental gardens. 

    The palace is full of ornate rooms, which are sure to remind you of a past full of grand receptions and sumptuous feasts. The most curious part of the palace is its grottoes; the walls are adorned with a mosaic of shells and pebbles and are a welcome retreat on a hot day!

    We’ll also look forward to a visit to the island’s small fishing village, Isola Pescatori.

    Milan Cathedral
    Full Day: Milan

    Milan is known across the world as a major fashion capital, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint on this front. Cosmopolitan, modern and filled with everything expected of a metropolis such as this, Milan is an amazing place to visit.

    Aside from its fashion sense, Milan is also known for its grand Gothic cathedral, the UNESCO Santa Maria delle Grazie containing Leonardo da Vinci’s magnificent artwork - including The Last Supper, and numerous fascinating museums.

    Villa Taranta
    Half Day: Gardens of Villa Taranto

    We'll make our way to the Gardens of Villa Taranto, which are simply marvellous. The creation of Captain Neil McEacharn, who moved to Italy from Scotland in 1931, the gardens were crafted by McEacharn after he fell in love with the setting of the villa. Thank to his passion for horticulture, he chose to create one of the world’s most expansive and most intriguing botanical gardens. 

    Today, there are thousands of plants housed within the gardens, which surround the pretty Villa Taranto. Some of the many flowers that we’ll be able to find include dahlias, water lilies, lotus flowers, and many others, and the gardens are famous for their Davidia involucrate and Cornus Florida Rubra trees, which are some of the rarest examples in the world. 


    Orta San Giulio island
    Full Day: Lake Orta Tour

    Lake Orta is located just to the west of Lake Maggiore and will be one of the many optional excursions that we’ll be able to take when we’re on holiday in Baveno. This lake is incredibly attractive and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and pretty architecture. 
    While we’re visiting Lake Orta on our optional day trip, we’ll be able to enjoy a boat trip which will take us to the popular Isola San Giulio, a small island on the lake. The island features picturesque views out to the shores and is home to many pretty buildings that have been built on the island over the years.

    Lake Maggiore
    Half Day: Lake Maggiore Tour

    Discover beautiful Lake Maggiore as we venture through the lakeside towns and villages.  Our journey takes us to the picturesque town of Arona, a former Roman resort with its 13th century castle.  The town  has a number of well know churches with great historical significance alongside a giant statue of Saint Charles Borromeo, the largest bronze standing statue in the world, second only to the Statue of Liberty.  Our tour takes us to the Borromeo Castle in the town of Angera which houses one of the most important collections of dolls and toys in Europe as well as a new medieval garden.

What's included

  • Return flights and resort transfers
  • Six night’s half-board accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Three included excursions
  • Two optional excursions

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