Fri, 29/03/2013
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Easter first of all in the territory “Distretto Turistico dei Laghi, Monti e Valli”!

ph_Marco Benedetto Cerini

Nature, culture, faith and interesting attraction openings to spend your Easter feasts in our territory between lakes and mountain!

After the violent cloudburst last August Villa Taranto in Verbania Pallanza opened on March 16 2013 (till November 3, everyday from 8.30 to 18.30). The 16 hectare wide gardens exhibit botanical plants, bulbous plants and different flowers. Camellias, rhododendrons, tulips, azaleas, water lilies and victoriae amazonicae will make each visit a unique experience.

In spring the gardens in Borromeo’s dominions on Lake Maggiore, Isola Madre and Isola Bella explode with the colours of thousands of flowers the Borromeo’s gardeners planted last year to bring the Renaissance park of Isola Bella and the romantic one of Isola Madre to life in an endless array of different shades. With more than 2.000 paintings art on both islands also waits for you! The famous “Quadreria Borromeo” or General Berthier's art gallery, housed in the Princes’ Villa on Isola Bella, presents 130 Lombard Baroque styled paintings, excellent copies of Raffaello, Correggio, Tiziano, Guido Reni’s works of art, a special exhibition of Bergognone, Boltraffio and Giampietrino's and others based on floral theme; baroque decorations in the Throne Room and the Queens' Room. The Palace of Isola Bella is open to the public everyday until October 20 (9-17.30) and exceptionally from October 21 to November 3 (reduced opening time).

The park of Villa Pallavicino in Stresa, created English style in the 19th century and bought in 1862 by the Marquis Pallavicino, is open everyday till October 31 (9-18). It extends over a 20 hectare area with tree-lined paths (7 km total length), wonderful flower-beds and a botanical garden. Animals are the principal attraction there: you will see more than 40 species of mammalians and exotic birds (lamas, kangaroos, zebras, flamingos, etc.) which live wild in a totally natural environment.

The Alpinia Botanical Garden, 300 meter nearby the first station of the cable car Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone, will reopen everyday from April 25 to October (9.30-18). This 40.000 Sm large, huge garden holds an important rule, that is preserving the mountain flora. Moreover, the view from its natural terrace (760-810 M a.s.l.) is really enchanting and gives visitors the possibility to admire Lake Maggiore with the Borromeo Gulf and the high mountain chain, going over the skyline.

The park of the Rocca Borromeo is the ideal place to have a relaxing walk, nearby the historical centre of Arona. Opening: from March 15 to April 30 from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.00-19.00 (on Fridays and Saturdays 10.00-21.00); from May 1 to October 15 from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.00-20.00 (on Fridays and Saturdays 10.00-22.00).
The Statue of St. Carlo Borromeo is the second world highest statue (31,88 M) after Lady Liberty in New York. The colossus on the Sacred Mount of Arona, meant to hand down to posterity the figure of the Saint born in Arona in 1538 and Archbishop in Milan, had to be visible from the lake as well. It can be visited on the inside and from the pedestal one can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view. Children under 8 not admitted. Opening: everyday from March 31 on (summer timetable). Info: Tel. +39 0322 249669

The Ancient Marble Quarry in Ornavasso is a quite unique example of 200 Meter long quarry excavated in the heart of the mountain, whose marble was employed for the Cathedral in Milan as well as other relevant Italian monuments. Opening: on April 1 from 10.30 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 18.00 (entry ticket with audio guide € 6,00).
The same day let's walk along the historical and fortified Cadorna Line (at 10.30 and 14.30) or participate to the carriage trip along the marble route (at 10.30, 12.30, 15.00 and 17.00).

Visit also the Special Nature Reserves and UNESCO World Heritages of Sacri Monti in Orta S. Giulio, Ghiffa and Domodossola or the Landscape Museum in Verbania Pallanza (Opening: 10.00/12.00 – 15.30/18.30)!

We are waiting for you in “Distretto Turistico dei Laghi, Monti e Valli”… to live Easter all the way!