Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens

Villa Taranto

Considered one of the pearls on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Verbania Pallanza, the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto create a 7-kilometre-long path as if taking a journey through distant lands.
It boasts one of the richest European collections of exotic species, collected by its founder, Scottish captain Neil Boyd McEacharn, in the early 20th century while travelling the world in search of rare specimens.
Its beauty is expressed during the spring with spectacles of blooms and splendid colours.
The botanical heritage of the Villa Taranto gardens is vast and includes a thousand non-native plants and about 20 thousand varieties and species of particular botanical value.
While walking through the park, one can admire magnolias, eucalyptus trees, rare tropical plants and lotus flowers, alongside chestnut trees, birches, tulips, dahlias, paulonias, azaleas, daffodils, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and exceptional specimens of beech trees. Walking along the park’s avenues, one encounters terraces, lawns, fountains, waterfalls and ponds.
Villa Taranto also offers visitors a bookshop, a kiosk where the plants that are grown in these gardens can be purchased, a bar-restaurant and a picnic area.
The park is easily accessible by car.
Visit time approx. 2 hours
Tickets can be purchased online or on site.

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Lago D'Orta ZIPline

Then this is just for you:

A jump into the blue, suspended above the waters of Lake Orta. A steel cable 450 metres long, 45 seconds suspended. A jump from a height of 60 metres in Free Style, free to move through the air and perform evolutions feeling the chill of the wind and listening to your emotions.
You can fly individually or in pairs, the mode is chosen at the starting point, with no need to decide in advance.

Each person who wants to fly with the Lago d’Orta ZIPline must have their own ticket. No distinction is made between single flight or flight in pairs, you can choose the mode directly at the departure station.
€ 22.50 full price
€ 18.50 under18/over65
€ 16.00 under14
€ 18.50 groups (minimum 6 people)
Reservations can be made by calling +39 340 3621825 or by purchasing tickets online by selecting the date and time slot.
You can also give the Lago d’Orta ZIPline experience as a gift by purchasing REGALA IL VOLO tickets, open date and valid for one year from the date of purchase.

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Spa of Bognanco, Premia and Locarno


Our territory allows us to carry out numerous activities of all kinds: from simple walks along the lakeside, trekking routes, mountain trails, climbing, rafting, but also activities for the well-being of one’s body and mind.
This article is dedicated to the spas in our territory: Terme di Bognanco, Terme di Premia and Terme di Locarno.


The Terme di Bognanco enjoy a history of more than 150 years, and are the oldest and best known spas in Piedmont. They are located in a green valley rich in watercourses. The village that hosts them, Bognanco, is a small, unspoilt tourist destination surrounded by nature.
The water in these thermal baths originates from three different mineral water springs, subsequently used for numerous therapeutic purposes and bottled for sale.
The characteristics of these waters are: digestive, diuretic and depurative.
It is possible to buy an entrance ticket to the thermal baths and then add a relaxing massage or a wellness path.

Not only that, but in the vicinity of Bognanco is the Stockalper Path, an evocative hiking trail where it is possible to encounter interesting species of fauna. Not to be missed in the surrounding area are the Alpes San Bernardo with excursions to 1628 metres, Lake Ragozza and the Monscera Pass. Along the Bognanco Valley, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and architecture, including the characteristic mills of Possetto and Anzuno.



A modern thermal centre characterised by indoor pools with a connection to the outdoor part.
The various pools have therapeutic and recreational purposes. Inside the thermal centre there is a sauna area, aerosol therapy and wellness zones that recall ancient Roman traditions.
The thermal baths are an ideal place for the whole family to relax, immerse yourself in the warm water pools and let yourself be lulled by the movement of the water.
Various whirlpools, cervical and foot jets complete a relaxing day.
Possibility of purchasing an entrance ticket for 1 hour, 3 hours and a full day.



Between the mountains and Lake Ticino right on the Lido di Locarno are the natural salt baths with a spectacular view.
Mediterranean atmosphere, tranquillity, well-being and warmth are the characteristics of this spa complex.
On the shores of Lake Maggiore, indoor and outdoor areas, a Sauna World and Spa Suites offer complete well-being.


Spend a few days at the Antico Borgo B&B and relax for a few hours at the Spa: you can!
You can contact us at or at 0039 3331392751 for further information and reservations.

Refuges in the Ossola Valleys

When you stay a few days on the shores of Lake Maggiore, it is almost a must to spend a day of trekking, nature, culture and good air with a fantastic lunch at one of the many refuges in our Ossola Valleys nestled between Switzerland, Piedmont and Lombardy.

The refuges are very simple and hospitable structures, almost always reachable only on foot, where you can rest after a long walk, taste typical products, meet local people with their traditions and experience close contact with nature and its rich beauty.
The vast area where the refuges are located is very popular with hikers, who can diversify on numerous itineraries through plateaus, alpine passes, bodies of water, snow-capped peaks and mountain pastures.
The Ossola Valleys have a strong gastronomic potential, known for pork and goat hams, salami and beef bresaola.
When it comes to cheese, the cheese-making tradition is truly rich:
Bettelmatt, Ossolano d’Alpe and Ossolano or Mezzapasta.
No less important are the numerous productions of jams, honey, yoghurt and milk.

The refuges are divided into 8 zones:
Val Formazza
Antigorio Valley
Divedro Valley
Bognanco Valley
Antrona Valley
Anzasca Valley
Val Grande and Bassa Valle Ossola valleys.

Staying at Antico Borgo B&B, the starting point for reaching the refuges is Domodossola:
-from Turin or Milan by motorway or motorway A26- A4
-from Brig by car via the Simplon Pass E62
-from Locarno via the SS337 by car or by train through the Centovalli and Val Vigezzo.

Enclosed is a beautiful map that clearly depicts where the many refuges are located.

Each valley has its own beauty, history and products, and depending on the destination you have chosen, you can decide to spend a few hours either for lunch or a snack in the various refuges.
Below is the link where you can find the vast network of refuges in the Ossola and the surrounding area

Sport in the surroundings

For lovers of sport and the outdoors, Cannobio has many green areas where you can practice sport: at the Lido, at the “Parco Cartiera” and in the town centre.
In the “Lido” beach, equipped and with assistance, there are several areas where you can practice different sports: football, tennis, minigolf, beach volleyball and water sports such as kite surfing, surfing and sailing.
“Parco Cartiera” is another green space with an area for roller-skating, a bowling green, volleyball and basketball court.
A further beach, the “Darsene” is in the town centre with an adjacent playground.

Other sports such as scuba diving: for lovers of this sport we propose a suggestive and famous place such as the Orridi di S.Anna and in the immediate vicinity the Ticino with the Valle Verzasca and Valle Maggia.

Excursions and Trekking: our area offers numerous routes immersed in nature where you can spend days of total relaxation: there are many paths and walks with different degrees of difficulty, especially in the Valle Cannobina ( and Parco Val Grande (

Lago Maggiore ZIPline

In one of the most beautiful landscapes of our area you can experience incredible sensations flying at over 120 km/h.
A route of 1850m at a height of 350m from the ground, hooked to a steel cable you will experience a unique fun.

Above Verbania, in the Intrasca Valley, precisely at Alpe Segletta, there is a post that can be easily reached by car.
From here the shuttle bus will take you to the launch site.

HOW TO REACH Lake Maggiore ZIPline from Cannobio:
From Cannobio reach Verbania, take the road to Piancavallo along the provincial road n. 55 Intra-Premeno and then the provincial road n. 56 Premeno-Colle.
Once you reach the panoramic terrace of Belvedere di Piancavallo, turn left towards Alpe Segletta, after about 2 km you will find the access road to the ZIPline.

Locality Alpe Segletta – 28812 Aurano (VB)
46°00’22.8″ N – 8°36’08.6″ E

For further information and bookings please visit
Phone: +39 333 9467147

Lake Maggiore attractions

Val Formazza Cascata del Toce: The excellent symbol of Val Formazza is the Toce Waterfall with a drop of 145 m, offering a unique and unforgettable scenery set among the mountains covered with conifers, meadows, small alpine lakes and pastures.
Val Vigezzo: the route covered by the Centovalli train, which links the villages of Domodossola and Locarno, winds through forests, wild mountains and small villages. The Vigezzo Valley is known as the “Painters’ Valley”.
Botanical Gardens: We are fortunate to have in our area three botanical attractions such as: Giardini Botanici di Villa Taranto in Verbania, excellence of Lake Maggiore with a park of 16 hectares. The park offers visitors 20,000 species of plants. Depending on the season, there are different blooms: from March to October there are camellias, rhododendrons, tulips, azaleas and dahlias.
Villa Pallavicino in Stresa, another botanical attraction, covers an area of 20 hectares with flowering avenues, ancient trees and a magnificent botanical garden. The distinguishing feature of this park is the presence of animals with more than 40 species of mammals and exotic birds.
Cannero Castles: an attraction emerging from the waters of Lake Maggiore not far from the shore. The castles stand on two small islands, fortified in the Middle Ages and used by brigands to control trade with neighbouring Switzerland.
Mottarone: situated between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, Mottarone is one of the most beautiful natural balconies in Piedmont. It can be reached by car or by cable car, a 20-minute ride from Stresa. Once at the top, there is a breathtaking view of seven lakes, the Po Valley, Monte Rosa and the Alps.
Borromeo Islands: Isola Bella and Isola Madre. In the middle of Lake Maggiore emerge the Islands, transformed during the 16th century by the Borromeo family.
On Isola Bella we find the Baroque palace with large, luxurious rooms containing important works of art, flanked by a rich Italian-style garden.
Isola Madre, on the other hand, has a palace dating back to the 16th century set in a lush English garden.
Isola Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island): characterised by white houses and narrow streets, on the island we find the splendid 11th-century church of San Vittore.

bike tours


Guided tours by Mountain Bike and Bike Rent with Lago Maggiore Bike Tours. An adventure open to all immersed in Nature, History and breathtaking views! For all levels of ability. Info and bookings at or whatsapp at +393914229841
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Mountain bike Guided Tours and Bike Rental Lago Maggiore Bike Tours. An outdoor adventure between history, Nature and amazing landscape! Open to all abilities. Info and booking at or whatsapp +393914229841/+393404964810
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Nordic Walking in Cannobio

Nordic Walking, a pleasant and efficient workout known all over the world, lends itself to being practised in our area. Our area is appreciated precisely for one of these reasons: the diversity and possibility of practising different sports in close contact with nature. The Cannobina Valley is one of the most suitable places to practice this type of sport. These are among the main routes suggested:







For further details we recommend the website and the Tourist Office of Cannobio where you can get more information.

Bicycle and pedestrian path in Cannobio

An 8 km loop trail, surrounded by nature, which starts from Lido di Cannobio, runs along the Cannobino stream, passes the “Ballerino” bridge, reaches the Orrido di S. Anna, a wonderful tourist attraction, and then returns from the opposite side passing by Fonte Carlina to finish at the starting point. Along the cycle and pedestrian path there are bars, a playground and toilets.