Lake Maggiore and Villa Taranto

This past week, Judith and I took off to Lake Maggiore for a few days, staying in a small place called Ranco, which is towards the southern end and on the east bank of the lake.  Undoubtedly, the highlight of our trip was a boat ride to see the Villa Taranto botanical gardens, near Verbania.

The estate upon which the gardens are now laid out, was bought by a Scottish Captain, Neil McEacharn in 1931 and he introduced thousands of plants, trees and shrubs from all around the world.  I’d highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the vicinity.  I was particularly impressed with the huge variety of colours, shapes and sizes of the Dahlias. (See pics 8 to 27 – you may think this is a lot, but there were 350 on show!)

I think this may well be the most colourful post I ever publish. 🙂