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“A lovely park.”
Review of Park Pallavicino

Park Pallavicino
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Private Tour: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands...
Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Stresa
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Villa Pallavicino was a private residence in 1855, when it was purchased by Ruggero Bonghi, statesman and writer. In 1862 the ownership was transferred to the noble Genoese Pallavicino family who enlarged the estate, transforming it into a nineteenth-century neoclassical style villa. In 1956 the Pallavicino family decided to transform their marvellous garden into a wildlife museum open to the public. In July 2017, the Pallavicino Park became part of the Borromeo tourist circuit. The trees are the greatest feature of this park: centuries old chestnut trees and liriodendrons, among the oldest in Italy, red beeches, maples, larches, the majestic ginko biloba, tall sequoias and fragrant magnolias. A real attraction is the imposing cedar of Lebanon, in the natural amphitheatre outside the villa.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Sad the villa is not open to the public. The gardens are beautiful, even in the rain! Fun to walk around the goats, sheep, llamas roaming freely in the zoo! Bathrooms are not easy to find....

Thank henryd795
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We visited Villa Pallavicino a family of four - 2 adults and two very young kids (11 month and 2 years 9 month).
As we have young kids, we took our twin pram and asked about the accessibility of the park for the pram. We were told it was a no issue - well, it was an issue. There is a serious climb from the lake level to the upper parts of the park. The road is not paved but mostly made of gravel. It is very hard to push the pram uphill as it is, so trying to do so over gravel was a serious effort to us.
We didn't expect it to be a serious Zoo and our expectations were fully met - aside from the petting area (which was very exciting to our older kid) there are some bird cages and a racoon cage, and that's about it. The settings are beautiful, walking through a "wild" and well treated forest, along with the green grass areas, really makes for a nice stroll.

If you come with the right expectations, you won't be disappointed. I wouldn't make a special effort to come here. As I mentioned, it is great for the younger kids who can find the petting experience fulfilling and enjoyable.

There is also a picnic area but it at the top most part of the place and we just didn't have the energy to push the pram all the way up.

3  Thank Jonniss
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Visited at end of September and, while the gardens were still okay, the rest looked like it had been a hard season. The place is easy to find, maybe a quarter mile along the (flat) road out of town from the ferry terminal. But there's a good climb from the ticket office to the gardens and zoo area. Not recommended for the elderly or anyone with mobility issues; they should provide a shuttle. The restaurant was closed and the bar had very little to eat (stale focaccia for 4 euros anyone?). There are picnic areas so that would be a better option.
I know zoos can divide opinion. The publicity said the animals appeared as part of the landscape so we expected something modern but sadly not the case. Caged birds were in small averies and the raccoons looked definitely cage stressed. Larger mammals were a bit better off. For children there's a play park and an opportunity to pet some goats.
There are far better gardens on the Borromean Islands and Villa Taranto so we'd recommend those instead.

Thank DavidandSue37
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

You can walk this from Stresa, south along the lakeshore for less than a mile. The Villa is beautiful but not open, but the gardens are most pleasant. Not top priority but worth a visit.

Thank Chris N
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the park this afternoon. It was really quiet, but I guess that can be expected off season. The park was nice and allows for a few hours walk with good views over the lake, nice trees and flowers and some animals which our 11 year old son could really liked to watch.
The restaurant was closed but the bar uphill served some small (way overpriced though) sandwiches, pies, and drinks.
I would definitely recommend this place when with kids, you and they will have an enjoyable visit..

1  Thank Frank E
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