Sunday, April 27, 2014
6:30 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
I can FINALLY cross this off my must-see list. On the national Italian holiday, Liberation Day, April 25, we visited Villa Taranto to see the tulips in bloom during Tulip Week, la Settimana del Tulipano.
We caught this spectacle at the end of its run (this year Tulip Week was the two weeks from April 13 to 27), when the azaleas and some types of rhododendrons were also in full bloom. But the stars, of course, are the 80,000 tulip bulbs. They are scattered in beds throughout the gardens, but the highlight is the Tulip Maze, which alone exhibits 65 different varieties of tulips. After the tulips have bloomed, this same maze becomes the location for the six-foot-tall dahlias that take the spotlight in the autumn.
All the tulips were labeled with their names, but unfortunately I didn't have time to make note of them. We were there late in the afternoon, toward closing time, and as I was with two men I was also concerned for their tulip tolerance, which, it turns out, was fairly high. I also wanted to leave us enough time for a beer in the tranquil beer garden near the entrance, before the garden closed at 6:30 and we headed to nearby Suna for aperitivo and dinner.
( Continued ... )
Even during Tulip Week, no visit to Taranto is complete without a walk up to the Terraced Gardens, where the large blocks of annual flower beds change color throughout the season. This is how they looked during this visit:
Walking down the winding road from the Terraced Gardens, there is at one turn a dramatic view of Intra, Verbania. As mentioned at the bottom of this article, it is easy to reach Intra on foot from Taranto, and could be a part of your plan.
Villa Taranto English website
Want to see a bit of what Taranto looks like at other times of the summer? Here are other times I've visited and posted about it:
In early July: Villa Taranto is as Perfect as Ever
In late September: Villa Taranto
And just because no collection of photos from Villa Taranto is ever complete without a shot of the adorable little fisherman statue....
Idea: As you know, Villa Taranto is easy to reach by ferry from Stresa -- it drops you directly in front of the gates. From (or to) Taranto however, you do have some other options you may want to consider. Leaving the big Taranto gates, if you turn left you can easily walk into the Intra part of Verbania in about 10 to 15 minutes. Leaving Taranto and walking to the right puts you on a lovely scenic road, half closed to traffic, so one lane is only for pedestrians. In about 20 minutes you'll arrive in the Pallanza part of Verbania, with its charming waterfront. From both of these locations you can also take the ferry to and from Stresa. As Villa Taranto needs about one to two hours to cover, you may want to combine your trip with one of these walks and a meal in one of those towns. That makes for a lovely day.
- Where can I buy foreign newspapers in Stresa?
- Where can I eat breakfast in Stresa?
- Where are the public restrooms in Stresa?
- Is there a laundromat in Stresa?
- Can I rent a wheelchair in Stresa?
- Should I buy train tickets in advance?
- Are there any day tours to Switzerland from Stresa?
- How can I arrange a civil wedding in Stresa?
- How bad are the summer bugs in Stresa?
- Do I Need A Car In Stresa?
- Is there an Internet cafe in Stresa?
- Is there a supermarket in Stresa?
- Is it too isolated staying at an Isola dei Pescatori hotel?
- Will we need a car if we are staying at Isolino Camping Village?
- Are there any ethnic restaurants in Stresa?
IMPORTANT POSTS AND LINKS
- Important Train Information
- Alibus Shuttle From Malpensa to Stresa
- Driving Directions From Malpensa - With Photos
- If You Have Only One Day in Stresa
- Top Ten Things to See in Stresa
- Parking a Car in Stresa
- Train Service from Malpensa to Stresa and Milano
- Linate Airport to Stresa Directions
- Milan Tram System Map and Transport
- Bus Schedule
- Stresa Boat Imbarcadero
- Stresa to Mottarone Cableway
- Boat Schedule - English
- PosteItaliane - Postal service
- Trenitalia Site and Schedule -- English
- Winter Trip to Stresa? Start Planning Here
If you don't already receive Italian Notebook, sign up immediately to receive this wonderful daily dose of Italy.
- art and culture
- day trips
- for kids
- Guest writer Tony
- just for fun
- learning italian
- letters from readers
- letters from the editor
- news and information
- outdoor activities
- photo gallery
- places to go
- places to go and day trips
- places to stay
- rainy day activities
- things to do