Fascinating Villa Pallavicino is located on the outskirts of Stresa, barely one km away from its center. It dates back to the 19th century when it was built for the politician Ruggero Borghi and then passed into the ownership of the Duke of Villombrosa before finally being purchased by Marquis Ludovico Pallavicino of Genova.
Marquis Pallavicino extended the grounds and gave the villa the look it still has today. The zoological park was opened to the public in 1954 and both the villa and park are still owned by the Pallavicino family.
As you enter the park you will pass a splendid series of archways created with cypress trees, as well as wonderful magnolia trees. In the natural amphitheater which surrounds the villa, there is a magnificent Lebanon Cedar and all around the lawns are Rhododendrons, camellias, and azaleas. In the old greenhouses, the gardeners cultivate numerous exotic species of plants.
The zoological park is situated in the gardens and as well as zebras, llamas, wallabies, prairie dogs, parrots, toucans and much more you can stand just a few steps from beautiful deer.