The route starts from the lakeside of Stresa (197 m) and along paved roads it comes to fractions Someraro and Levo; From there, the trail climbs through forests of beech, birch and spruce up the prairies of Mottarone (1491m). Among the species observed were: vandellii Androsace, Campanula glomerata, Gentiana asclepiadea, G. kochiana, G. purpurea, Hipochoeris uniflora, poeticus Narcissus, Primula hirsuta, Rhododendron ferrugineum, Trollius europaeus, Veratrum album.
Lake Maggiore destination for film
In Stresa, where he arrived back from World War I, Hemingway set one of his most famous novels, “Farewell to Arms” which was made in 1957, the eponymous film with two stars of that era holliwoodiane: Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones. A film whose exterior were shot on Lake Maggiore.
- The room of the Bishop of Dino Risi
- Grand Hotel Excelsior (1982) played by the great Adriano Celentano
- Miscellaneous TV series as “Piccolo mondo antico”, “The King of fraud” and the last turn of the RAI: “ancient” with Vittoria Puccini and Stefania Rocca.
The famous tourist town of Lake Maggiore is due in large part to the stories of special travelers: Stendhal, Charles Dickens and Lord Byron passed all along its banks; Ernest Hemingway setting for here the central chapters of his famous “Farewell to Arms”, the latter stated that the dall’Alpinia gardens are one of the seven Wonders of the World.
The Botanical Garden Alpinia
The “Giardino Botanico Alpinia” is located in the hills above Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, with an incomparable view of the Gulf Borromeo.Il “Giardino Botanico Alpinia” can be reached from Stresa with splendid panoramic cableway Lido di Carciano – Alpine – Mottarone getting off at intermediate locations in the Alps, or along the road that climbs to the summit of Mottarone.
Located in a unique position, the Garden covers an area of about 40,000 square meters. with a large balcony with a view of Lake Maggiore, the Borromeo Islands and the surrounding peaks, including the main peaks of the Val Grande (M. Togano 2301 m, 2193 m Laurasca Cima, M. Pedun 2111m), Monte Zeda (2156 m), the Group Adula, the Accident (3678 m) Grigne, M. Legnone (2609 m).
The “Giardino Botanico Alpinia” was established in 1934 with a formal act at the town of Stresa, Hyginus Ambrosini and Giuseppe Rossi and until the end of the Fascist period will be called “Duxia.”
Henry Correvon, founder in 1889 of the Alpine Garden “La Linnea” in Val d’Entremont (Switzerland), at a conference held in Milan in 1934 at the Aula Magna of the high school Beccaria, said: “I saw where Duxia born, I saw many beautiful places in Europe and America, I declare that the belvedere dell’Alpino is the most beautiful in the world. they told me that I exaggerate, deny the exaggeration “.
The main specialization of Alpinia is made up of botanical species from the alpine and subalpine in the Alps.
It can also be observed species from the Caucasus such as Abies nordmanniana, Eryngium giganteum, Heracleum mantegazzianum, and China and Japan as Cotoneaster horizontalis, C. lactea, Rhodotypos kerrioides.
Some genres are well represented; between these kinds Artemisia (A. atrata, A. borealis, A. campestris, A. chamaemelifolia, A. genipi, A. umbelliformis, A. vallesiaca) Campanula (C. bononiensis, C. excisa, C. glomerata, C. spicata, C. thyrsoides) Centaurea (C. bracteata, C. cyanus, C. montana, C. phrygia, C. scabiosa, C. triumfetti) Dianthus (D. alpinus, D. carthusianorum, D. seguieri, D. sylvestris) , Geranium (G. argenteum, G. macrorrhizum, G. phaeum, G. pratense, G. sanguineum, G. sylvaticum) Silene (S. alpestris, S. dioica, S. rupestris, S. saxifraga, S. Vallesia).
On the east side of the garden is a convenient and interesting nature walk that allows you to admire the fine specimens of species of trees and shrubs including Acer pseudoplatanus, Plowing donax, Betula pubescens, Cytisus scoparius, Fagus sylvatica, Frangula alnus, Fraxinus excelsior, Juniperus communis, Laburnum anagyroides, Lythrum salicaria, Sorbus aria, S. aucuparia, and a wetland rich in Caltha palustris, Iris pseudacorus, I. sibirica, Myosotis scorpioides, Salix sp.pl., Scirpus sylvaticus, Silphium perfoliatum, Typha latifolia.