Park of the Brissago Islands
Lotus flowers, giant sequoias, bald cypresses, bananas clusters and eucalyptus trees grow in botanical garden that covers the two Islands of Brissago, the Big Island (San Pancrazio) and the Small Island (Sant'Apollinare), in Lake Maggiore.
Immersed in the waters of the Verbano, which accumulate heat during the summer and return it in the winter, the Brissago Islands are protected from the Alps and bathed in sunshine. Their climate is particularly mild, with only a few days of frost every year. It is actually a subtropical climate.
On its 2.5 hectares, the Park hosts approximately 1700 species of plants from the main areas with a Mediterranean climate (the Mediterranean basin, Chile, South Africa, south west Australia and California) and from areas with a wet subtropical climate (in particular from Asia, but also from North and South America and Oceania). The island of Sant'Apollinare is covered with spontaneous vegetation left in its natural state.
Inside the botanical garden, visitors can go through an educational itinerary about half a kilometre long that will help them learn must about the different plants and their origins. It is possible to visit a special collection of edible and medicinal plants.