Verbania is a fairly young province located in the northern part of Piedmont, on the edge of Lake Maggiore. Created in 1939, it consists of the area near the lake that rises up to the first gentle slopes of the Alpine range. Tourists come to this little Piedmontese province for the nature excursions in the surrounding areas, to follow the cultural and artistic trails, and to enjoy the mild climate and stunning scenery. Its historical centre, which boasts Renaissance-style buildings and Romanesque churches, is also home to a jewel of architecture and nature: the Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens. The building dates back to 1831, but what is most impressive about the property is its extremely well kept gardens. They were commissioned by Neil Boyd McEacharn, a Scottish captain who stayed in the area, and are the result of detailed research carried out all over the world. The complex, which the captain left to the state, is open to visitors. If you decide to visit, be sure to take a walk along its 4.5 mi of paths to see some of its exotic and very rare species, including the dahlias and the water lilies that grow in the greenhouse and are among the largest in the world.