The park covers an area of about 18 hectares (approx. 44 acres), with alternating flowering avenues, meadows, large old trees and a charming summer garden.
Villa Pallavicino was a private residence in 1855, when it was purchased by Ruggero Bonghi, statesman and writer. In 1862 the ownership was transferred to the noble Genoese Pallavicino family who enlarged the estate, transforming it into a nineteenth-century neoclassical style villa. In 1956 the Pallavicino family decided to transform their marvellous garden into a wildlife museum open to the public.
In July 2017, the Pallavicino Park became part of the Borromeo tourist circuit.