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Lake Maggiore

The jewels of Lake<>Maggiore,<>Piedmont.

Whether you go by car or by boat, around Lake Maggiore is always an unforgettable experience.

To discover the Piedmont side of one of the main alpine lakes, the route starts from Arona. From here it's easy to sail to visit the Lower Lake Maggiore from the water, but it's worth stopping first to visit the town.Already we begin to feel the importance of the Borromeo family left in these places, even more evident in the area of Verbania.

La Rocca Borromeo, reduced to a few ruins, recalls the strategic importance of Arona, and the Colossus of San Carlo Borromeo, a 35-meter high bronze statue, celebrating the saint to whom the birthplace of Arona.In downtown do not miss the Collegiate of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, the Church of the Most Holy Martyrs and the baroque Church of Our Lady of Loreto.

The treasures of the lake. We then move on to Stresa, with its stately homes including the neoclassical Villa Faraggiana. In the small village of Lesa's worth stopping to admire the eighteenth century parish church of San Martino, but also to soak up the atmosphere of the nineteenth century Manzoni Museum, housed in a villa where the writer lived Print.Villa Carlotta is instead the most precious jewel of the nearby Belgirate, the last stop before arriving in Stresa Parks and villas, art and cultureStresa is characterized by its elegant Art Nouveau villas, now converted into luxury hotels. In the center of the neoclassical parish church of St. Ambrose shows the best pictorial art of the Lombard school.Nearby is the Villa Ducale, where the philosopher Antonio Rosmini died, in 1855, where he established and now a study center dedicated to him.

 From the charming Park of Villa Pallavicino, Stresa gives a breathtaking view of the Borromeo Gulf, which are embedded small pearls of the Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori

 The Borromeo islands popular with a masterpiece of Baroque art, Isola Bella is almost entirely occupied by the Palazzo Borromeo, with its Italianate garden. Isola Madre is also characterized by a residence of this family, and a charming garden, while the Isola dei Pescatori is a picturesque village which takes its name from its inhabitants.>Less famous but equally surprising is Baveno, where are the quarries of pink granite and the Church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio, with its Romanesque bell tower

The garden on Lake Maggiore

The last stop on this tour in Verbania, with its many parks and gardens from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of LakeThis is the case of the Park of Villa Taranto, characterized by an immense variety of flora, such as to call it "a museum of curiosities.In the center of Verbania are to visit the Church of San Remigio, who has another wonderful park, and the Church of Madonna House, built in the sixteenth century on an earlier Romanesque building of which stores the bell.