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Il Lago Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the second largest Italian lake after Lake Garda.

This lake known since the time of Pliny and Strabo, which is crowned by Lacus Verbanus places among the most beautiful and unique of all.
In the area of ​​Sixth and Castelletto Ticino Calende the landscape is flat, while towards Arona and Angera is moved by rolling hills, followed by a 'ripple and succession of mountains and hills as you head north. The waters of Lake Maggiore bathe the Lombard shore of the province of Varese, the Swiss Canton of Ticino and the western shore of the provinces of Novara and Province of Verbano-Blue Cusio Ossola (Verbania) to the north.

The Piedmont shore extending from Arona Cannobio is without doubt the most 'magical' and always has enjoyed increased attention from the most ancient peoples, then by the Sforza, the Visconti, from the Austrian Empire, the state with Charles Sardo Emanuele III of Savoy, by the Borromeo family, and by Eugene Napoleon viceroy of Italy. In terms of tourism - the administrative, the western shore of Lake Maggiore is one that includes the most important centers.
This is surely the most striking and rich bank of independent villas, old houses, historic houses, gardens and the lake reminiscent of the 'Belle Epoque', the most areas for their holidays, places stayed Manzoni and famous poets such as Goethe, Stendhal , Dumas, Flaubert, etc..
Architectural wonders, historic houses, Romanesque churches, medieval villages, magnificent villas with lake view, unique buildings, botanical gardens, spectacular hotels in Verbania and Stresa, all well situated between the lake and green hills, make this area a of the most beautiful in the world.

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An area rich in lakes such as Lake Orta, Lake Mergozzo, Lake Varese, Lake Monate all surrounded by green mountains, valleys and charming villages, with villages and towns rich in history that deserve to be visited with their historic villas and old houses, historic houses.

We skirt the shores of Lake Maggiore, starting from the right bank of the river Ticino, ie from the south from Milan. We find Castelletto Ticino with its location on the lake such as beaches and the Village of Cicognola Verbanella. And near the Natural Park of the Lagoni Mercurago, famous for its reserve of botanical specimens and animals threatened with extinction, as well as being an area rich in archaeological finds. The town of Arona is considered the gateway of Lake Maggiore. Its history is linked to that of the Visconti and Sforza, but above that of the Borromeo family, which became a fiefdom in 1439. From this family was born, still in Arona, who not only brought prestige to the city but to the whole Church and the Diocese of Milan San Carlo Borromeo, the fourth of seven children of Gilbert and Margaret II De 'Medici. In 1698 was inaugurated the statue of San Carlo said 'Sancarlone' 35 meters high. Here the place is the most famous Piazza del Popolo, the Broletto, The Palace of Justice, the Church of Our Lady of Santa Marta or square, and the house that gave birth to Peter Martyr d'Anghiera statesman during the reign of Spain Ferdinand and Isabella.

Then we find the town of Stresa, the resort with its beautiful Villa Faraggiana. The citadel of Solcio, with its plain which forms the green lung of Lesa, is a place famous for its camping sites, shipyards and for its historical villas immersed in a 'unique vegetation. Villa Cavallini here which now houses a vocational school of agriculture. The villa is surrounded by a large park within which there are several monuments dedicated to purebred dogs that were owned by the Cavallini family. The origins of the urban center date back to before the year one thousand Solcio. In the village, Villa Stampa, has visited the room Manzoni, where in the middle of last century Alessandro Manzoni lived, after he married his second wife Teresa Borri.

The town boasts a respectful Belgirate past beginning with the family Cairoli, which was so important in the Italian Risorgimento, and having resided there for a long time the poet Guido Gozzano Turin that, right here, wrote the famous text of the 'Friend of Grandma Hope '.
The countries that Calogna Comnago and other places make up the municipality of Lesa, are fractions that are part of Vergante the territory along the southern shore of Lake Maggiore and that, starting from Invorio, extends far beyond Baveno. Stresa, known as the 'Pearl of Lake Maggiore', owes its fame to the extraordinary development of tourism around the end of the nineteenth century and after the war, and the islands that are located directly opposite the town, the 'Isola Bella and the 'Fishers Island or Top. Here we also find the park of Villa Pallavicino, which houses a botanical garden and exotic animals, and the great hotels in Stresa which made famous the world: 'Queen Palace Hotel' and 'Grand Hotel et des Iles Borromèes', which have about 100 years and were the scene of important historical events worldwide.

L 'Isola Bella is undoubtedly the most famous for its palace and its gardens lush with exotic flora Borromeo. The Palazzo Borromeo was built in 1600 by Vitaliano Borromeo and its gardens filled with azaleas is a succession of statues, obelisks and fantastic animals including a unicorn, a symbol of Borromeo, who watches from the gardens. The Fishers Island or Better, a strip of land dominated by the distinctive tower of the parish church of San Vittore (tenth century), is a quaint fishing village known for its traditional restaurants.

L 'Isola Madre is the largest of four that make up the archipelago of the Borromeo Islands, and is home to a botanical garden with exotic wildlife and a refined essences. Here's also a villa built four centuries ago by Lancelot and Renato Borromeo. The 'island is almost completely covered with vegetation flanked by azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias, which together represent the typical flowers of Lake Maggiore.

Above are the Mottarone Stresa, with its 1491 meters of altitude reached by car or by cable car, is considered the mountain of the Milanese. On top of Mottarone there are ski slopes and from here you can enjoy a unique show, a great view of Lake Maggiore, Lake Mergozzo, Lake Orta, and lakes of Varese, the chains of the Alps, the entire Chain of Monte Rosa, the Rocca d 'Angera, and the river Ticino. And on sunny days there is even an overview on the plains of Lombardy with opportunities to glimpse the Madonna del Duomo in Milan.
In Baveno are one of the most ancient monuments around the Verbano, his parish church dedicated to Saints Gervase and Protaso, beside a octagonal baptistery of the Fifth Century. Baveno is extracted again the famous pink granite. The resort hosted Umberto Giordano who wrote 'The Fedora', and other distinguished guests were the musician Wagner and writers Byron and Lamartine.
Feriolo, with its ancient origins, has numerous campsites and the park's natural Fondotoce estuary of the River Toce. Before you start to drive along the north shore of Lake Maggiore are Mergozzo Piedmont, with its lake, Lake Maggiore joined by a few hundred meters long channel. The town is rich in Mergozzo cobbled streets that radiate from the lake, where we find the old elm tree 'Olmo of the Risorgimento', planted in 1562 and on the trunk of which were posted edicts. Here we find the parish church of the Assumption and Santa Marta, with its Roman nave. Returning to the shore along the northern Gulf Borromeo find Suna, a charming hamlet of Verbania.

Pallanza is famous because here we stayed Arturo Toscanini. And just a few meters from the shore the 'island St. John. Villa Castagnola is located on the hill of San Remigio, which often hosts cultural and political meetings.
Villa Taranto, representative office of the Italian Government, is a neoclassical building dating from the late nineteenth century.

Villa Taranto is known for its botanical garden where you can find many rare and exotic species. Destination for tourists and famous in the world, this complex was donated to Italy in the thirties by the Scottish Captain Neil Mc Eachern. Intra between the river and the river San Bernardino San Giovanni, is the capital of the Province of VCO Riviera, with its church of San Vittore. Here a ferry service to the State Railway connects with Laveno on the Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore. To the north hills rich in tourist towns and residential areas, golf courses and the National Park of Val Grande.

Ghiffa, the first town you come to the north of Verbania. Oggebio, beautiful and picturesque site visited by tourists, is home to the Residence of the Pasha surrounded by a park with swimming pools and tennis courts. A Cannero Riviera, situated in a bay that protects it from the winds, we find two islands on which stand the Malpaga castles dating from the fifteenth century, then the refuge of robbers who Mazzarditi spadroneggiarono Lake Maggiore setting fire to the riparian countries, and that were defeated by the commander Giovanni Lonati sent by the Duke of Milan, Filippo Maria Visconti. In 1441 the islands became the property of the Borromeo islands today with their fortifications Vitaliana waiting to be processed at home surrounded by beautiful gardens as the island. Cannero above the mountain wilderness with the localities of Trarego Viggiona and Carmine Superiore and its magnificent fourteenth-century church of San Gottardo, built on the rock, and the churchyard overlooking Lake Maggiore.
Cannock is the last village in the western shore of Lake Maggiore, before they meet those of neighboring Helvetic Confederation. Cannock is known for its market which is held every Sunday, for the gorge of Sant 'Anna, for its campsites, the river Cannobino through it, and the road that connects Cannobina Cannobio Vigezzo the valley - known as the Valley The Painters - and all 'Ossola. Continuing from Cannobio Piaggio Valmara enters Confederation on the bank of Lake Maggiore, the Ticino where the river enters the lake. This part of the lake and its shores became Switzerland in 1513, when Maximilian Sforza had to cede the territory. Pass the beautiful Swiss lakeside locations Brissago, Ascona and Locarno, Lombard takes the Italian shore. And after the first encounter the Swiss border town of Pine, followed by Macclesfield with its church of the Point, built in the late sixteenth century as a votive offering for the plague of S. Carlo that struck countries of the Verbano. Colmegna is famous for its regattas favored by the winds that blow over the lake and constantly descending from the mountains. Luino is without doubt the most important center of all the Lombard shore. The site connects Sixth Calende and nearby Switzerland with a highway and a railway line. The market is held every Wednesday Luino that is frequented by foreigners. The River Tresa that comes directly from Lake Lugano divided by Luino Germignaga. To find the Rock of Portovaltravaglia Caldè, on whose rocky outcrop overlooking the oratory of St. Veronica. Laveno Mombello, another important town of the Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore, is connected to the western shore of Verbania with a ferry service in the navigation of Lake Maggiore. The Poggio Sant 'Elsa on top of Sasso del Ferro is the place to get a panoramic gondola, that reaching an altitude of 1062 meters on the mountain that overlooks the city, lets see a unique and unforgettable. Laveno the setting for his novels A Piero Chiara. From Cerro, just south of the Gulf of Laveno, leaving the parties that want to reach the sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso Ballaro. The town has a museum Perabò Palace, which displays ceramics and pottery produced by factories Laveno. The Sanctuary of Santa Caterina del Sasso, perched on a rocky spur in the territory of Leggiuno, is probably the most attractive of Lake Maggiore. The architectural complex dating from the twelfth century and underwent several expansions over the years. It was built by ratings by Tree Besozzi after having been saved from a shipwreck while crossing the lake. Today it houses the Dominican friars, and the buildings overlooking the water include a chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina, a grand lodge, and several chapels with frescoes of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Arolo is a small country, followed by Ranco, a resort that hosts the Transport Museum, founded by Francis Ogliari, a showcase of all the vehicles with which we moved through the centuries. On Angera, the medieval oppression, predominates Rocca Borromeo Roman lookout tower originally and then fortified by Lombards. The castle then passed to the Borromeo Angera when they became vassals of the lake Maggiore. Today it is home to numerous cultural events, and has well preserved frescoes in the Hall of Justice. Near the marina is the small island of Angera Partegora, which stands among reeds and lake vegetation, where there is the 'trapas Nantas' or 'water chestnut', a plant unique. Lisanza, near Sesto Calende, is known for its shipyards, which follow each other along the coast. Sixth Calende, located on the river Ticino, is the first town of Lake Maggiore, which is being met by the cities of the Lombard plain.

Places with charm and poetic fairy-tale scenarios, places still untouched and mild climate, an escape from the hectic life of the metropolis that makes finding, in the quiet rhythm of the lake, a serenity that is sadly missing in other places. As the man has written, told, painted and photographed, just living it for only short periods of the year you can enjoy the magical atmosphere that emanates, and appreciate the unique place where Lake Maggiore, where to live is beautiful. In this frame of beauty, images, colors and scents that seem to work a spell, the property will always be a good investment.

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