Located on the coast of Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore), Verbania is a garden-town of extraordinary charm where you can find a combination of nature and art, history and territorial culture.
Verbania was founded in 1939 by the administrative “fusion” of Intra and Pallanza, thriving centers for arts, crafts and first factories, and stretches out his territory on a dozen beautiful towns on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Piemonte.
Real pearl of the Borromeo Gulf, Verbania’s main attraction is in the landscape, with its gardens and parks: the Borromeo Islands Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto, the gardens of Villa San Remigio the wonderful gardens of Villa Giulia (which will be the headquarters of this edition). And, all around, the best of Lake Maggiore: the Natural Park of the Fondo Toce, the “Sacred Mountains”(Sacri Monti), declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and behind it, the Valgrande National Park, the largest wild area of Italy.
The city of Verbania finally has a theatre, the new centre Il Maggiore. The architectural character of the work designed by architect Salvador Perez Arroyo, is an interesting scenario for the development of projects related to contemporary art.
In addition to the resources of the territory, Verbania becomes increasingly more demanding tourist destination thanks to the proposed sports broad. But also thanks to a series of events – exhibitions, performances, concerts and gastronomic activities – which fully justify the choice of one of the many accommodations and excellent restaurants to spend in this area quality time.
Cannobio is the last town on the shore of Lake Maggiore before the Swiss border. Today it is one of the prime tourist resorts in the VCO province.
The dynamic commercial character of the town is still seen today in the many fine 17th to 19th century buildings lining the streets and the cobbled lanes of the historic centre.
The original centre of the town, known as the “Borgo”, begins from the ancient Via al Castello and takes the visitor into timeless world of old houses, flights of steps and lanes leading down towards the lake front. These narrow streets, shut in by high buildings, were designed to protect the inhabitants from hostile incursions from the lake.
Cannobio’s lakefront is one of the finest promenades on Lake Maggiore. The other colourful buildings adorning the lakefront, with their picturesque porticoes, boutiques and bars, date from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Cannobio is also well-known for its Lido, a broad, well-appointed beach which is a magnet for bathers and sunbathers, as well as water sports enthusiasts.
How to get here:
Villa Giulia di Verbania-Pallanza
From Milano Malpensa Airport, you can reach Verbania:
– by the shuttle bus Malpensa Airport/ Gallarate, more the train (railroad line Milano/Domodossola)
– by the bus service “Alibus” available only by reservation at Autoservizi Nerini or Autoservizi Comazzi.
From Milano Linate Airport, Verbania is accessible by the shuttle Linate Airport / Milano Central Station, then by train (railroad line Milano / Domodossola).
International railroad line Milano – Domodossola: Verbania Pallanza Station stop
Railroad line Milano Nord / Varese – Laveno Station, then ferry traghetto Laveno / Verbania Intra
Highway (Autostrada): A26 Genova Voltri – Gravellona Toce – Sempione Exit Verbania
State roads (Strada Statale): SS 34 del Lago Maggiore
Bus Lines to Verbania from: Railway Stations – Omegna – Domodossola – Premeno – Piancavallo – Cannobio – Brissago
Bus Lines to Verbania from: Arona – Novara – Miazzina – Valle Intrasca
Bus Lines to Verbania from: Domodossola