The province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Verbania, the capital of the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola is the largest industrial and commercial center of Lake Maggiore, as well as a center of excellence for international vacation.
One of the highlights is located on the north eastern side of the Punta Castagnola where there is the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto: a masterpiece of art and technique of gardening with over twenty thousand varieties of plants, some rare offering from spring to autumn, one continuous show of many and exceptional blooms, and is one of the major tourist attractions of the lake.
The area of the upper Lake Maggiore in the north of the lake basin, is comprised from Cannobio – last village before the Swiss border – to Ghiffa, a village on the outskirts of Verbania where you can visit the Museum of the hat and achieving Mount of the Holy Trinity.
The four most important centers, Cannobio, Cannero Riviera, Oggebbio and Ghiffa enjoy a spectacular view of the three shores of Lago Maggiore: the Swiss, the Piedmont and the Lombard. Every town holds its own history and its own traditions to be rediscovered. Towards the end of Lake Maggiore is located in Arona, headquarters of the territorial domains of the Borromeo family. The Colossus of San Carlo, 23.40 meters high and impressive work depicting the cardinal San Carlo Borromeo, allows tourists to climb it up to the top and let them enjoy the beautiful landscape on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Piedmont and Lombardy, looking out the small windows opening in the garment, and looking through the eyes of the statue.
Located in the Cusio, in the plain of Ossola and the western shore of southern Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta is known as one of the most romantic lakes in Italy. On its banks, Omegna and Orta San Giulio represent the main centers.
Omega, at the northern end of the lake, is the center for excellence in the district of household factories.
The pearl of the Lago Orta, San Giulio and the homonymous island that faces is a treasure trove of history and art, a medieval village that offers elegant buildings, narrow streets and typical stone buildings. From its small you can reach the picturesque island of San Giulio, a small island dominated by a Romanesque church and a monastery.