Rising on a narrow ledge jutting out over the lake, down a side street, the sanctuary can be reached via a long staircase. However, arriving at the sanctuary by lake, seeing from afar the arches of the portico among the candor of the limestone rock onto which the monastery is perched, is considerably more impressive.
These Swiss towns, which overlook Lake Maggiore, can be reached in a short distance of time. Tours, leisure activities, and events are right at your fingertips with boats provided by Summer Boats, and you’ll also avoid the automobile traffic along the streets of the border.
These are the main towns that divide the capital of Verbania from the Swiss border of Lake Maggiore. A visit is recommended because of their special atmosphere, weekly markets, and the lakefront during every season.
Sunny and elegant, Pallanza is right in front of the Borromean Gulf. The shows and temporary exhibits in Villa Giulia and the Museo del Paesaggio (Landscape Museum) in Palazzo Viani-Dugnani enrich what is offered on a cultural level. Equally important are Villa S. Remigio and Villa Taranto with its Botanical Gardens that are among the most known and visited in Europe.
The province of Novara looks over Lake Maggiore with Arona being the home of the famous Colossus of St. Carlo, 23.40 meters high, depicting the Cardinal St. Carlo Borromeo. From here you can this you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore.
The province of Varese overlooks across the entire eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, in particular, with the Rock of Angera, which is one of the most important medieval remains that is still well-preserved today and houses the Doll and Toy Museum, the only of its kind in Italy and among the most important in Europe. Laveno, instead, faces the village of Intra in Verbania and, further north is Luino, near the Swiss border.
In front of the Borromean Gulf, home to international conferences in lush hotel complexes, and to the Stresa and Lake Maggiore Music Weeks, Stresa is also an ideal starting point for summer excursions to the Mottarone or for winter skiing activities and the Alpine Botanical Garden. The towns that follow and lead to lower Lake Maggiore towards Arona are each characterized by unique atmospheres and are all quite charmingo.
The soul of the provincial capital, with its narrow streets full of stores for shopping, the Basilica of St. Vittore, and the old wrought iron pier with its Art Nouveau and Neoclassical styles.