Sights in Lago Maggiore

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This Lago Maggiore Sights Intro guide will give you a quick overview of the places worth seeing when visiting this beautiful area.

Castello Visconteo

This castle was built in the 13th century for the Visconti family and throughout the years was used as a residence and a fortress. Parts of the castle were destroyed and rebuilt several times but only ruins remain today.


Called Madina in medieval times, this village boasts narrow winding streets bordered with the original facades of old houses and buildings. It overlooks Lago Maggiore and you should walk along the Simplon coast road to admire the 19th century villas with their magnificent gardens and parks.

Castelli di Cannero

The amazing ruins of this castle are located on 2 small islands off the coast of Cannero, and you can take a boat tour to the islands.

Rocca di Angera

The perfectly preserved medieval fortification is worth seeing. This castle is built around a central courtyard. Climb the stairs to the top of the tower for a breathtaking view of the lake and its surrounding, or you can visit the Sala di Giustizia which features frescoes dating back to the late 13th century. The castle is also home to the Museo della Bambolla where you can view hundreds of dolls, miniature furniture, board games and books.

Civico Museo Archeologico

This archeological museum offers objects mostly found in tombs and ruins and is considered to have the most comprehensive collection of objects from the Golasecca people who first settled the area.

Torre di Velate

Located in Varese, this area was populated in Roman times and the tower itself was actually built on Roman foundations. It is close to the Oratory di st Domenico and the 16th century Clerici House. The tower houses a 16th century wooden crucifix.

Santuario di San Salvatore

The first section of this church was built in A.D. 1000 by the Benedictine monks. It is surrounded by beech and birch trees and overlooks the lake. There are 2 chapels in the forecourt, 1 of them contains 15th century frescoes. You can also view other frescoes in the shrine's 2 chapels.

Bognanco Springs

Located in the Bogna Valley, this sleepy town is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. The best attraction here are the springs. Their therapeutic properties were discovered in 1863 and construction of hotels and resorts began in 1893. There are several day spas here offering services such as inhalation therapy, massage therapy, hydro-massage and carbonic baths.

February 19, 2010 new by miss_frenchye

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