Pallanza Lake Maggiore

Pallanza Lake Maggiore

Pallanza Lake Maggiore

Verbania’s current municipal seat is in the settlement of Pallanza. This 19th-century building has a portico upheld by 32 columns in pink granite from Baveno. This little town, located on the Gulf of Borromeo, offers the charm of aristocratic holiday resorts, with large hotels surrounded by the discretion of the parks.

Pallanza and Intra form the town Verbania which is capital of the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola province. Pallanza is a pretty lakeside town with a promenade running all the way to neighbouring Suna. Along the lakefront are several bars and restaurants, as well as the elegant porticoed town hall. Via Ruga leads up and away from the lake and is where you will find the small shopping area.

The San Leonardo Parish Church is in the town centre. It was built between 1535 and 1590 and contains some notable wood carvings.

Pallanza is also home to the wonderful Villa Taranto Gardens which a just a quick hop on the ferry or a pleasant 15 minute walk. The San Remigio Gardens are lesser known but can be visited by contacting the tourist office to book a guided tour.

Just off the shores of Pallanza is San Giovanni Island. The island is private property and the Italian musician and conductor Arturo Toscanini once lived there. Toscanini was resident conductor at La Scala from 1898 to 1908 and during the 1920’s.

Tourism in Pallanza

The most well-known monuments include: 18th-century Palazzo Viani – Dugnani, which is now home to the Museo del paesaggio (Museum of the Landscape), 16th-century Church of Madonna di Campagna, and monuments by sculptor Troubetzkoy from Intra.
The lakeside promenade completely faces south over the gulf, and has nice views of the Borromean Islands. Just before the point of the Castagnola headland, a few metres off shore, is Isolino San Giovanni (Islet of San Giovanni), which was chosen by great orchestra conductor Arturo Toscanini as a resting and holiday place. The maestro considered it the most beautiful place in the world.

Garden lovers can surround themselves with those at Villa San Remigio, which is beside the homonymous little Romanesque church on the summit of the headland. Italian and English gardens here are in perfect harmony with the surrounding scenery. Villa Giulia and its pretty façade with loggias and columns has a garden filled with trees worth visiting. Villa San Remigio is on the highest part of the Castagnola headland.

Villa Taranto

The most popular destination for ornamental botany enthusiasts is on the north-eastern side of the Castagnola point: Villa Taranto. The marvellous, complex scenery here is spontaneous, where terraces, ponds, fountains, and waterfalls develop into a botanical garden with over 20,000 plant varieties – some quite rare – offering a continuous show of copious, exceptional blooming from spring through autumn. An enviable masterpiece of the art and technique of gardening, Villa Taranto is one of the most important tourist attractions on Lake Maggiore.

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