Picturesque old towns, famous sacral buildings,
Italian flair: the cities on Lake Maggiore
The cities on Lake Maggiore
Vacations on Lake Maggiore at Lakeview Cannobio Camping & Resort offer a variety of opportunities to gain lasting impressions and fall in love with the area. We present here particularly beautiful towns or villages that are located near Lakeview Cannobio and are always worth a visit!
Stresa is a beautiful village on Lake Maggiore, just under an hour from Cannobio. From Stresa you have
a beautiful view of the Borromean Islands.
Stresa is located on the Borromean Gulf of Lake Maggiore. The village is mentioned in the history books for the first time in the tenth century, but most likely the place where the village is located today was settled much earlier.
A walk along the main street or along the lake shows that Stresa has managed to preserve its aristocratic style. Worthy of note are Villa Ducale, the oldest in the city, where Antonio Rosmini, a great Italian thinker, resided, and Villa Pallavicino, whose park preserves the flora and fauna of the area.
They say that you have not been to Stresa until you have climbed the small mountain behind you, the Mottarone. Many meters lower, but still with a view of the city from above, is the Sky Bar of the Hotel La Palma.
From Stresa you can visit the Borromean Islands by tourist boats, a must for vacationers interested in castles and magnificent gardens.
Ascona, the pearl of Ticino
Ascona, which can be reached from Cannobio in about 15 minutes, is considered the “pearl of Lake Maggiore”. The sunny and enveloping atmosphere makes this historic and colorful village unique. Ascona belongs to the Swiss canton of Ticino and is located near the mouth of the river Maggia, in a beautiful bay on the north side of Lake Maggiore.
This unique position offers a special Mediterranean climate that, combined with a tourist tradition dedicated to hospitality, makes Ascona an ideal place for your vacation to discover the lake and the Ticino valleys. The historic center, called “Borgo”, is the ideal place to have a coffee and stroll among the numerous stores in search of a fashionable item, while the lake view from the beautiful promenade with its colorful facades, palm trees, benches and numerous bars and restaurants is certainly the symbol of Ascona. From here you can also embark to reach the main destinations on Lake Maggiore.
2,300 hours of sunshine a year and a church built after an apparition of the Virgin Mary: This is Locarno, located on the northern
Shore of Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore) located city with the mildest climate in Switzerland. A good 20min from Lakeview Cannobio and always worth a visit!
The typical Mediterranean trees, such as palm trees or lemon trees in the heart of Locarno, are responsible for the atmosphere that characterizes the city. The heart of the city is Piazza Grande, which is known everywhere thanks to the film festival “Festival del Film Locarno” that takes place there every year. The square is also the meeting point of all the small streets of the old town. On the outskirts of the historic center of Locarno lies the 12th century Castello Visconteo, of which about one fifth is still in its original state. Magnificent palaces house art collections and old arcades invite shopping. And above Locarno, in Orselina, is the sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso , a shrine that dates back to an apparition of the Virgin Mary. The church is the main tourist attraction of the town and from it you have a fantastic view of the town, the lake and the mountains.
Overlooking Lake Maggiore, Lido Locarno offers an exceptional variety of leisure activities for adults and children, with various indoor and outdoor swimming pools, slides, whirlpools, a children’s playground, as well as a fitness area and a brand new wellness center and spa.
This beautiful town on Lake Maggiore (about 50min from Cannobio), also known for its pink granite quarries, is a popular destination. Especially for foreign tourists who fill the numerous campsites in the area during the summer season. The famous sea garden, from which you can enjoy an enchanting view of the Borromean Gulf and the Lombard shore to the Bay of Laveno, is known all over the world.
In the historic center of the village, a stone’s throw from the boulevard, is the church square of Baveno with the parish church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio (Chiesa dei SS Gervaso and Protaso) and a baptistery. On the side of the square there is a gallery with beautifully decorated arches and some beautiful frescoes. The local tourist information is also located on this square. Classical concerts are regularly held in the parish church.
Baveno is famous for its pink granite from Mount Casmoscio. Many famous buildings around the world were built with the granite from this quarry. On the shore promenade of Lago di Baveno, opposite the port, stands Villa Branca: it was built between 1871 and 1872 in a style that imitates the English Gothic. The chalet is located in the middle of the greenery and is characterized by its size; in the park there is also a false castle ruin, built in 1882-1883.
The cozy atmosphere of Laveno-Mombello is enhanced by the azure blue lake, the greenery of the wooded
overgrown hills and the majestic profile of the mountain with its rocky cliffs created opposite the water. This is a very romantic place where you can walk along the countless paths that lead up the mountain ridges, admiring unforgettable panoramas. The bucket cableway is a very special experience: in open buckets you can reach the top of Monte Sasso del Ferro from Laveno and enjoy a wonderful view far beyond Stresa.
Laveno is one of the most famous and visited towns on the Lombardy shore. On the evening of August 15, an extraordinary fireworks display will take place on Lake Maggiore in front of Laveno. Numerous recreational captains take advantage of this large-scale fireworks display to marvel from the lake on their boats.
The provincial capital, about 35min from Cannobio, is the city with the most accommodation facilities.
The large port testifies to the importance that this city has always had for shipping, and also has a ferry service for the transport of cars that connect the Piedmontese city of Verbania with the Lombard coast. Since the city is closely associated with garden art, during the flowering season there are numerous events dedicated to camellias, azaleas, orchids and tulips.
Verbania also offers a wide range of shopping opportunities: large supermarkets as well as fashion and handicrafts in the narrow streets of the Intra district. Insider tip: at the Casa del Dolci next to the church of Intra you will find the best dolci (sweet pastries) far and wide!
Luino is a town located just a few kilometers from the Swiss border. It lies between 193 and 630 meters above sea level and is about an hour by car from Cannobio. The town of Luino is located on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore. It is the largest city on the Lombard side of the lake. The town is located at the mouth of the Tresa River.
The impressive rows of trees around the old town give the city something special. These trees were planted in the days of Napoleon. Luino was for decades an important location of many industries and is still today a major producer of textiles. In recent years, however, many of the old industrial wastelands have been converted. The promenade is now a very beautiful place, attractively rebuilt with cafes and playgrounds.
Luino is famous for its weekly market, which takes place every Wednesday. It is the largest weekly market on Lake Maggiore. From Cannobio you can easily reach this market by scheduled boat, or much faster: by cab boat, which docks at the beginning of the Cannobio promenade and can also be booked there.
Feriolo is a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer months. The village is especially popular because of the many campsites that can be found near the village. In the evening, the village comes to life when campers go to one of the restaurants in the village or have an ice cream in a gelateria. From the waterfront in Feriolo you have a beautiful view of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands.
However, Feriolo is already an ancient village, inhabited already in Roman times. The remains of the castle of Feriolo remind us of this. In the middle of the nineteenth century, two disasters occurred in the village. First, in 1876 a landslide sank a large part of the village to the bottom of Lake Maggiore. The remains of the disappeared houses can still be seen today at a depth of about eighteen meters. A year later, the village was hit by the next disaster. The village was largely under water due to the high water level of the lake. The water level of that day can still be seen at the village church. The water level was seven meters higher than normal that day.