Workers’ Mutual Aid Society

The Società Operaia di Mutuo Soccorso (Workers’ Mutual Aid Society) was founded in 1861 and moved to its new headquarters at 136 Corso Roma, designed by engineer Marcello Zorzoli from Novara, in the early years of the last century. The building was enlarged in 1922 and seven years later, the ballroom with wrought iron Art […]

Vergano Castle

The construction of the castle dates back to around 1283. There are records of Calcino Tornielli taking possession of the castle in 1312. The structure remained intact despite the terrible struggles and battles fought at that time. Renovation and extension work was carried out in 1470. The gate tower with the drawbridge dates back to […]

Bono Palace and Museum of Rural Life Santa Cristina

The Museum of Rural Civilisation is housed in Palazzo Bono in the hamlet of Santa Cristina. It is a collection-testimony of the peasant civilisation. It was founded in 1992 by the ‘Group for the local agricultural civilisation’ and started thanks to doctor Dino Cerutti’s collections. It is open to the public on the first Sunday […]

Villa Marazza

It was an ancient property of the Rossignoli and Tornielli families and sold in 1782 to the Bonola family from Vacciago and Corconio, whose last pupil was the lawyer Giulio Bonola (1865 – 1939) who passed the property on to his nephew Achille Marazza. The Villa currently hosts numerous events in the hall of honor […]

Rosmini College

The Rosminian Schools have been present in the town since 1845: Antonio Rosmini Girls’ College dates back to 1857. According to the historian and poet Giovanni Colombo, its opening was officially authorised by the Superintendent of Studies of Novara in the name of King Vittorio Emanuele II of Sardinia on 16th June 1857. The historian […]

Torrione Bridge

The stone bridge, already documented in the Statutes of Novara as a pons ad Batriuscham, was built in the 16th century along the river Agogna at the ancient ford of Piora, towards the parish church of Cureggio. It connected the town to the hamlet of Cureggio from what is now Piazza XX Settembre, where there […]

Araldo bridge

It was mentioned in a parchment of 1204 as Ponte Araldo, but the pons ultra Burgummaynerium super Aconia is mentioned in the Statutes of the City of Novara as one of the three bridges of the Borgo. There was already one built in wood on the strata novariensis towards the Riviera d’Orta, which may have […]

Statue of Madonna

The statue of the Immaculate Conception was erected in 1721 by Marquis Gabriele d’Este. At that time, Borgomanero was part of the Dukedom of Milan and, together with the entire territory of Novara, would soon come under Savoy rule, as happened in 1738. Gabriele d’Este was born in Turin in 1661 and first came to […]

Tornielli palace

The 18th-century building has been the seat of Borgomanero’s Town Hall since 1900. It belonged to the family of the Tornielli counts, a dynasty that played an important role in the history of Borgomanero and Novara from 1200 onwards, when the Tornielli family-built Vergano Castle. Vincenzo Tornielli, who lived between the 19th and 20th centuries, […]

St. Gotthard’s Church

The first records of the Church of St Gotthard date back to the 15th century, when an offering chapel stood on the site. The church was built around 1629 and consecrated by Bishop Volpi. For a short time, the church area was also used as a cemetery. The bell tower dates back to 1889. The […]