Sanctuary of Boca

The Sanctuary of the Most Holy Crucifix stands halfway between Boca and Grignasco, a few kilometres from Borgomanero. It stands among hills covered with vineyards and woods, on the site of an ancient chapel in which a crucifix with an angel collecting the blood from Christ’s side in a chalice was depicted. The idea of […]

Doll and Toy Museum

Welcome to the Doll and Toy Museum, where special lights and sounds create a visiting experience suspended between reality and magic. The Museum Located in the medieval castle Rocca Borromeo in Angera, 25 km (15.5 mi) from Borgomanero, the museum was founded in 1988 by Princess Bona Borromeo Arese. It stands out for the quality, […]

Sacred Mount of Varallo

After returning from a trip to Palestine at the end of the 15th century, the Franciscan monk Bernardino Caimi decided to reproduce those places in Varallo and evoke the Life and Passion of Christ. Thus a ‘New Jerusalem’ was born in the heart of Valsesia. Location Varallo is about 36 km from Borgomanero. Sacred Mount […]

Villa Taranto

“A beautiful garden doesn’t need to be big. It needs to be the realisation of your dream even if it is only a couple of square metres wide and located on a balcony”  (Neil Mc Eacharn)  Location The Botanic Gardens of Villa Taranto are located in Pallanza, on the western shore of Lake Maggiore, 42 […]

Isola dei Pescatori or Isola Superiore

A small village with a small square, the pointed bell tower of the San Vittore Church, and narrow winding passageways leading to the promenade on the northern end of the island. Discover Isola dei Pescatori! Location Isola Superiore, also known as Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island) because of the historical working activity of its inhabitants, […]

Isola Madre

Thanks to its botanical variety and strong exotic imprint, Flaubert called it ‘the most sensuous place I have ever seen in the world’. This is Isola Madre. Location Situated right in the centre of the Borromean Gulf, halfway between Baveno and Pallanza, … km away from Borgomanero, the island is mainly occupied by gardens. In […]

Isola Bella

Visit Isola Bella and discover how almost four hundred years of work have transformed a rock inhabited by fishermen into a place admired by tourists from all over the world. Welcome to the enchanting Isola Bella! Location It is part of the archipelago of the Borromean Islands together with Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori. […]

The Colossus of Saint Charles Borromeo

The 35-metre-high San Carlone is one of the world’s tallest statues. It even inspired the designer of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue The Colossus of Saint Charles is perched on a hill about 310 metres (1017 ft) above sea level, along the road connecting Arona with Dagnente, and is also visible from the lake. […]