Ugly but tasty

The Pro Loco and other local thinkers decided to create Re Brutto ma Buono (The Ugly but Good King), and Regina Zabeta (the Zabeta Queen) in February 2017. The characters were played by Giuseppe De Gasperis and Mary Vercelli. The premiere took place officially with an event in the town square, attended by the town’s […]

The masks

For the Grape Festival, two people from Borgomanero dress up as the two town masks: Sciòra Togna and Carulèna (Mrs Togna and Caroline). At the beginning of the celebrations, the mayor hands them the keys to the town, that they keep until the end of the festival. These two iconic figures represent our town as […]

Grape Festival

It has become a tradition, handed down from generation to generation; it has become a testimony to values that have defied time, confirming the human qualities and attachment to their land of the people of Borgomanero. After so many years, it can be said that the main theme of the ‘September’ event in our town […]


‘It went like this: in the old days, thirteen big men went to venerate the remains of the patron saint of the Upper Novara area. On their way back, when they reached what is now Borgomanero, they suddenly felt an unprecedented appetite that we might call hunger. It had been stimulated by the fresh, thin […]

The Donkey Palio

The first palio in Borgomanero was held in 1975, as part of the grape festival. According to the organisers of the race, it was intended to give a new spark to the celebrations. The idea of the palio was aimed at encouraging bottom-up participation and a strong injection of neighbourhood spirit. Hamlets and city neighbourhoods […]