Verbania

December 24, 2022

Verbania is the capital city of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. It’s also the most highly populated commune in the Piedmont region of Italy and includes a number of localities, including Suna, Antoliva, Bieno, Biganzolo, and more. The region sits on the shore of Lake Maggiore, about 57 miles from Milan and just 40 miles to Locarno, Switzerland. 

Due to its waterfront and extravagant gardens, this resort area is a great destination for nature lovers or anyone looking to take in a breath of fresh air. 

Verbania Facts: 

  • Verbania’s populations date back to prehistoric times, with the oldest known living group being the ancient Celtic group, the Lepontii. 
  • Roman Emperor Augustus took over the area in the first century. 
  • Verbania was also lost to the French in the 1796 Napoleonic invasion. However, the House of Savoy took back control in 1818. 
  • The area is famously the home of Arturo Toscanini, a famous conductor that also worked with the New York Philharmonic, from 1927-1952.  

Verbania Attractions: 

  • Lago Maggiore: Lake Maggiore is the historical lake that hosted the Lake Maggiore massacre in 1943. The lake was also referenced in Ernest Hemingway’s book A Farewell to Arms. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination for those who wish to enjoy water activities, camping, or take a guided boat tour of the area. 
  • Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto: These gardens were established by Scotsman Neil Boyd McEacharn in 1931-1940. McEacharn bought some property, cut down over 2,000 trees, and added major water features. Today, the garden houses almost 20,000 different plants among 7 km of walking paths. 

Museo del Paesaggio: This museum is located near the Tourist Information Office and offers a detailed look at local art history. Works include those of local artists Paolo Troubetzkoy, Daniele Ranzoni, and Mario Tozzi. A 1-2 hour walk will speak of the area’s changes from the 19th to early 20th century.

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