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Laveno, the tourist capital of the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, is known for its marina which puts it in contact with the Piedmontese shore. The village is also considered an important center for the production of ceramics and porcelain, among the largest in Italy and Europe. Above the village stands Mount Sasso del Ferro, which can be reached by cable car and which represents one of the most popular viewpoints of Lake Maggiore, not only by simple tourists but also by hang-gliding and paragliding enthusiasts.
  • Village on a lake
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View of Filippo and Giacomo church  |
View of Filippo and Giacomo church
Lago Maggiore  |
Lago Maggiore
Vintage funicular in Laveno  |
Vintage funicular in Laveno
Laveno Mombello is the tourism capital of the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore  |
Laveno Mombello is the tourism capital of the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore
Train at the station of Laveno  |
Train at the station of Laveno
Statues of Saint Francis with Jesus child on Lake Maggiore  |
Statues of Saint Francis with Jesus child on Lake Maggiore
A look at Laveno
A look at Laveno

About the village

The village of Laveno (Lavén in dialect varesotto) is one of the major ports of the Lake Maggiore. In addition to the marina there is a pier from which depart all year round ferries with the transport of cars for Verbania-Intra. The center of the village is located in a wide natural cove on the ends of which there are two forts. On the hill north is the strong Garibaldian, surrounded by a park.

The name Laveno derives from that of the Roman commander Tito Labieno, that here was his camp and that on the hill of Mombello had a clash with the Gauls; from here come also the name Mombello, Battle Hill in Latin (mons belli).

In medieval times it was a village inhabited by fishermen. The most important noble families linked to Laveno were the Visconti and Borromeo, to which the territory was enfeoffed, Tinelli of Gorla, the Guilizzoni accounts and the Sessa de Ceresolo, masters of Ceresolo fraction in Cerro. From the nineteenth century onwards it hosted the famous factories of the ceramics, among the largest in Europe. In the hamlet of Cerro, lakeside inside the Palazzo Guilizzoni-Perabò, is located the International Museum of Ceramic design (MIDC)

The town of Laveno Mombello was created in 1927 from the merger of the municipalities of Cerro Maggiore Lake, and Laveno Mombello Lago Maggiore.

Certainly deserve a visit the crib submerged in front of Piazza Caduti of work on the lakeside of the village is the church of S. Mary in Ca' Deserta, the Church of the Saints Philip and James and the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, near the village of Leggiuno, reachable from Laveno via the scenic trail Santa Caterina's ring.

Village of Laveno
Municipality of Laveno-Mombello
Province of Varese
Lombardy Region

Population: 8.743 Lavenesi/Mombellesi
Altitude centre: 205 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Città della Ceramica
Comunità Montana Valli del Verbano
Autorità di bacino lacuale dei laghi Maggione, Comabbia, Monate e Varese

Via Roma 16/A - Tel. +39 0332 625511

= distances as the crow flies


  • Traveling on the highway, the closest exits to the center of Laveno-Mombello are:
    - Exit Brovello Carpugnino (A26 Genova Voltri-Gravellona)
    - Baveno - Stresa exit (A26 Genova Voltri-Gravellona)
    - Sesto Calende - Vergiate exit (A8 Gallarate-A26 Gattico Veruno)
    - Exit Azzate - Buguggiate (A8 Milan-Varese)


  • Stresa station
  • Verbania-Pallanza station


  • Milan-Malpensa airport
  • Milan Linate Airport
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio airport

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= distances as the crow flies


may, 2023

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