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Cannero Riviera

For a holiday on the shores of Lake Maggiore we can go to Cannero Riviera. Typically medieval village, it fascinates us for the narrow alleys where you can stroll discovering ancient houses or picturesque views such as the one represented by the small port carved into the rock. The stately homes of Massimo D’Azeglio and the patriot Laura Solera Mantegazza are still visible today. Famous for their adventurous history are the Castelli di Cannero, which stand on two islets not far from the shore.
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A look at Cannero Riviera
A look at Cannero Riviera

About the village

The village of Cannero Riviera extends on the Piedmont side of Lake Maggiore. Characteristic of the area are two islets surmounted by suggestive sixteenth century castles, better known as the Castles of Cannero.

Cannero appears for the first time in a document of disposal of real estate in 985. But the municipal independence arrives in the XIV century. In 1524 the Sforza destroy the country as territory loyal to the Visconti. A story with a part have the castles that are placed on small islands. The castle said Malpaga, was the refuge of the Mazzarditi brothers and conquered by Filippo Maria Visconti. The other fortress called Vitaliana is of the XVI century and is the relevance of the Borromeo. Then came both abandoned and in view also of the inviting location were used as a refuge for bandits and counterfeiters and then used again from the Borromeo as citrus grove and rabbit.

Walking in the village you can admire the villas from the lush Mediterranean vegetation (cedars, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, olives), ancient manor houses, a picturesque marina dug in the rock, small tracks typically medieval churches and chapels. Chose it as their residence, Cannero Massimo D'Azeglio and Laura Solera Mantegazza, whose houses you can still admire today. The current parish church of Cannero is dedicated to S. Giorgio and was erected in 1836 on the premises of the old church destroyed by a flood the 14 September 1829. The building, a circular plan with dome, has elegant shapes and an inside very collected and finely decorated. There are preserved the relics of S. Fausto Martyr, transferred from the catacombs of San Callisto in Rome.

Cannero Riviera is also a land of flowers, in particular camellias whose flourishing you can admire, for some specimens, even in winter. His name is linked to water, from the Celtic "Cenn in ar" (tip on the water) or from the latin "singing or Canerum" (Canneto) and the mediterranean climate "Riviera" (added in 1947). Behind it stands the Monte Morissolo, a wooded mountain typically prealpina, dotted with villages. Present on the territory there are some stretches of the defensive system on the Northern Frontier toward Switzerland.

Municipality of Cannero Riviera
Province of Verbania-Cusio-Ossola
Piedmont Region

Population: 936
Altitude centre: 225 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Borghi Sostenibili del Piemonte
Paesi bandiera arancione
Unione del Lago Maggiore

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Via Municipio, 14 - Tel. +39 0323 788091

= distances as the crow flies


  • Along the highway, the closest exits to the center of Cannero Riviera are:
    - Baveno - Stresa exit (A26 Genova Voltri-Gravellona Toce)
    - Exit Gravellona Toce - Verbania (A26 Genova Voltri-Gravellona Toce)
    - Exit Azzate - Buguggiate (A8 Milan-Varese)


  • Verbania-Pallanza station
  • Stresa station


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

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35.80 Kilometers from Cannero Riviera
= distances as the crow flies


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