Culture and tradition

Art and Nature are the twin glories of the Lake Maggiore area, and  the numerous museums recording the history and culture of the area often stand in a beautiful natural setting by the lake or in the nearby mountains and hills.

The Landscape Museum in Verbania Pallanza, founded with the intention of highlighting the scenic beauty of the Lake Maggiore area through art, contains a large collection of paintings, sculptures and objects of archaeological interest. In Santa Maria Maggiore in the Vigezzo Valley, known as the “Painters’ Valley”, the Rossetti Valentini Museum has a fine collection of works by the many excellent artists who have worked in the valley. 

Unusual museums include the Hat Museum in Ghiffa and the Umbrella Museum in Gignese.

Two more modern museums on Lake Orta are the Museum of Design and the Museum of Taps, both definitely worth a visit, while ancient traditions and customs are on display in the Museum of the Mountains in Macugnaga and the Museum of Woodworking in the Strona Valley.

Art exhibitions are also regularly held in the museums.

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Lake Maggiore and Lake Mergozzo
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Lake Orta
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Novara hills
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Varese and the east shore
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Ossola Valleys
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Reopening of the Palazzo Verbania in Luino

Museo del Paesaggio - According to Artribune, this is one of the 5 museums not to be missed

The Borromean Islands, the Rocca di Angera and Villa Pallavicino reopen for the tourist season

La Fabbrica di Carta

Intra rediscovers the frescoes in the dome of St. Victor

Top Events

Divisionismo - The revolution of light

Novara, From 23 November to 5 April 2020

Festival del Racconto 2019

Varese, Luno, Tradate, Azzate, Saronno, Gallarate,Gavirate, From 20 September to 24 November 2019

Collezioni Svelate

Santa Maria Maggiore, From 13 July to 3 November 2019

Renato Guttuso Exhibition

Varese, From 19 May to 6 January 2020

Sean Scully. Long Light

Varese, From 18 April to 6 January 2020

Divisionismo - The revolution of light

Novara, From 23 November to 5 April 2020

Festival del Racconto 2019

Varese, Luno, Tradate, Azzate, Saronno, Gallarate,Gavirate, From 20 September to 24 November 2019

Collezioni Svelate

Santa Maria Maggiore, From 13 July to 3 November 2019

Renato Guttuso Exhibition

Varese, From 19 May to 6 January 2020

Sean Scully. Long Light

Varese, From 18 April to 6 January 2020

Conventions and Meetings

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The beautiful countryside around Lake Maggiore offers peerless convention facilities. With its natural and artistic beauties boasts a long tradition in the meeting and convention hosting sector with many excellent venues and services, and unrivalled hospitality facilities. Quality, hospitality and the varied and beautiful scenery make it one of the preferred destinations for visitors from all around the world.