A journey from the lake to the mountain
A crossroads of important trade traffic, the province of Novara is characterised by its varied territory. In the small, quiet old town, visit the Duomo, or Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, an unfinished project by architect Alessandro Antonelli, creator of Turin's most famous Mole Antonelliana. Also unfinished is the Basilica of San Gaudenzio, from whose dome you can admire a magnificent panorama stretching as far as Monte Rosa.
Alto Vergante, between Lake Maggiore and Mottarone, is rich in hilltop villages, including the historic Massino Visconti. On Lake Orta, discover the Island of San Giulio, with its Romanesque basilica and the ring road, an itinerary of spirituality and meditation. Another beautiful location is Arona, nestled on the shores of Lake Maggiore. From here, admire the Rocca di Angera, surrounded by the enchanting medieval garden and used as a museum, including the Sala delle Maioliche (Majolica Hall) and Europe's largest doll and toy museum.
On the eastern outskirts of Cameri, on an erosion crag of the Ticino River, stands the prestigious Villa Picchetta. Finally, the Colline del Boca, an area rich in history and picture-postcard landscapes, famous for the production of the famous DOC wine of the same name and the imposing Boca Sanctuary.