Maggiora is a small Piedmontese hilltop town in the province of Novara. With a population of about 1,750 inhabitants, the town is famous for the motor racing events hosted every year at the Maggiora Offroad Arena.
As well as the motor racing circuit, the town has several other attractions:
- a number of churches: the Holy Spirit, St Roch, Our Lady of Sorrows, St Anthony and the Holy Cross.
- agritourism, wine cellars and restaurants
The territory of Maggiora is crossed by the Sizzone, a tributary of the Agogna river. To the east, it borders on the municipality of Borgomanero, covering an area of 10.67 square kilometres in total.
The municipality has four districts: Cascine, Cavaiasca, Malvira and Valeggia. During the Palio dei Rioni in June, a folk festival held in celebration of old farming traditions, the locals compete in tests of skill and strength. Events and contests include the barrel race, the women's barrel race, archery, popular games (making butter, ginning corn cobs, peeling beans, sawing, hay baling, basket-carrying, fitting wagon wheels and dismantling and reassembling barrels). The patron saint is San Agapito (St Agapitus), whose celebration day is 18 August.