Knowing Cannobio 2019-05-31T07:20:04+00:00

Knowing Cannobio

Knowing Cannobio is a tour that allows you to visit the most characteristic places of the village of Cannobio, exploring the historical streets and monuments present since Roman times.

Parco Lido (Park Shore) is the main public beach of Cannobio.
Located at the mouth of the Cannobino Torrent, it has all the necessary services for bathing.

Also for the year 2018 it results to be one of the cleanest beaches in Italy, awarded with the title of BLUE FLAG

Piazza Lago (Lake Square) is one of the most historic places in the village of Cannobio.
In ancient times these buildings were the residences of the inhabitants of the village as well as shops, storage areas for fishermen’s boats and warehouses belonging to the families of the lake traders.

Nowadays, however, it is the tourist center of the town, where you can find: restaurants, bars, craft and art shops, always refreshed by the summer breeze typical of our landscape.

Via Castello (Castle Street) dominates the Piazza Lago and was the street that allowed access to the residences of the shops on the Lungolago.

In the upper part of the street you can see the villas belonging to medieval lords, dedicated to trade between the two shores of the lake and the nearby Switzerland.

The Sanctuary of S. Pietà (Holy Mercy) was formerly an inn where in the twelfth century the known miracle of the Santissima Pietà took place.
Legend has it that one evening during a storm a painting depicting the Pietà of Christ began to bleed and in the following days a rib came out proportionate to the painting. On the inn was then built the Sanctuary where the Sacra Costola (Holy Rib) is still preserved today.

Knowing Cannobio takes you into the fresh nature of the valley floor and allows you to reach the locality of Orrido di Sant’Anna, where there is the narrow rock gorge that delimits the Cannobina Valley from the Cannobino torrent, dominated by a Roman bridge, that can be attributed to the emperor Augustus and the church of Sant’Anna built in the 3rd century AD.

Basically it is the place where the geological history of Cannobio began. The most favorable position to enjoy a dip in fresh pristine waters and meditate on the grandeur of nature.

There is also a beautiful restaurant with cantilevered balconies on the gorge.

Going up the road that climbs up the Valle Cannobina just outside the town of Cannobio, we come across the “Fonte Carlina”, the most famous of the numerous springs in the area. The source takes its name from San Carlo Borromeo, archbishop of Milan, who, according to legend, cured thanks to the beneficial properties of this water.
In 1867 a mineral water bottling plant was built and an hotel with a hydrotherapeutic establishment, frequented by nobles and famous personalities of the time. Over time both the establishment and the hotel had mixed fortunes, until they were finally closed in the mid-twentieth century.
Recently, the area in which the Fonte Carlina is located has been arranged and equipped with a rest area. Anyone can stop at the source and take free water that flows at a temperature of 10 degrees.

Another place that can be visited with “LADOLCEVITACANNOBIO” is the Ponte Traffiume area, a fluvial bathing area with a captivating atmosphere. In summer, the climate of this place combines the mild warmth of Lake Maggiore with the fresh, sometimes pungent, wind that flows from the Cannobina Valley into the village.

The village of Traffiume is far older than that of Cannobio; in fact, the historian Polybius, giving the dimensions of Lake Maggiore, makes us imagine that the waters of the lake touched the current town, that thus constituted the obligatory passage towards Switzerland.

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