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Culture and tradition

Plunge into history and culture

By living at Lake Maggiore or spending a holiday there, you can enjoy the many historical and cultural attractions. A lot of ancient buildings can be found for example in the centre of Laveno, like Villa Frua which dates back to the 18th century and now houses the municipal offices.

Along the streets of the centre you can admire Art Nouveau buildings, lush gardens and historical houses. In the hills there are beautiful villas dating back to the early 19th century. Moreover the international ceramics design museum (MIDEC)  bears witness to the long ceramic tradition of Laveno and displays creations of local companies and designed by design masters like Gio Ponti.

Throughout the year many cultural events are organized in the towns and villages around the lake: exhibitions, concerts, theater, literature, like the well-known classical music events in Stresa or the Music weeks of Lake Maggiore and Verbania.

The Theatre and Comedy Festival in Luino, the Varese Gospel Festival, and the "Cortisonici" film shorts festival in Varese are not to be missed.

Ancient local traditions are brought back to life during festivals full of sound, colors and tastes. Just to mention some of the most striking events around the lake: the Underwater Nativity Scene in Laveno, San Bernardo Fair in Macugnaga, the Chimney Sweeps' Meeting in Santa Maria Maggiore, the Feast day of Blessed Panacea in Ghemme, and "Novara Risorgimentale".

Moreover Lake Maggiore offers a rich food and wine tradition. In local restaurants, you can discover a world of delicious dishes, full-bodied flavourful wines, products of the land and of the lake.
Culture and tradition
Culture and tradition
Culture and tradition

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