Vacation in a lakeside town in northern Italy that enthralls with its scenic majesty, beautiful churches and cultural and horticultural treasures.
Gorgeous vistas, sumptuous gardens, ancient buildings and clear blue waters make Verbania a seductive place to relax. This northern Italian town lies on the western shores of Lake Maggiore, an area that is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps. Tour island gardens, enjoy long lakeside walks and discover the town's artistic heritage in its museums and churches.
Many visitors come to Verbania to be dazzled by its horticultural splendor. See this at Villa Taranto Botanical Garden. Devote several hours to exploring its flower-filled acres, walking among a scenic landscape of terraced gardens, waterfalls and rare botanical treasures. For more delights in nature take a short boat trip out to the lake's Borromean Islands, which are noted for their gardens. These include the Isola Bella Botanical Garden, which covers most of the small island it sits on, and the botanical gardens of Isola Madre.
In addition to its natural charms, Verbania's cultural jewels and historical buildings are not to be missed. Go to the hillside Oratory of San Remigio, which dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries and browse the centuries-old religious frescoes of the Madonna di Campagna Church. Inside the Church of St. Stephen, find a Roman marble tablet from the beginning of the 1st century.
There are more artistic masterpieces on display at the Paesaggio Museum. View frescoes and paintings that are hundreds of years old and include interpretations of Lake Maggiore and its surroundings. The museum also houses Roman artifacts and religious devotional paintings from the 16th century to the 20th century. Continue your cultural journey with a visit to Villa Giulia. This 19th-century former home hosts temporary art exhibitions and concerts and has a beautiful lakeside garden that is now a public park.
To get to Verbania fly into Milan–Malpensa Airport in Milan, approximately 44 miles (70 kilometers) away. This is the closest international airport. Complete your journey by public transportation or rental car to unwind amid the garden delights and cultural riches of this serene lakeside town.