Lake Maggiore is shared by two Italian regions. While the eastern shores nestle in Lombardia, the western side of the Lake marks the north eastern corner of Piemonte and even the border with Switzerland a few kilometers north of Cannobio. As you might expect, the cultural exchanges over the centuries have left their mark in the names of the towns and various comuni.
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But the likes of Stresa, Oggebbio, Meina, Ghiffa and Bèe suggest origins even older than the modern nation states. The village of Ornavasso is a good example.
It probably derives from the German 'ort am Wasser' meaning 'place on the water' and records suggest it was founded in the 13th century by Walser colonists from the Vallese. They must have been holy types as the town contains many religious buildings including a Boden sanctuary reachable by muletrack.
Also impressive is the Baroque 'Madonna della Guardia' built in an octagonal plan between 1674 and 1772. It sits next to a medieval watchtower with spectacular views over the Ossola Valley and the Corni di Nibbio peaks.
Garden and flower lovers should beat a path to Lake Maggiore. It was here the 4th edition of 'Orchids on the Lake' was held at Ossola and the town is recognised as having 5 of the best 35 gardens in Italy by publishers Prisma of Sweden.
The gardens can be found at Villa Taranto, Isola Madre, Isola Bella, Villa S. Remigio and Villa Pallavicino. Each garden had to overcome 6 hours of careful scrutiny including photographic records. Other gardens featured in the top 35 were at Giusti (Verona), Villa Melzi (Bellagio), Villa d'Este (Cernobbio) and the Medici Villas at Fiesole & Florence.
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