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It is the greatest industrial-commercial centre of Lago Maggiore, built in 1939 through the unification of Intra, Pallanza and some coastal centres like Fondotoce and Suna to other small villages of the hinterland. Suna, with its old medieval complex, is situated at the feet of Monte Rosso. Pallanza, small town of Roman origins, stands in a wonderful panoramic position with its villas, gardens and parks; it is a well-attended holiday resort as well as a seat of various industrial activities which flourish also inland.
The central Piazza Garibaldi, overlooking the gulf, offers wonderful - as aforsaid - panoramic views: on your right you will find Feriolo, in front of you Baveno and Stresa dominated by Mottarone, up to the Borromee Isles (Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori), approacheable after a ten-minute navigation. The Small isle of San Giovanni is situated very near the bank, almost in front of the park with the Kursaal. The isle was already known through a Church which stood there in the Xlth century.
Through the thick vegetation you can see the Palace, built in the XVlllth century which became later property of the Borromeos and for some decades the holiday residence of the composer and musician Arturo Toscanini. The Viani-Dugnani Palace, restored in late-baroque style during the first decades of the XVIIIth century, rose in Pallanza, at the end of the important Via Cavour (here known with the name of Ruga). This palace houses the Historic Artistic Museum of Verbania and its surroundings, the Museum of Landscape, which rose in 1909, and the collection of sculptures and mouldings by Paolo Trubetzkoj, an artist of Russian origin who is also the author of the monuments and the busts in Pallanza. An internationally renowned course of flowered carts is held every year in September.
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