The lakes

Water is an omnipresent feature of the landscape of the province of Verbania. From the glaciers of the Alps rivers and streams run down to the main lakes of Maggiore and Orta, not forgetting the small gem that is Lake Mergozzo.

Lake Maggiore is the second largest in Italy; it extends from the Pre-Alps of Piedmont and the Ticino Canton in Switzerland to the edge of the Po Plain. The lake offers safe bathing, with dozens of beaches and yacht harbours available to visitors. The Navigazione Lago Maggiore runs a frequent boat service to the Borromean Islands and the main towns on the shore. A car ferry service is in operation between Verbania and Laveno on the Lombard shore.

Lake Orta lies between the Sesia Valley to the west and Lake Maggiore to the east, in the area of Verbania Province known as “Cusio”. Omegna and the picturesque old burgh of Orta are the main centres on the lake. Omegna is the capital of the kitchenware industry (with the famous names of Alessi, Bialetti, Lagostina, Piazza); its San Vito festival each year attracts thousands to concerts, fairs and the world firework championships. Orta, facing the little Island of San Giulio, is the most atmospheric place on the lake.

The little Lake Mergozzo is well-known for the purity of its water, jealously protected for years by a ban on motorboats. This is a paradise for swimmers, rowers and windsurfers.

For further information, see:
- Lago d’Orta
- Alto Lago Maggiore



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