Lake Maggiore is a long, narrow lake on the south side of the Alps, which is particularly known for its picturesque location surrounded by green vegetation and wooded mountains. It is the second largest lake in Italy and is a well known international resort in Europe due to the location and climate. The lake is shared by the Italian region of Piedmont, Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino.
- Height above sea level: 193 m
- Length: 65 km
- Width: 2–4,5 km
- Area: 212,5 km²
- Maximum depth: 372 m
- Cities located around the lake: Locarno, Luino, Verbania, Arona, Stresa
- Islands: Brissago Islands and Borromean Islands
The largest city on the lake is Verbania with its districts of Intra, Pallanza and Suna. Upstream from Verbania are the islands “Isolini di San Giovanni” and “Isola Madre”.
South of Verbania, the lake continues to the Gulf of Verbania. On the Gulf is the famous village of Stresa, which still exudes the charm of a swanky Nobel spa with its Belle Époque Villas and Palace Hotels.
The Village of Cannero Riviera has long been a subject of dispute in the late Middle Ages between the Milanese family Sforza and Visconti. The islets Castelli di Cannero are part of this story.
Between the 12th and 14th century, the family of Mazarditi used these islands as a base to threaten the region with raids and piracy. The ruins on the island are a major tourist attraction today.
The English Queen Victoria in the 19th century and Winston Churchill in the 20th century made Cannero Riviera famous.
Cannero Riviera is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore, in the Province of Verbania-Cusio-Ossola and lies on the edge of the Piedmont region.
Due to the warm and moist micro-climate of this northern Italian location, unusual vegetation such as lemons, oranges, mimosa, Bougainville and even bananas grow wild here. This is the reason for the name "Riviera".
The area is known for its camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and annual Camellia Exhibition in March. Visitors come from around the world including North America, Europe and as far away as Russia, China and Singapore.
The small old village of Cannero with its narrow streets was once a fishing village in the Middle Ages. Today it thrives in the summer mainly from tourism. The promenade in the shade of evergreen magnolia takes you along the lake for its pebble beach with a spacious lawn for sunbathing.
From the shore you can enjoy a unique view of the islands of the castles of Cannero Riviera and the town of Luino on the opposite Lombard shore.
More details about Cannero Riviera please refer to the website: www.cannero.it
The Lake Maggiore is one of the greenest lakes in Italy and is surrounded by many natural parks. This includes the National Park Val Grande, which is the largest national park in Italy.
Cannero Riviera and the Lake Maggiore region are very well suited as a starting point for hiking and mountain biking. Alternatively one can explore the lake and its shores by ferry. The ferry connects with several small villages along the lake including Luino, Cannobio, Locarno, Verbania and Stresa. If you fancy a swim in the lake, you can access the lake via a direct pedestrian path from the garden of Villa Paradiso.
Within the radius of a few kilometers are many historical villages such as Cannobio, Ghiffa and Oggebbio. Further north, the cities of Locarno, (famous for the Film Festival in August), and Ascona, (known for it’s Jazz Festival in June / July) are among the cultural highlights of the region.
South of Cannero Riviera lies Stresa, once a small fishing village and the starting point for trips to the Borromean Islands Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori and Isola Madre.
Other notable lakes such as Lake Mergozza and Lake Orta are within a one hour drive from Cannero Riviera's center.
Those looking for the special thrill can experience the unique sensation of flying like a falcon attached to a zipline.
Via Panoramica 43
28821 Cannero Riviera (VB)
From Cannero Riviera you can reach Villa Paradiso by taking the road Via Panoramica. Villa Paradiso is located on the left side of the road.
Coordinates: 46°01'29.1"N 8°40'57.1"E
- Gotthard Pass / tunnels
Get on A2/E35 from Route 2. Follow A2/E35 to Via Cantonale / Route2. Take Exit 47 from A2/E35. Continue on Route 2. Take Via San Gottardo, Via Cantonale, Cadepezzo and Strada Cantonale to A13 in Locarno. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A13 heading towards Locarno / Tenero Follow Route 13 and Strada 34 del Lago Maggiore past Cannobio to Cannero Riviera. Look for the signs on the right indicating Viggiona and Trarego. Take Via Panoramica towards Viggiona and Trarego. Villa Paradiso will be on your left. Welcome!
Distance: 110 km
- San Bernardino Pass / - Tunnel
Take A13 to Via Cantonale / Route2 in Ticino. Take exit 47 from A2 / E35. Take Exit 47 for Locarno. Take Via Stradonino and Route 13 to A13 in Locarno. Continue onto Via Cantonale / Route 2. Turn left onto Via Cantonale / Route 13. Route 13 turns slightly and becomes Strada Statale 34 del Lago Maggiore. Drive through Cannobio towards Cannero Riviera. Look for signs for Trarego/Viggiona on your right. Turn right onto Via Panoramica and you will find Villa Paradiso on your left. Welcome!
Distance: 100 km
Take Via Alessandro Manzoni, Plaza del Republica, Viale Luigi Sturzo, Via Carlo Farini and Viale Rubiconi to Superstrada Milano - Meda - Lintate / SS35. Continue on Superstrada Milano - Meda - Lintate / SS35. Take A36, E62 and A26 to Via Scalpellini in Baveno. Take the exit toward Stresa/Baveno from A26/E62. Take Strada Statale 34 around Lago Maggiore through Intra, Ghiffa and Oggebio before coming to Cannero Riviera. Look for the signs indicating Viggione / Trarego. Turn left on Via Panoramica and continue up the hill. Villa Paradiso will be on your left. Welcome!
Distance: 120 km
Distances by car to Villa Paradiso:
Swiss border (Brissago): 14 km
Nearby bigger cities Verbania (Intra): 15 km
Stresa (VB): about 29 km
Cannobio towards the Swiss border: about 7 km
If you are arriving by plane:
The Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) is approximately 80 km from Cannero Riviera's center. From the airport you reach Cannero Riviera comfortably by taxi (about 150 €), rental car or take a shuttle bus (www.safduemila.com) to Intra and take a taxi.
The Linate (LIN) is about 140 km from Cannero Riviera's center.