Things to See & Do – Folk Museum

July 20, 2016

Gurro and Cannobina Valley Folk Museum

Cannobbina Valley – Village of Gurro

The village of Gurro typifies the customs and popular culture of the Cannobina Valley, with its ancient historic centre of narrow streets threading through huddles of stone houses with large wooden loggias. Read the rest of this entry »


Things to See & Do – Sacro Monte Ghiffa

July 16, 2016

Sacro Monte of the Holy Trinity at Ghiffa

Sacro Monte della Trinita – Ghiffa

The Sacro Monte of the Holy Trinity at Ghiffa stands at the foot of Mount Carciago in a magnificent position dominating Lake Maggiore. It is an unfinished Baroque complex inspired by the ideas of San Carlo Borromeo and the architectural models of the Sacri Monti of Orta and Varese.

Ghiffa-Cappella di Abraham

It is made up of the Sanctuary Church, three chapels and the arcades of the Stations of the Cross, and the  whole complex is surrounded by about 200 hectares of a prevalently woodland Nature Reserve.

The three chapels of the Sacro Monte: the first (1647), dedicated to the Coronation of the Virgin Mary, is embellished with an elegant porch and contains a relief in terracotta of the Madonna and several statues in polychrome terracotta of Saints and Prophets; the second (1659), dedicated to St John the Baptist, contains a scene with statues of the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, and is completely surrounded by a circular portico; the third (1703), with a cruciform ground plan, is preceded by a graceful porch and is dedicated to Abraham, shown in a group of statues in the act of adoration of three angels that represent the Holy Trinity.

Ghiffa-Santissima Trinità

The three-bay Sanctuary Church contains the pre-existing image of the Holy Trinity, a painting which reproduces the image of Christ three times.

Ghiffa-Via Crucis

The Sanctuary Square is surrounded by the portico of the Stations of the Cross, made up of fourteen archways covered with cross-vaults based on stone columns and ending with a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stations of the Cross were frescoed in 1824 and today include terracotta panels donated by Ghiffa families in 1930.

The protected nature reserve comprises an extensive woodland area with a heritage of rich flora and fauna. Varied and of  great beauty are the themed footpaths that guide a visit to this reserve: there is a well-equipped fitness trail, and you will find some intriguing traces of ancient settlements as well as evidence of the religious traditions of the past.

The area of the Nature reserve is almost exclusively made up of woodland which belongs to the local town administration.


By car: from the A26 motorway, exit at Gravellona Toce, in the direction of Verbania-Ghiffa. The airport of Malpensa is 44 km away.

By train: the nearest railway station is Verbania-Pallanza at 14km from Ghiffa. From the station you can use the public bus service to reach Ghiffa.


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Things to See & Do – Hat Musueum

July 12, 2016

 Hat Museum at Ghiffa

Cap 1500 – typical pointed shape

The Hat Museum (more precisely “Museum of the Art of Hat-making”) in Ghiffa, overlooking Lake Maggiore, illustrates the history of Italian glamour in hat-making. Read the rest of this entry »

Hibiscus Blooms – Isola Madre

May 31, 2016

A unique opportunity to visit the Borromean Islands, and in particular the Isola Madre, is represented this year by the opening, in September, of the Avenue of the citrus fruit to admire the extraordinary collection of hibiscus of the Princes Borromeo. Read the rest of this entry »

Traces of Eden – Arona from 5-29/10

October 12, 2013



Traces of Eden

Traces of Eden

From 5 october  to 29 October in Arona, organised by the Fenice Association

Presented by Prof. Mario Pagliano.

Opening Times: from Thursdays to Sundays from 16.00 alle 19.00 in in Liberazione, 53 ARONA

Contact: Massimo Marini 340 8406344 – 340 8333648


Fashion Line Up for the Olympics – Italy

May 14, 2012

EA7’s Olympic Designs

This is where my double citizenship creates problems – Do I support the English Team or the Italian one? I suspect that the Italians will be smarter, their uniforms having been designed by the archetypal Georgio Armani. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating in Royal Style

May 13, 2012

A queenly tea

Tea time as only the British know how to serve it, in honour of Her Majesty the Queen Read the rest of this entry »