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Exterior, Hotel Pironi

Hotel Pironi, Cannobio, Italy

This welcoming hotel is housed in one of Cannobio’s oldest buildings, a 15th-century palace that was also part of a Franciscan monastery. The building is especially recognizable for its prow-shaped exterior, parting two roads leading down to Lake Maggiore. Throughout the building, some of the ancient features remain such as original frescoes, brick tile floors, […]

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Early morning sun on San Vittore

La Collegiata di San Vittore

This church sits in the middle of Cannobio and was built in the 18th century over an earlier medieval Romanesque church. The Romanesque bell tower is from the 12th century. The neoclassical façade is from the 19th century. The spire was rebuilt in the 20th century. Of course, the main attraction here is the Holy […]

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Ornate ceiling

Il Santuario della SS. Pietà di Cannobio

The Sanctuary of the Santissima Pietà was constructed to commemorate a dramatic event: The Miracle of the Holy Rib. What happened? In 1522, a painting of a Pietà (a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus) began to emit blood and tears. The next night, in the same […]

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Pebbled streets


When you wind eastward through the Alps from Switzerland into Italy, the first lake you will encounter is sprawling Lake Maggiore and rustic Cannobio, a village on the west bank. You’ll recognize it by its sun-faded colorful buildings and pebbled streets. Since there are only about 5,000 residents, it’s noticeably quieter than the larger, more […]

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