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Verbania (Italian: [verˈbaːnja] (About this soundlisten), Lombard: [ʋerˈbɑːnja], Piedmontese: [verˈbɑnja]) is the most populous comune (municipality) and the capital city of the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. It is situated on the shore of Lake Maggiore, about 91 km (57 mi) north-west of Milan and about 40 km (25 mi) from Locarno in Switzerland. It had a population of 30,827 at 1 January 2017.

Verbania
Città di Verbania
Verbania pictured from the summit of Mottarone
Verbania pictured from the summit of Mottarone
Location of Verbania
Verbania is located in Italy
Verbania
Verbania
Location of Verbania in Italy
Verbania is located in Piedmont
Verbania
Verbania
Verbania (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 45°56′N 08°32′E / 45.933°N 8.533°E / 45.933; 8.533Coordinates: 45°56′N 08°32′E / 45.933°N 8.533°E / 45.933; 8.533
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
ProvinceVerbano-Cusio-Ossola (VB)
FrazioniAntoliva, Bieno, Biganzolo, Cavandone, Fondotoce, Intra, Pallanza, Possaccio, Suna, Torchiedo, Trobaso, Zoverallo
Government
 • MayorSilvia Marchionini (Partito Democratico; elected 8 June 2014)
Area
 • Total37.49 km2 (14.47 sq mi)
Highest elevation
678 m (2,224 ft)
Lowest elevation
200 m (700 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total30,709
 • Density820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Verbanese(i)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
28900, 28921-28925
Dialing code0323
Patron saintVictor the Moor
Saint day8 May
WebsiteOfficial website

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OverviewEdit

It faces the city of Stresa lying at a direct distance of 3.7 km (2 mi) across Lake Maggiore, and 16 km (10 mi) by road. The present-day Verbania was created by the 1939 merger of the cities of Intra, Pallanza and Suna, and other frazioni. Since 1992 it has been the capital of the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. A small islet lying a stone's throw from the shores of the Pallanza frazione and separated from it by a narrow stretch of water just 10 or 15 metres wide, known as the Isolino di San Giovanni, is famous for having been the home of Arturo Toscanini between the years of 1927 and 1952.

Verbania consists of the following localities: Antoliva, Bieno, Biganzolo, Cavandone, Fondotoce, Intra, Pallanza, Possaccio, Suna, Torchiedo, Trobaso and Zoverallo.

ClimateEdit

The climate is temperate, humid, with hot summer and continental type influences in the inland and higher areas. The area is characterized by cold winters and hot summers.

GovernmentEdit

Main sightsEdit

Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto is an estate with fine botanical gardens.

 
Villa Taranto

TransportEdit

Verbania-Pallanza railway station, opened in 1905, forms part of the Milan–Domodossola railway. It is in the Fondotoce district, between Lake Mergozzo and the river Toce, just upstream from where the Toce flows into Lake Maggiore.

International relationsEdit

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • "Pallanza" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 20 (11th ed.). 1911. p. 637.
  • Official website ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
  • Official Tourism Gateway Lake Maggiore Official Tourism Gateway