Luino is a brilliant gem, well worth visiting, even for a day. If you are looking for either a cultural getaway in the itinerary of the grand and petit tour, or a romantic weekend break, then visit Luino and be inspired. Renowned for its exquisite Art Nouveau architecture, and its market, one of the biggest in Europe, Luino is fast developing a flourishing, cutting-edge scene.
Luino represents the ideal touring base to explore its magnificent natural surroundings: enjoy surfing, Nordic walking, cycling, horseback riding; or practice various sports on the lake and in the nearby mountains.
Delve into the city's vibrant café culture, or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the dazzling lake. Admiring the old harbour , you might sense the romantic mood of the ancient town, while tasting a delicious cup of coffee or while pouring a cup of flavoured tea at the Clerici Cafè. This is the oldest Cafè in town with luxurious crystal chandeliers. Here you may also enjoy the breathtaking view of the emerald mountains all around the sapphire blue lake.
In the 12th century, Luino stood at the crossroads of both the local transport (from the valleys to the lake) and the thoroughfares connecting Switzerland to Italy (from Gottardo/Locarno/Lugano/Lario). Built in 1845, the old harbour represents one of the most elegant places in town enriched in 1954 by the golden statue of Saint Mary called “Madonnina”, modelled after the one at the top of the “Duomo” the main cathedral in Milan. Indeed, this statue dominates the spectacular lake scenery.
Located just in front of the old harbour, Casa Zanella (Zanella House) boasts one of the most beautiful façades in Luino, with a palatial double staircase. Piero Chiara, one of the most notable Italian writers, was born here in 1913. Known for its fine dining, Zanella House also features an elegant restaurant recently renovated by the famous architect Simone Micheli.
Walking further down Via Cavallotti, in the merchants’ quarter, you can really feel the beating heart of the city: the ancient borgo bursting with history and charme, from its ancient buildings to its newly restored houses.
A five-minute walk will lead you to Serenelle Beach, a secluded lawn deck where you can sunbathe while enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery reflected in the lake!
The gorgeous Villa Fonteviva garden is located in the nearbies.
Keep discovering Luino’s treasures on the way back into town: you can visit Piazza Libertà with its ancient palaces: Casa Rossi (Rossi House) with its elegant courtyard. Do not miss Crivelli Serbelloni palace, with its stunning Art Nouveau style, and Palazzo Verbania, one of Luino’s most precious jewels. In the evening, the local cafès are teeming with people wanting to taste a glass of good Italian wine or a beer while listening to music.
Another luxurious palace is Camin Hotel, the only four-star hotel by the lakeshore: a superb location characterized by a wonderful garden and an enchanting house.
In Luino Villa Huessy is a cultural experience in its own right. This recently renovated Art Nouveau villa, currently hosts a library, a grand place where books can come alive. For those who love reading and collecting literature, a library can be a magical place for the imagination, where to find volumes on almost every imaginable topic. Villa Huessy hosts the prestigious Vittorio Sereni archives . Finally, Chiesa del Carmine and Chiesa di San Pietro in Campagna are two of the most interesting churches to visit.
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