The city of Verbania, the major industrial and commercial centre on Lake Maggiore, was formed in 1939 by the union of Intra, Pallanza, Suna and Fondotoce. Only in 1992 Verbania became the capital of the province of Verbano Cusio Ossola.
Of great interest: Palazzo Viani Dugnani (16th century), seat of the Museo del Paesaggio with 15th and 16th century frescoes and a rich archaeological collection; the church Madonna di Campagna, proclaimed national monument, dates back to the first half of the sixteenth century and it was erected on the remains of a former Romanic building of which only the bell tower (eleventh century) and some traces of walling are left; the promontory of Castagnola, with the Romanic church of St. Remigio (11th century) with 16th century frescoes.
The botanical garden of Villa Taranto, created in 1931 by the Scottish captain Mc Eacharn, is one of the most important in the world, with its thousands of species of plants and flowers coming from all over the world, gracefully arranged on an area of about 16 hectares and crossed by 7 km of paths. Strolling around this wonderful garden the visitors can admire countless botanical species as well as extremely rare collections. Successive flowering is uninterrupted from March to October: azaleas, magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, dahlias, tulips, lotus flowers and many others species make of this garden a real wonder of nature.
From the promenade of Pallanza and Intra an efficient boat service takes the visitors to the Borromeo Islands.
The ancient town of Intra is famous for its old liberty style port, the Saturday market, the elegant coffee bar and the various shops which opens on the narrow street of the town centre. From the new port, which is the starting point of the Lake Maggiore navigation, you can catch the ferry to Laveno on the other side of the lake.