Cannobio is the first Italian town on the west side of the lake coming from the Swiss border; it is a lively little town and one of the most important tourist resorts on the lake. Its origins are ancient and many monuments are worth a visit, among them the Ragione Palace, the cathedral of San Vittore and the Town Hall Tower.
Just at the beginning of the Cannobina Valley, there is the natural attraction called “Orrido di Sant’Anna”, e deep gorge cut into the rock by the waters of the Cannobino river. A nice walk leads to Carmine Superiore, a very well preserved medieval village with its Church of Saint Gothard that dates back to the 14th century.
Cannero Riviera, at the foot of Mount Carza, enjoys a lovely scenary, particularly mild climate and Mediterranean vegetation. Not far from the shore, on top of two small rocky islands, you can visit the spectacular ruins of the so-called Malpaga castle (today Cannero Castle), a fortification built in the 15th century by the cruel Mazzarditi brothers.