Cannobio is definitely one of the pearls on Lake Maggiore: The picturesque location, the historic centre, the harmonious architecture and finally the pedestrian zone. The coastal road runs behind the town and not through it which means that the town can remain vehicle and congestion free. For these reasons the town has been awarded the Bandiera Arancione, which is recognition for towns and cities with cultural and historical appeal, which also have much to offer visitors. The town has approx. 1,000 residents who benefit from the sun throughout the day since the town faces east.
Lakeside promenade, boats and a rich restaurant scene
Cannobio does not have a wide variety of shops, but you will find a supermarket, a butcher and a popular lakeside promenade with wine bars, coffee shops, ice cream parlours and restaurants. In the middle of the lake promenade is a ferry landing from which there are frequent departures to the other towns along Maggiores coast during the summer. On a boat trip you are likely to see the small islands with their breathtaking ruins called Castelli di Cannobio. There is of course a post office, a bank and a pharmacy in town.
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Beach and sports
At the southern end of town is a public lakeside-beach. The town has been able to boast of The Blue Flag since 2005, which is awarded to bathing sites with clean water and good conditions. On the second Sunday in July, the town's patron saint is celebrated with candles on the lake, which is a very evocative event.
In addition to beach, the town also offers canoeing, windsurfing, tennis and football. And there are many hiking trails departing from the town up into the mountains. For the seasoned hiker, you can hike up to the summit Cima Morissolo at 1,313 metres (NB: Cannobio is located 225 metres above sea level) - it is a trip that takes about. 4 hours. Alternatively, you can stop halfway at Malpensata at 520 metres. Moreover, there are many alternative and less demanding trails in the area.