Baveno the quite village of lake Maggiore
Baveno is a quiet town along the Piedmontese coast of Lake Maggiore. Bell towers, boats that ply the shores to reach the nearby Borromean islands and the ancient villas that stand out among the alleys of the town. The Church of Santi Gervaso e Protaso is an extraordinary reality, which preserves history and faith in its walls. Baveno is one of the tourist attractions of the lake, the starting point for many options for visiting the area.
Where is it
Baveno is situated between Lake Maggiore and the mountain, on the delta of the Selvaspessa stream and on the slopes of Monte Camoscio and Mottarone, Baveno combines the characteristics of a tourist resort with those of an industrial center.
It is located 11.2 km from Verbania, 94.5 km from Milan and 143 from Turin, in a natural environment of remarkable scenic beauty, where numerous paths and paths lend themselves to relaxing walks. The remarkable position, overlooking the Borromeo Gulf, makes the city an interesting tourist destination, thanks to a unique and privileged position in front of the three Borromean islands.
Among the most important finds on its origins, certainly noteworthy are two tombstones, dating back to Roman times, walled in the façade of the parish: a tombstone of which it is almost impossible to read the description, and a plaque dedicated to the emperor Claudius .
Surely at that time the town played an important role in the area, so much so as to justify the presence of an ancient and vast parish, and a jurisdiction over the neighboring residential areas. In some documents dating back to the tenth century, a feminine “Bavena” appears, probably from “Villa Bavena”, of which in the same period properties and rights were distributed between personalities and institutions of different importance.
Here were the possessions of the Abbey of San Donato di Scozola of Sesto Calende, but also the archbishopric of Milan.
Not to be missed
The Baptistery is a building dating back to the Renaissance period, but in reality it is from the 5th century.Externally it appears in a square plan, but inside corresponds the original octagonal plan, with a dome frescoed around the sixteenth century, and niches alternating between rectangular and semicircular, obtained from the thickness of the masonry. Moreover, it has a high Romanesque vault completely frescoed, with the Eternal with the Crusader globe in the center.
Church of Santi Gervaso e Protaso
The Church of Santi Gervaso e Protaso was built around the 11th century and consecrated by Bishop Amidano on 25th July 1345. Renovated especially in the 17th and 18th centuries, the characteristic features of the Romanesque style are preserved on the façade and in a part of the side wall. The façade has a hut shape, with square stones in which elegant hanging and rampant arches are grafted
Portico of the Via Crucis
Adjacent to the Church of Santi Gervaso e Protaso it was built in 1839 after the cemetery was moved with its valuable round arches. Supported by granite columns, it enhances the beauty of the place. A small appendix that seems to belong to the arcade is instead the chapel of the Sepulcher.
Positioned in the ancient Domo quarter, the house, dated to the XVIII century, has four floors connected to the outside by stairs and a balcony on each floor.
English Gothic style building built of exposed red bricks. Originally called Villa Clara and built between 1870 and 1872 by the English engineer Charles Henfrey. Inside the park there are two chapels for the Anglican and Catholic rite. Illustrious guests of this villa, not open to the public, were formerly Frederick III and Queen Victoria.
Villa Della Casa
Created in 1875 by the Swiss architect Augusto Guidini for the entrepreneur Nicola Della Casa and now called Villa Bionda, it is made in Swiss style with beautiful carved balconies. On the main façade is the motto of the Casa Labor Prima Virtus company.
Positioned in the fraction of Oltrefiume, it is a composite structure with an extremely irregular plan, the subsequent union of different bodies; the main one can be dated to the second half of the seventeenth century.
Its facade, facing south, shows a central open gallery with three orders of superimposed monolithic columns, and on the sides two asymmetrical wings are articulated. The villa, originally owned by Margaritis, was acquired in the 19th century by the Mussi family; Giuseppe Mussi, Senator of the Kingdom and mayor of Milan, lived here, dying in 1904.