Our previous venues…

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In 2004 the Isola Bella staged the marvels of an open-air concert: on the north strip of the island an enchanting concert was performed, immersed in an atmosphere painted with the greens of the vegetation and the deep blues of the starry night, at the end a real firework was displayed over the lake. The venue on the Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island) was the San Vittore medieval church, which stands in the middle of a minute and coloured village composed of traditional fishermen housing, and surrounded by small multicoloured boats still full of fishing nets. Striking and exclusive venue for one Festival concert in 2008 was the Steamship Piemonte, built in 1904 and recently renovated, which was the location for a musical cruise along the Borromeo Gulf.

For several years the Festival organised its concerts at the Villa Pallavicino, wonderfully situated in front of the lake and, with its huge garden, undoubtedly the most visitated by tourists. In 2010 the Festival realized a concert in the beautiful courtyard of the Castello dei Visconti di San Vito in Massino Visconti, while in few occasion a Festival venue was the comfortable Sala Tiffany of the Regina Palace Hotel in Stresa. In Verbania, directly on the riverbank, the Villa Rusconi-Clerici, imposing 19th century mansion with a beautiful view on the lake, hosted us in its open-air pavillion. Villa San Remigio in Verbania rises on top of the Castagnola promontory and opened for the Festival audience its vast and magnificent gardens overlooking the lake from an incomparable point of view.

Up to 2008 among the Festival venues there was the beautiful Basilica di San Giulio on the Isola di San Giulio, in the middle of the Lake Orta, in a scenery of breathtaking beauty. In the following years the Festival performed also in the Chiesa di San Nicolao on the top of the marvellous Sacro Monte and in the Chiesa dell’Assunta, both in Orta S. Giulio. In Villadossola for decades the Auditorium “La Fabbrica” (in 2012 venue for the concert for the students) and the beautiful Church San Bartolomeo were location for the Festival.
The Church SS Crocifisso of the Collegio Rosmini, with its breathtaking view of the lake, for many years was dedicated to J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas complete cycle.

Stresa - Sala Tiffany, Regina Palace Hotel

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The Sala Tiffany, modern and comfortable venue situated in the Regina Palace Hotel dependance, is very near to Stresa Congress Hall and to the promenade.

ADDRESS

Regina Palace Hotel – Corso Umberto I 33 – 28838 STRESA (VB)
45° 53′ 3.969″ N – 8° 32′ 14.151″ E, 45.8844358, 8.5372643

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Stresa, Villa Pallavicino

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Few minutes from the Stresa pier, Villa Pallavicino, in front of one of the best-known panoramas of the lake, is surrounded by a vast botanic garden and by a zoo.

ADDRESS

Parco di Villa Pallavicino – SS33 – 28838 STRESA (VB)
45° 52′ 47.561″ N 8° 33′ 13.526″ E, 45.879878, 8.5537573

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Stresa - Church SS. Crocifisso - Collegio Rosmini

The Church of S.S. Crocifisso is part of the Collegio Rosmini, on the homonymous hill, in front of the Borromeo Gulf. In the church are preserved the remains of the internationally-known abbot and philosopher Antonio Rosmini, friend of famous Alessandro Manzoni.

ADDRESS

Collegio Rosmini – Via per Binda 47 – 28838 STRESA (VB)
45° 52′ 45.894″ N 8° 32′ 32.085″ E, 45.8794149, 8.5422458

Pedestrian entrance: Via Manzoni 10 – 28838 STRESA (VB)
45° 52′ 47.177″ N 8° 32′ 41.412″ E, 45.8797715, 8.5448368

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INFORMATION

Box-office opens at Collegio Rosmini one hour before the beginning of the concert. The church opens 30 minutes later.
Latecomers will not be admitted into the church until there is a suitable break in the music.
The use of cameras, video cameras and recording equipment is strictly forbidden.
Mobile phones and watch alarms should be turned off.

WHERE TO EAT

At Stresa you can find lot of pubs, restaurants and pizzerias.

Isola Bella

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The Isola Bella, the northerner island in Borromeo gulf, is the seat of Princes’s mansion. It is reached for the concert thanks to a boat organized on the occasion by the Festival, leaving Stresa main pier.

ADDRESS

Stresa Main Pier – Piazza Marconi – 28838 STRESA (VB)
45° 53′ 4.036″ N 8° 32′ 29.304″ E, 45.8844545, 8.5414732

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Isola dei Pescatori - Church San Vittore

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The San Vittore Martire Church is located in the small village of Isola dei Pescatori, in a narrow maze of alleys and fishermen’s houses. It is reached for the concert thanks to a boat organized on the occasion by the Festival, leaving Stresa main pier.

ADDRESS

Stresa Main Pier – Piazza Marconi – 28838 STRESA (VB)
45° 53′ 4.036″ N 8° 32′ 29.304″ E, 45.8844545, 8.5414732

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Steamship Piemonte

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Steamship Piemonte, pearl of the fleet of Gestione Navigazione Laghi on Lake Maggiore, was built in 1904 and still moves with an original steam engine, which is one of the latest, perfectly working, wonderful samples of early century machinery. The concert is scheduled on cruise along the Borromeo Gulf. Steamship Piemonte will leave both the imbarcadero di Stresa and the imbarcadero di Villa Taranto in Verbania.

ADDRESS

Stresa Main Pier – Piazza Marconi – 28838 STRESA (VB)
45° 53′ 4.036″ N 8° 32′ 29.304″ E, 45.8844545, 8.5414732

Villa Taranto Pier – Via Vittorio Veneto 92 – 28922 VERBANIA (VB)
45° 55′ 33.022″ N 8° 33′ 57.548″ E, 45.9258394, 8.5659856

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Verbania - Villa Rusconi Clerici

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Villa Rusconi-Clerici, owned by the Earls Rusconi-Clerici, fully adorned with neo-baroque décors, was built at the end of the XIXth century. The magnificent building is emphasized by an imposing marble staircase and its wooden and wrought-iron parapet. You can enjoy a really wonderful sight from the beautiful lawn sloping down to the lake with its camellia, rhododendron and magnolia trees.
The concert takes place in the superb pavillon in the heart of the garden, a graceful wrought-iron structure reminiscent of the great greenhouses of the late 19th century.
The Villa is situated on the lake shore in Verbania, few meters far from the touristic heart of Pallanza, from its shops, pub and restaurants.

ADDRESS

Villa Rusconi-Clerici
Via Vittorio Veneto 12, 16 – 28922 VERBANIA (VB)
45° 55′ 9.867″ N 8° 33′ 21.345″ E, 45.9194076, 8.5559291

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Verbania - Exedra at Villa San Remigio

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Villa San Remigio, built at the end of the XIXth century, sits atop the highest point of the Castagnola promontory and is set in beautiful garden. Wrapping around the northeast and southeast sides of the villa is a balcony from which incomparable views of the lake can be enjoyed.
The concert is in the Exedra: the musicians reach the pond and the surrounding statues walking along a gallery with portico carved out of rock.
Thanks to the co-operation with Garden & Book Festival the concert will be preceeded by a free guided tour of the park.

ADDRESS

Villa San Remigio – Via Viani 22 – 28922 VERBANIA (VB)
45° 55′ 19.714″ N 8° 33′ 46.547″ E, 45.9221427, 8.5629298

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Isola di San Giulio on Lake Orta - Basilica di San Giulio

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The Basilica di San Giulio is one of the most outstanding sacred monuments of the Novara province, dating 12th century, overlooking the peaceful homonymous islet and Lake Orta. It is reached for the concert thanks to private boats organized on the occasion by the Festival, leaving Orta.

ADDRESS

Orta S. Giulio Pier
Piazza Motta – 28016 ORTA SAN GIULIO (NO)
45° 47′ 52.265″ N 8° 24′ 20.770″ E
45.7978514, 8.4057695

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Orta San Giulio - Church San Nicolao

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The Church San Nicolao, dedicated to the Saints Nicholas and Francis of Assisi, has always been known as the Marian-Franciscan Sanctuary because of the cult for the Virgin Mary and because since 1590 it has been perfectly inserted into the thematic plan of the Sacred Mount of Orta and its devotional system.
Nothing remains of the 9th century little church of Saint Nicholas, but some romanic friezes of the attic and the foundations discovered in 1993 when reconstructing the floor. The architectural style of the present building, constructed in 1602-1607 recalls the Lower Basilica of Saint Francis at Assisi.

ADDRESS

Church San Nicolao al Sacro Monte
Via Sacro Monte 5 – 28016 ORTA SAN GIULIO (NO)
45° 47′ 52.265″ N 8° 24′ 20.770″ E, 45.7978514, 8.4057695

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Orta San Giulio - Church Santa Maria Assunta

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On the top of “Salita della Motta” is set the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1485 and reconstructed in the second half of the 18th century. The façade, built to designs by Carlo Nigra, features a 17th-century vestibule with coupled colonnettes.

ADDRESS

Church Santa Maria Assunta
Salita della Motta – 28016 ORTA SAN GIULIO (NO)
45° 47′ 54.654″ N 8° 24′ 25.951″ E, 45.7985151, 8.4072085

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Massino Visconti - Castello dei Visconti di San Vito

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The Castello dei Visconti di San Vito is situated in Massino Visconti, in the heart of the little village, on a slight terraced slope from where you can see a beautiful panorama of the lakes Varese, Monate and Maggiore.

ADDRESS

Castello dei Visconti di San Vito
Via Visconti 2 – 280408 MASSINO VISCONTI (NO)
45° 49′ 17.055″ N 8° 32′ 20.728″ E, 45.8214043, 8.539091

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Villadossola - Auditorium La Fabbrica

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The Auditorium La Fabbrica is situated in the heart of Villadossola, small town near Domodossola. Nearby you can find shops, supermarkets and restaurants

ADDRESS

Centro Culturale La Fabbrica
Corso Italia 13 – 28844 VILLADOSSOLA (VB)
46° 3′ 56.840″ N 8° 15′ 38.909″ E, 46.0673, 8.25881

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Villadossola - Church of San Bartolomeo

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This originally Romanesque Church San Bartolomeo, dating back to the 10th and 12th centuries, is located at the entrance of the valley known as Valle Antrona, outside the town of Villadossola. The Church as it is today results from a long series of works and only the upper part of the side walls, the eastern side with its semicircular apse and the bell-tower remain of the original structure. Some fragments of 15th century frescoes still exist in the apse The church is decorated with numerous interesting petroglyphs. On the main door there is a central cross with two Greek crosses either side carved together with symbols of the sun and serpentiform motifs.

ADDRESS

Church San Bartolomeo
Via San Bartolomeo – 28844 VILLADOSSOLA (VB)
46° 4′ 12.087″ N 8° 15′ 42.734″ E, 46.0700243, 8.2618706

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