Verbania is a city and comune
In Italy, the comune is the basic administrative division, and may be properly approximated in casual speech by the English word township or municipality.-Importance and function:...

(commune) on the shore of Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest of Italy and largest of southern Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great prealpine lakes of Italy, it extends for about 70 km between Locarno and Arona.The climate is mild...

, Piedmont
Piedmont is one of the 20 regions of Italy. It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres and a population of about 4.4 million. The capital of Piedmont is Turin. The main local language is Piedmontese. Occitan is also spoken by a minority in the Occitan Valleys situated in the Provinces of...

, in northwest Italy
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, about 91 km (57 mi) north-west of Milan and about 40 km (25 mi) from Locarno
Locarno is the capital of the Locarno district, located on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore in the Swiss canton of Ticino, close to Ascona at the foot of the Alps. It has a population of about 15,000...

 in Switzerland
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It faces the city of Stresa
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 inhabitants on the shores of the Lago Maggiore in the region of Piedmont, northern Italy; it is situated on the road and rail routes to the Simplon pass, about 90 km north-west of Milan. Since the early 20th century, the main source of income has been the...

 lying at a distance of 3.7 km (2 mi) across Lake Maggiore (16 km (10 mi) by road). The present-day Verbania was created by the 1939 merger of the cities of Intra, Pallanza and Suna, and other frazioni
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. Since 1992 it has been the capital of the province
Provinces of Italy
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 of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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. An small islet lying a stone's throw from the shores of Verbania (the Pallanza subdivision
A frazione , in Italy, is the name given in administrative law to a type of territorial subdivision of a comune; for other administrative divisions, see municipio, circoscrizione, quartiere...

) and separated from it by a narrow stretch of water just 10 or 15 metres' wide, known as the Isolino di San Giovanni
Isolino di San Giovanni
The Isolino di San Giovanni is a small island belonging to the Borromean group of Lake Maggiore, one of the main subalpine lakes of northern Italy. It is situated some way to the north of the others in the group, 30 metres west of the shoreline of Pallanza, a frazione of Verbania...

, is famous for having been the home of Arturo Toscanini
Arturo Toscanini
Arturo Toscanini was an Italian conductor. One of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century, he was renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral detail and sonority, and his photographic memory...

 between the years of 1927 and 1952.


Verbania-Pallanza railway station
Verbania-Pallanza railway station
Verbania-Pallanza railway station serves the city and comune of Verbania, in the Piedmont region, northwestern Italy. Opened in 1905, it forms part of the Milan–Domodossola railway....

, opened in 1905, forms part of the Milan–Domodossola railway. It is in the Fondotoce district, between Lake Mergozzo and the river Toce
The Toce is a river in Piedmont, Italy, which stretches the length of the Val d'Ossola from the Swiss border to Lake Maggiore into which it debouches near Fondotoce in the Commune of Verbania. The river is c. 76 kilometres in length and is formed in the upper Val Formazza by the confluence of a...

, just upstream from where the Toce flows into Lake Maggiore.

Twin towns

Verbania is twinned
Town twinning
Twin towns and sister cities are two of many terms used to describe the cooperative agreements between towns, cities, and even counties in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.- Terminology :...

 with the following cities and towns:
Bourg-de-Péage is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.-Population:-International relations:Bourg-de-Péage is twinned with: Schwaz, Austria Mindelheim, Germany Verbania, Italy Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain East Grinstead, United Kingdom-References:*...

, France
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Crikvenica is the largest settlement on the coast of the Vinodol coastal area, Croatia, and grew up on an area which was a settlement in the Roman era called Ad Turres. Population 7,121 , total municipality population 11,348 with 90% Croats...

, Croatia
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  East Grinstead
East Grinstead
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, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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Mindelheim is a town in the German Bundesland of Bavaria. The town is the capital of the Unterallgäu district. At various points in history it was the chief settlement of an eponymous state.- Geography :...

, Germany
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  Sant Feliu de Guíxols
Sant Feliu de Guíxols
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, Spain
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Schwaz is a city in Tyrol, Austria. It is the administrative center of the Schwaz district . Schwaz is located in the lower Inn valley, and has a population of about 13,000....

, Austria
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  Piatra Neamţ
Piatra Neamt
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, Romania
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Notable people

  • Samuele Beretta
    Samuele Beretta
    Samuele Beretta is an Italian footballer who plays for Cuneo, on loan from Internazionale.-Early career:Born in Verbania, Piedmont, Beretta started his career with Borgomanero. In 2005, he was signed by Internazionale. He spent the first season with Allievi Regionali team, as the team third...

     (b. 1990), footballer
  • Beniamino Bonomi
    Beniamino Bonomi
    Beniamino Bonomi is an Italian sprint canoer who competed from the late 1980s to the mid 2000s. Competing in five Summer Olympics, he won four medals with one gold and three silvers .Bonomi also won seven medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a gold Beniamino Bonomi (born March...

     (b. 1968), canoeist
  • Emanuela Brizio
    Emanuela Brizio
    Emanuela Brizio from Aurano is an Italian long-distance runner. She became female champion of the year of the 2009 Skyrunner World Series.- Selected results :* 2004:** 1st, Zegama-Aizkorri, Spain...

     (b. 1968), mountain runner
  • Luigi Cadorna
    Luigi Cadorna
    Luigi Cadorna GCB was an ItalianField Marshal, most famous for being thechief of staff of the Italian army during the first part of World War I.-Biography:...

     (1850–1928), Field Marshal of Italy during World War I
  • Raffaele Cadorna, Jr.
    Raffaele Cadorna, Jr.
    Raffaele Cadorna, Jr. was an Italian general who fought during World War I and World War II. He is famous as one of the commanders of the Italian Resistance against German occupying forces in north Italy after 1943....

     (1889–1973), general
  • Angelo Pagotto
    Angelo Pagotto
    Angelo Pagotto is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He is four years into an eight year ban from football for failing a drugs test.-Club:...

     (b. 1973), footballer

See also

  • S.S. Verbania Calcio
    S.S. Verbania Calcio
    Società Sportiva Verbania Calcio, shortened as Verbania, is an Italian association football club located in the town of Verbania, Piedmont.-History:...

  • Verbania-Pallanza railway station
    Verbania-Pallanza railway station
    Verbania-Pallanza railway station serves the city and comune of Verbania, in the Piedmont region, northwestern Italy. Opened in 1905, it forms part of the Milan–Domodossola railway....

  • Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto
    Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto
    The Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto are botanical gardens located on the western shore of Lake Maggiore in Pallanza, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy...

  • István Türr#Pallanza Dignitary

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