Lake of Mergozzo: a small pearl surrounded by the mountains

In ancient times, this tiny lake was a gulf of Lake Maggiore. Now it is one of the cleanest lakes in Italy, since many years ago the use of engine boats was forbidden. Consequently at present its waters are considered a paradise for practising water sports. The village of Mergozzo looks down on to the lake. Its houses, typically made in Ossola stone, rest one against the other and are occasionally divided by steep streets that often turn into stairs. Pictoresque alleys lead to the village square, where an old elm grows under which the village magistrates used to sit as far back as 17th century.

Mergozzo was also the site of settlements of which we can find the findings in the Antiquarium, a museum housed in the Casa del Predicatore and which hosts some material dating back to prehistoric times, to the Bronze Age and Roman era, many of which were found in local cemeteries. The granites of Mergozzo, in their white and green colours, belong to the architectural history of Italy: an example, the columns of the Roman Church of San Paolo fuori le Mura and the marble with which the cathedral of Milan was built, extracted from the famous Candoglia quarries, still active today.


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28802 Mergozzo (VB)
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