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Places to visit and things to do around Laveno-Mombello, Italy

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Laveno-Mombello, Italy, from cable cars
View on Laveno-Mombello from the cable cars

Laveno-Mombello is a beautiful city in the North of Italy. It is situated at the shore of Maggiore lake. We have spent there a beautiful week, you can read about it in our post here. In this post we will tell you what you can visit being in this beautiful place. Here we go.

First thing to do: Cable cars in Laveno-Mombello, Italy

Cable cars in Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Cable cars in Laveno-Mombello, Italy

One of the most obvious things to do in Laveno-Mombello, Italy, is to get on the top of the mountain with the cable road. It is not that visible from the ground, so if you do not know about it, you might not find it.

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Going up to the top of the mountain by cable cars

Our friend Samuele brought us to the cable cars that surprisingly were just around the corner next to our apartment. They ascend to the height of 1000 meters!

Cable cars in Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Cable cars in Laveno-Mombello, Italy

On the way, the cable road goes quite steeply up (and down on the way back). Cabins are open or closed, you can choose what you like more.

The end of cable cars road on the top of the mountain, Laveno-Mombello
The end of cable cars road on the top of the mountain, Laveno-Mombello
View from the mountain top in Laveno-Mombello

The view from the top is amazing! From there people do parasailing and it looks like a lot of fun. There is a restaurant and a hotel on the top of the mountain. The prices were quite ok, when we checked it.

Going down with cable cars
Church in Laveno-Mombello
Church in Laveno-Mombello, view from the cable cars

It takes around 15 minutes to get up, so you have enough time to enjoy the view on the way. There is also an option to walk up if you are fond of trekking. We were happy with getting there by cable car.

Second thing to do: visit Forte Castello and its park

Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello

The fortress Castello was the central element of the Austrian defense system in the times when the Empire owned this part of Italy. The walls of fortress comes from the Medieval times. The tower inside was raised as a memorial to the battle of Garibaldi’s Hunters against Austrians.

Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello
Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello

The park and the fortress itself are quite hidden from the town. You only see a hill with a lot of trees. We went there out of curiosity, because we supposed it should have had a nice view to the town from above.

Monument to Garibaldi, Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Monument to Garibaldi, Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello

The park turned out to be a quiet and peaceful place. We haven’t met many people, just a few ones doing some jogging or walking with dogs. There are many pine trees and, evidently, many squirrels as we saw a lot of open nuts everywhere.

Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Forte Castello, Laveno-Mombello

The tower is locked with a fence, but if you are determined enough, you can get inside. We saw traces of human’s activity on its territory. We didn’t get inside, for we just wanted to see the surroundings.

Forte Castello Park, view to the cable cars Laveno-Mombello
Forte Castello Park, view to the mountain with cable cars, Laveno-Mombello

You can have rest on benches that stand every here and there. Unfortunately, we haven’t found any with a view to the town because of the trees, but it is not important. The atmosphere in the park is worth just staying there and and relaxing.

Forte Castello Park, view to Laveno-Mombello
Forte Castello Park, view to Laveno-Mombello

We found a place with a view to the town, even though we saw it through the trees and bushes. Laveno-Mombello, this little pearl of Italy, looked amazing from there, do not miss out on it.

Third thing to do (by order, but not value) around Laveno-Mombello, Italy: visit Agra

Geese in Laveno-Mombello
Hanging out with some friends 😀 The morning we went to Agra was quite clouded, but it didn’t stop us 🙂

Maggiore lake is a fabulous place to visit. It is incredibly beautiful looking from the ground level and the mountain top with the cable cars. However, there is a place, from where you can have another breathtaking view to it: a tiny village in the mountains.

One of the streets in Agra, Italy
One of the streets in Agra, Italy

Our friend Samuele enlightened us about it, and we are very grateful to him for this. He also prepared a detailed guide on how to get to this beautiful place. We hadn’t checked the pictures of Agra on purpose, to not spoil the surprise. It was the right decision!

Luino, Maggiore Lake, Italy
Luino, Italy

To get there we took 2 busses with a change in Luino, a small town at the shore of Maggiore. Busses from Luino to Agra circulate only during the school time. We took the one with arrival around 10 am.

Bus ride from Laveno-Mombello to Agra, Italy

Most of the time we were the only passengers on the busses. It was quite surprising. We expected to travel with students or locals, but apparently they all were somewhere else.

Agra, Italy
Agra, Italy
Forest in Agra, Italy
Forest in Agra, Italy

When we arrived to Agra we followed the map drawn my Samuele to get to the forest. There are two paths that you can go, we started with more Southern part.

Forest in Agra, Italy
Gigantic trees and a tiny human 🙂

The forest itself is amazing. It looks like a fairy tale.

Forest in Agra, Italy
An open-air gym. Why not? 🙂
Bench in forest of Agra, Italy
A nice bench to take some rest after doing exercises 😀

There must be some wild animals somewhere close, we heard some noises. Otherwise it is super quiet there.

Maggiore lake, view from the forest of Agra
Maggiore lake, view from the forest of Agra

We visited two viewpoints: Giro del Sole and Belvedere Mandelli. From both of them you can see an amazing perspective to Maggiore and the mountains.

Maggiore lake, view from the forest of Agra
Maggiore lake, view from the forest of Agra

Unfortunately, when we were there, it was cloudy, but nevertheless, the view was outstanding.

View on Maggiore lake from Agra, Italy
View on Maggiore lake and its surroundings from Agra, Italy
View on Maggiore lake and its surroundings from Agra, Italy
View on Maggiore lake and its surroundings from Agra, Italy

We’ve spent around two hours in the forest and at the viewpoints. During this all time we saw like 4 people. So we think it is a not very known touristic attraction, which is so hard to find. We enjoyed being there alone, among tall trees and birds. If you turn out in this region of Italy, close to Laveno-Mombello, this is a must-do for sure.

Laveno-Mombello is definitely worth of visiting

Caffe Bellevue, Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Laveno-Mombello, Italy

As you can see, Laveno-Mombello is a great place to visit in Italy with various things to do. You can enjoy Italian food and then burn some calories going uphill. During the Summer time you can sail or swim. There are beaches all along the lake Maggiore.

Lake Maggiore, Italy
Lake Maggiore, Italy

We had a marvelous time there and strongly recommend you to visit Laveno-Mombello too.

Lake Maggiore, Italy
Lake Maggiore, Italy

It is a perfect place to slow down your life a bit and enjoy big and little moments at this beautiful lakeside.

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