Boca DOC Vineyards

Pubblicato : Tuesday, 30 January, 2024 - 18:14


Along the hills surrounding the imposing Sanctuary we can find the vineyards of Boca DOC. Some pleasant walks pass through these places, pleasant in all the different seasons, with a relaxing panorama, with the gentle hills nearby and the distant backdrop of the Alps. The light ruby-coloured wine that is produced, particularly suitable for ageing, has a bouquet of violets, berries and spicy notes, with a long, persistent finish.


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Sanctuary of Boca

Pubblicato : Tuesday, 30 January, 2024 - 15:06
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Hidden amidst woods and meadows, far from the town and accessible only by a secondary road, it is yet another local work by the architect Antonelli, famous for the Mole Antonelliana in Turin and the Cupola di San Gaudenzio in Novara. Based on a much grander project than the one that has come down to us, the majestic building, although in its extreme essentiality, stands out for its heavy physical presence, in stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of few houses and much nature.


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Novara. Corso Cavour and Corso Mazzini

Pubblicato : Tuesday, 16 January, 2024 - 15:13


Although in the city street plan these two avenues are two separate streets, for those who walk along this wide pedestrian street, it is to all intents and purposes a single and important city thoroughfare. Especially along Corso Mazzini stand some of the city's most important buildings, such as Palazzo Cabrino, erected in the 17th century according to Baroque forms and now housing the City Hall, the 16th-century Palazzo Natta-Isola, seat of the Province and Prefecture, or the church of San Pietro al Rosario.


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Novara. Piazza delle Erbe

Pubblicato : Tuesday, 16 January, 2024 - 13:41


Surrounded by arcaded houses, it takes the form of a triangular space, the western apex of which leads to the Piazza del Duomo. In the Middle Ages, it housed the butchers', shoemakers' and merchants' stalls, which made this trading area the centre of town life. In 1506, the square was restructured, the wooden and terracotta columns replaced with serizzo tiles, until an effect not too dissimilar to today was achieved, with rows of arcades with round arches.


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Novara. Visconti-Sforza Castle

Pubblicato : Monday, 15 January, 2024 - 19:59


During the rule of the Visconti family, a castle was erected on the site of an earlier fortification. Major changes were made in the 15th century, during the rule of Galeazzo Sforza, who erected a large wall and turned it into a real strategic stronghold. Reused as a prison until its abandonment in the 1970s, it was only in 2016 that it was recovered from decades of disuse. Today it houses the Archaeological Museum, the Civic Collection as well as spaces for fairs, exhibitions and special events.


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Coccia Theatre

Pubblicato : Monday, 15 January, 2024 - 15:16


This city pride is not only the main opera house in Novara, but also the most important 'historic' theatre in the entire region of Piedmont. At the end of the 19th century, the previous building that stood here no longer met the city's needs. So it was demolished to create a new one, dedicated to Carlo Coccia, composer and director of the newly founded Novara music school. The interior of the hall, with excellent acoustics, is horseshoe-shaped with four orders ending with the gallery.


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Novara. Baptistery

Pubblicato : Sunday, 14 January, 2024 - 22:17


Saved from the renovation of the square by Antonelli, it stands right in front of Novara Cathedral, in the small courtyard protected by the elegant colonnade. The oldest monument in the city, the early Christian building dates back to the 4th-5th centuries AD. Inside, with an octagonal base, rectangular and semicircular chapels alternate and ancient frescoes illustrating scenes from the Apocalypse (9th century) and the Last Judgement (15th century) are still visible.


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Novara. Dome

Pubblicato : Sunday, 14 January, 2024 - 09:45


The history of this building is very old; a basilica stood here already around the year 350 AD. It was later destroyed and rebuilt in the 11th-12th centuries, and it too was remodelled and modified several times. Its current form is the work of the 19th century architect Antonelli, already the author of the Dome of San Gaudenzio in Novara and the Mole Antonelliana in Turin. All that remains of the previous Romanesque cathedral is the mosaic in the presbytery. Inside are valuable paintings by Bernardino Lanino and Gaudenzio Ferrari.


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