Cannero Riviera. The castles



These spectacular castles, known as 'Malpaga', emerge on the waters of the lake giving the impression of floating. A couple of kilometres from the urban centre, they stand on two small islands and today are only ruins. Fortified during the Middle Ages, they served to control trade in Switzerland. After a series of long and bloody sieges they underwent various changes of ownership until they became the property of the Borremeo family in the 16th century. The family still owns it today. The purity of the surrounding waters has earned it a blue flag.


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