4-star hotel in the centre of Novara
EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD VISIT, BETWEEN THE CENTRE AND OUTSKIRTS OF NOVARA
From our hotel in the centre of Novara, it is very convenient to stroll through the charming streets of the city and discover the main places of interest that you should not miss. Within a pleasant walk from the hotel, you can check out the main shopping streets, until you reach the Cathedral, the Castle and the San Gaudenzio Dome in just 10 minutes by foot. A centre rich in history and life - events, art exhibitions, local bars and cafés will provide you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere in every corner of the city. A stay full of experiences, pleasure for the eyes and also for the palate! For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us or ask at reception upon your arrival!
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DOME OF SAN GAUDENZIO
A major basilica in the centre of Novara, dating back to the XVII century, completed with the construction of a huge dome in the second half of the 19th century. The Basilica of San Gaudenzio is a miracle of engineering that defies the limits of brick constructions; designed by A. Antonelli, it is still one of the most daring and complex wall projects in the world. The inside of the 126 meter high dome can be visited explored and is the undisputed symbol of the city of Novara. One of the must-see destinations, located only a 10-minute walk from Hotel Europa.
Also known as the Cathedral of St. Mary Ascension, the "Duomo" of Novara, like the Basilica, was designed by A. Antonelli during the 19th century. This imposing and refined neo-classical marble building stands elegantly in the historic centre of Novara, just a 10-minute walk from the Hotel Europa. The "Duomo" is a destination undoubtedly not to be missed by art lovers. You can admire several ancient paintings such as the "Sposalizio di Santa Caterina" (the Marriage of St. Catherine), dated 1530.
The Broletto de Novara is one of the most romantic places in the city. Four historic buildings, built in different periods, surround a beautiful interior courtyard, the Arengo, which has always been the centre of city life. A mix of architectural styles just steps from the Duomo and just a 7-minute walk from the Hotel Europa, today hosting a contemporary art gallery, town hall, bars and cafes.
THE CASTLE OF NOVARA
The Castle Sforzesco Visconti, based in the city centre of Novara, is one of the most charming castles of Piedmont - rich in history, legends and mysteries. It is a medieval building erected on an old building of the Roman era, transformed into a prison during the Napoleonic era. Today the Castle has become the Archaeological Museum of Novara and an important cultural centre. Near the Castle, just 10 minutes’ walk, there is the green hub of the city, the Park Allea San Luca, a very neat French garden, perfect for relaxing.
The Coccia Theater is the historical theater of the city of Novara, one of the most important theaters in Italian tradition, as well as the most important theater in Piedmont. You will be surprised to discover inside the theater a majestic horseshoe room, surrounded by three rows decorated in a Renaissance style, with decorations in gold, ivory and velvet in a traditional pink colour. The Theater is located in the city centre, just 8 minutes’ walk from the Hotel Europa.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The Natural History Museum "Faraggiana Ferrandi" is located in the historical centre of Novara, in a charming building from the 19th century. It is the second largest regional museum and the second largest from the variety of its content. Botany, entomology, geology, zoology and palaeontology are the main focuses of the museum. Highly recommended for families with children, particularly for visits to the educational garden and to view the important collection of fossils and dinosaur skeletons. Its green enclosures also offer breathtaking views of the city and the dome of Saint Gaudenzio.
Lake Orta is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Piedmont because of its feudal history and its high-quality wine and food. A place of feudal history, enogastronomy, peace and romance just30 minutes by car from the centre of Novara. We recommend a visit to this place, which is so characteristic for the uniqueness and beauty of its landscape. In the middle of the lake lies the beautiful island of San Giulio, a medieval village, and art and crafts treasure. The island is easily accessible from the boats that you will find on site.
GASTRONOMIC TOUR OF THE HILLS AROUND NOVARA
Traveling through the hills of Novara is a great way to enjoy nature and the products of our territory all year round. In addition to losing yourself in these breathtaking landscapes with healthy hikes and walks, you will be able to taste the most traditional wine and gastronomic products from the heritage of the city of Novara and surroundings. With cellars, exhibitions and food and wine events, you will have the chance to taste everything from gorgonzola to various types of salami, from rice to desserts, from honey to the local wines and grappa.