Located along the shores of Lake Verbano, Canobbio is the last Italian town on the west side of the lake, at over 214 meters above sea level.
The origins of the town are very ancient and it is thought that it was founded in Roman times, as evidenced by some recent findings.
In the historic center there are numerous architectural buildings: the nucleus of the fourteenth-century bell tower and Palazzo della Ragione (1291), Casa Pironi, an elegant medieval building and the facades of the Omacini lakefront. For the quality of the water and the positive environmental characteristics, Cannobio was awarded the Blue Flag from 2002 to 2007, a prestigious international recognition.
On the lakefront and along the streets that go up to the state road, you can admire the sixteenth-seventeenth-century buildings. Walking through the ancient cobbled streets it is possible to discover the 12th century Palazzo della Ragione and the Torre del Comune, the 15th century Casa dei Pironi, the 16th century Sanctuary on the lake, the 18th century Collegiate Church of San Vittore.
In Traffiume there is the Orrido di Sant’Anna: it is a bubbling waterfall, carved into the rocks by the waters of the Cannobino stream; nearby there is a small church from 1665 dedicated to the Saint.
A pleasant excursion, from the lakeside promenade on the road to Cannero, leads to the village of Carmine Superiore which stands alone on a spur of rock overlooking the lake. Here the Church of San Gottardo was built.
Although called Castelli di Cannero, the two rocky islets that still bear the remains of ancient fortifications now in ruins belong to the municipal territory of Cannobio.