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Baveno is a municipality located on the western shore of Lake Maggiore in the Italian province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. As Bavenum Baveno was mentioned already in the Middle Ages. The commune of Baveno is nestled between Lake Maggiore with the offshore Borromean Islands on one side and mountains and hills on the other side. Baveno is a well-known bathing and holiday resort in the 19th century and has numerous mansions. Like Villa Henfrey-Branca, built by English engineer Charles Henfrey. Although it resembles the Anglo-Saxon castles, it does not belong to a classical architectural style. The red bricks, the marble terraces, the imposing pinnacles, the towers, the cornices, the balustrades and the English gardens are a real marvel and with their fairytale features the villa is an attraction for walkers. Here Richard Wagner, the German Crown Prince and later Emperor Friedrich, the Queen Victoria of England and Lord Byron have stopped. In addition, Umberto Giordano is said to have composed his opera "Andrea Chénier" in Baveno.
June 17, 2019
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