Luino located in the province of Varese ( Lombardy ) and is equipped with 14,244 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2012) is the largest city on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore. The city is famous for its weekly Wednesday market held.

  • 3.1 Museums
  • 3.2 churches
  • 3.3 Other points of interest


Luino was founded by the Romans under the name Luvinum. Since the city on the shortest path from Lake Maggiore to Lake Lugano and the cities of Como and Milan were well connected, Luino was conflicting and changing rulers in the Middle Ages bone of contention. Therefore, the city from 1439 was dominated by the Rusca from Como; then in the 16th century by the Swiss.



Luino obtained, although the village is in Italy, thanks to the railroad connection from Giubiasco at the Gotthard Railway Switzerland -wide notoriety. From 1885 to 1950 ( electrified in 1918 ) combined a narrow-gauge railway Luino with Ponte Tresa on Lake Lugano.


The nearest links to the long-distance road transport are:

  • A8 Milano - Varese, Varese connection and direction Valganna / Ghirla (28 miles)
  • Motorway A26 Genoa - Grave Toce direction Milan, exit Sesto Calende - Vergiate (43,5 km )

Culture and sights


  • Railway Museum Verbano
  • City Archaeological museum with art gallery and fossils


  • Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul
  • St. Catherine ( at Colmegna )
  • St. Peter (frescoes by Bernardino Luini )
  • St. Joseph with organ (1683 ) restored by Vincenzo Mascioni
  • Sanctuary of St. Maria del Carmine with frescoes and organ ( 1857) by Francesco Carnisi
  • St. Mary of the Assumption
  • Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes ( at Creva )

Other places of interest


Winter in Luino

Market in March 2009

Market in March 2009

Sports clubs

  • Aeromodellisti Luino - flight model
  • Associazione Danza Luino Sports - Dance
  • Associazione Velica Alto Verbano ( AVAV ) - Sailing and windsurfing
  • Atletica Luino - Athletics
  • Luino FBC - Football
  • Sub Alto Verbano - Diving
  • Tennis Club Lago Maggiore - Tennis
  • Verbano Luino - Basketball


Luino maintains a partnership with the southern French city of Sanary -sur -Mer.

Sons and daughters of the town