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The antique frescoes in Gozzano

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No travel guide reports the antique frescoes paintings on the wall of a house located at the Lido di Gozzano. This is not a palace or a villa, but a modest and little building hosting these beautiful frescoes (executed in the sixteenth century, with the emblems of the Bishops of Novara and a devotional portrait of the Mother of Christ). It's not unusual to find small and unknown "gems" like this on Lake Orta. Nothing flashy, but one of the several testimonies of the ancient history of this lake, for centuries under the exclusive domain of the Bishops of Novara, with its own rules and laws different from all the surrounding territories.It is not a coincidence that the political and administrative center was Orta San Giulio (with its antique Palazzotto) and the symbol of Orta S.G. (visible in the gardens of its current City Hall) is a small garden (Hortus Conclusus) enclosed by high walls.
This lake lived for centuries off the surrounding world and was the last piece of Italy annexed by Savoy after 1861.
The lido di Gozzano was the place where the Bishops of Novara used to ship going to the Island of St. Giulio. This is the reason of frescoes painted here.

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(an antique print - 1792: the departure of the Bishop Carlo M. Buronzo
with the "bucintoro", a richly decorated boat, from Lido di Gozzano)

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