Photographer's Note

''The town, today an important tourist resort principally for lovers of camping, in the past was a small village inhabited by fishermen and stonemasons, the two main jobs for a population which could rely on the generosity of the lake waters and on the richness of valuable granite on the surrounding mountains (pink and red granite of Baveno, golden-white of Feriolo, snow-white of Montorfano).
Feriolo has an ancient origin, which is witnessed by the numerous archaeological finds in the area dating back up to the prehistoric period. The remains of the ancient castle, situated on the headland in front of the town, do not leave any doubt about the strategic importance of the site during the Roman period, as a through station for troops heading towards Alpine passes.
Certainly it is worth visiting the small oratory of Our Lady della Scarpa (1,5 km from the town, on the straight road for Gravellona). The 18th-century building, erected right against the mountain, preserves an image of the Virgin which can be dated 16th century.
The fine Church of San Carlo, decorated with frescoes, statues and polychrome large windows, presents a curiosity: a mark on the front recalls the level of the lake waters in 1868, when they were seven metres high than the standard low water, while the date recalling the 1993 floods is quoted on the perimetric wall of the terrace.

Finally, we must mention the "underwater town", a dramatic remembrance of the tragedy that in 1867, during the construction of the new port, hit the town. A landslide swept away part of the town and sunk it in the lake: the remains of the houses swallowed up by the chasm can still be seen at a depth of 18 metres''

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Additional Photos by ALESSANDRO MACCHI (SWEETFREEDOM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1587 W: 0 N: 3172] (24623)
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