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The Parish Church of Sant'Antonio in the village of Vacciago (March 2013)

The wonderful village of Vacciago is "fascinating in a low key sort of way", as one holidaymaker put it.  The older houses have great charm, and many holidaymakers staying in the apartments in the village have remarked how enjoyable it is to stroll through the narrow streets (see photos below) to get fresh bread and provisions in the morning from the village shop (and delicious home-made pasta, a superb selection of cold meats and cheeses, and sometimes the most wonderful home-made savoury tarts...!).  It's also wonderful to stroll to the little church of Sant'Antonio, especially in the early evening, to admire the fantastic view of the lake and island from its terrace.

The charming church in the middle of the village of Vacciago     This is your walk to the local shop in Vacciago!

Left, the beautiful little church in the middle of the village of Vacciago.
Right, and below, the narrow streets and charming houses in the village
(summer and winter pictures!)

Characteristic cobbled side street of Vacciago, with art deco ironwork (summer picture)   Characteristic cobbled side street of Vacciago, with art deco ironwork (winter picture, taken 15/2/2012)

Vacciago has more elegant houses and large villas than you would expect for such a small village, their origins going back to a time well-to-do families looked to escape from the cities in the Po plain to get away from it all, and Vacciago, with its clean air, fantastic setting above the wooded slopes of Lake Orta, and superb view of the island and Monte Rosa, fitted the bill nicely!  This has left Vacciago with a fantastic architectural heritage - and a tradition of hospitality.

The terrace of Sant'Antonio at Vacciago, with a superb view of Lake Orta - December 2008

Vacciago has also attracted many artists over the years, including Antonio Calderara.  His house and modern art collection are today open to visitors in the Fondazione Calderara, located in the centre of the village.

Fondazione Calderara, Vacciago 15/2/2012
The entrance to the Fondazione Calderara (modern art collection) at Vacciago

Santuario della Bocciola at Vacciago - December 2008 - recently restored, a beautiful baroque church with stunning lake view

Oratorio Sant'Anna at Vacciaghetto - December 2008

December 2008 - the former Bar Iris at Vacciago (which closed for business in early 2012)

Sant'Antonio at Vacciago - December 2008

Sant'Antonio at Vacciago - December 2008

The cemetery at Sant'Antonio di Vacciago (the occupants have one of the best views of the lake) - December 2008

Oratorio Sant'Anna at Vacciaghetto - January 2009

You may also find more about the local area on the web site of the Comune di Ameno.

Aerial View of Vacciago from Google Maps (believed to be Summer 2012)

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