Roman Walls Remains

Roman Walls Remains.

You can find Roman walls' remains in two spots: next to Cavout Square and in a green area between Solaroli and Dominioni streets.
The walls date back to the 1st century BC., when Novara, with Julius Caesar, became Municipium (49 BC.).
The walls were bult by applying the opus mixtum technique, they used tiver pebbles bound with mud and alternated with horizontal strips of bricks.
The walls covered a 2 km perimeter and showed 4 Gates, each to reach: Milan, Vercelli, Genoa and the Ossola areas.
Several finds are stored in Civici Museums (will pay a visit later in the Journey).


Cavour Square

Cavour Square.
Takes is name from the monument dedicated to count Camillo Cavour , dominating the square you find a marble statue representing the count riding a horse.
This is the starting point for the Baluardi (Quintino Sella and Partiginani) following old Spanish walls.


Cavour main street

Cavour main street.
Elegant, downtown street, it runs through the centre of Novara, along the route of the main Roman road.
It is overlooked by classical 18
thcentury buildings as well as the S.Maria al Monserrato Church, built during the spanish domination years, where you find S.Bernardino Statue carved by Beato Angelico's school.
The street used to be called Porta Sempione main street; Antonelli, in 1857 suggested to add poticoes.

The City Hall installed a webcam here  
Webcam corso Cavour



Angolo delle Ore (literally) Hour's street Corner

Picture: left - the clock

         right - excavation site.

Angolo delle Ore, literally Hour's street Corner.
It was the exact center of Romanesque Novara, where Cardus Maximus and Decumanus Maximus intersect.
In the past it was a rendezvous, due to the clock that decorates the palace between Italia and Cavour main streets.
During 2003's archaeological excavations, it was found the medieval Clock Tower base.


Natta-Isola Palace

Natta-Isola Palace.
Novara's Prefecture and Province home.
In Matteotti's Square you find Natta-Isola Palace.
Built by Counts Caccia di Mandello and Castellazzo, then owned by Natta d'Alfiano and Natta Isola di Casale, noble families.
The building's project is attributed to Pellegrino Pellegrini, architect, sculptor and painter, Known as Tibaldi; and dates back to the 16th century.
The Clock Tower, known back then as “Torre Grande” it's the oldest part of the Palace, built in 1268.
The inner courtyard has quadrangular plan, enclosed by a series of tapered Doric columns; the trabeation bears a frieze of alternated triglyphs and metopes.
A majestic stairway leads you to the upper floors, where rooms are painted with elegant frescoees.

Did you know that...?
Since 1873 the city's clocks are regulated by the one in the Natta-Isola's Tower.


Cabrino Palace

Palazzo Cabrino.
Novara Municipality's Administrative Offices.
Built between 1661 and 1664 by a noble family, the Cabrino.
It has a quadrangular structure around a central courtyard. The feauteres are Baroque.
The palcae was restored in the late '80's.
Some of the first-floor rooms still show frescoes by Giovanni Stefano Danedi, known as Montalto, italian 17th century painter.


Cesare Battisti Square

Cesare Battisti Square.
Until 1900 the square showed a wooden, duoble-leafed aedicula, displaying Saint Lorenzo, protector of fruit and vegetables seller.
The square's popular name is Piazzetta delle Erbe because it used to be a Market Square.
The porphyrius flooring present a different, triangular stone, it's Novara's exact centre, tradition says that walking on it will be a lucky break.
It is a triangular area sourrounded by porticoes, a folktale says that the colums come from Biandrate as war loot.

During the summer a stage is placed central to the square for music performances.




Paleochristian Baptistry

Paleochristian Baptistry.
The oldest part dates back to the 5th century.
It has octagonal plan enriched with rectangular-shaped or semi-circular – shaped niches.
The ceiling is supported by Corinthian Columns.
Central lays the baptismal font, also octagonal, obtained from a Romanesque aedicula.
However, the interiors are Baroque, the frescoes were painted in the 17th century.
You also find typical cotto statues.

Visits Timetable:
Monday to Friday: booking at musei[at]
Saturdays & Sundays: from 3 pm to 6 pm


Republic Square

Republic Square, known also as Duomo Suare
Popular location, crowded during the summer when it host events such as concert and comedy plays. During December you find X-mas Market with evocative wooden chalets.
For the schedule see "Link Utili" section of this website


Novara's Cathedral

Duomo di Novara, Cathedral of Novara.
Roman Catholic cathedral, seat of the Bishop of Novara.
It is consacrated to Santa Maria Assunta.
The architectural style is Neoclassical, designed by the architect Alessandro Antonelli and built between 1863 and 1869.
The majestic facade is marked by four granite columns, crowned by Corinthian capitals.
The interior forms an high nave with two aisles on either sides.
Above the epistyle we find 27 niches containig statues.
the floor present a large fragment of a Roman mosaic.
Paintings include works by B. Lanino and G. Ferrari from 16th century.

On the wall of the Chapel there's a Crucifixtion that dates back to the early

14th century.


L'et's start here. Explore Novara!

Capital city of the province of Novara, in the Piedmont region, nothwest Italy.
Population: (at the 31st may) 2011 105,052.
It is far 50 km from Milan and 95 km from Turin.
It is an important crossroads for commercial traffic along the routes from Milan to Turin and from Genoa to Switzerland.
The typical suburbubian and country landscape is the rice field.
In Novara took place the Bicocca's battle, fought between the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Sardinia, during the first Independence War (1848 - 1849) within the era of Italian unification.
The battle lead to an armistice between Vittorio Emanuele II and Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, signed in Vignale.