The province of Novara is located in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. Its origins are ancient, having been inhabited a few thousand years before Christ by Ligurian tribes. Novara is one of the provinces that contain a Sacro Monte, a religious complex that normally depicts the life of Christ or of the Virgin Mary in various chapels. The Sacro Monte in the province of Novara, more specifically in the town of Orta San Giulio, is slightly different from the other Sacro Monte complexes, as it depicts the life of Saint Francis of Assisi; in any case, it has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symbol of the capital city, also called Novara, is the cupola of the Basilica of San Gaudenzio, built in the 1500's and measuring 122 meters in height. You should also check out the neo-Classical Cathedral, built in the 19th century. Head out of the city to check out other towns such as Meina and Massino Visconti; sights here include the Church of Margherita and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo. If you happen to be in Piedmont looking for something fun to do for a weekend, Novara may be the perfect answer.
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