The city of Novara has as its symbol the Basilica of San Gaudenzio overlooking the city with its dome with the height of 121 meters. The designer of this structure was the architect Antonelli, the same as the Mole Antonelliana in Turin. Another important monument in the city is the imposing neoclassicalCathedral near which is the Baptistery, the oldest of the Piedmont. Added to this are the Castello Sforzesco and the Visconti-Broletto, architectural complex consisting of four historic buildings arranged wishbone where once was practiced the political life in the Middle Ages. The province of Novara is rich of castles, the most representative are: the Castle of Barengo, the Castle of Solaroli di Briona, the Castle of Catignaga, the Castle of Galliate and the Castle of Ghemme. Also very important are the religious buildings. The most important are those located on the Holy Mount of Orta, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the original one of the sixteenth century. Important for tourism in the province are both the Lake Maggiore with the town of Arona whose symbol is the “San Carlone“, majestic statue of San Carlo Borromeo 36 meters high and Lake Orta with the pretty little town of Orta San Giulio in front of which lies the beautiful island of San Giulio. For sports you can use the many cycle paths and trails that take advantage of the flat area of the province. In the Sesia Valley is however possible to try water sports such as rafting and canoeing.