Novara: our city.
Between Turin and Milan.
Novara is one of the northerns town of Italy with 105.000 inhabitants, more than 170.00 with the the hinterland, 46 km west from Milan, very close to the Malpensa Airport, and capital of the province of Novara in the Piedmont Region.
It is the second most populous town in the Region after Turin and stands on an important crossroads between Milan and Turin, Switzerland and Genoa.
A land of culture, excellent wines and architecture.
Wine, Food & Shoes
Novara is famous in the world for its red wines and rice agriculture, and for being the first Italian city with a Cobblers University. In fact, during medieval age, Novara was the Northern Italian capital of shoe-makers.
In Novara down town: the ancient City Hall - Broletto -, the Castle -Castello Sforzesco, the theatre - Teatro Coccia, and its medieval streets - piazza delle erbe, piazza del Duomo, portici di via Rosselli, Corso Italia -, and one of the highest ancient towers of Italy - Cupola di San Gaudenzio. The most important turistic locations in the Province are: the Orta Lake, 38 kms north-east , the Maggiore Lake 34 kms north-west. Novara is also just half an hour from many little alps ski stations like Alagna.
Our Family and language
The Besozzi family is one of the most ancient and noble Longobard surnames of the Insubria Region. Insubria is a zone between Italian language part of Switzerland, and Italian northerns regions of Piedmont and Lombardy, once populated by the Celtic tribe called "Insubri", defeated and invaded by the Romans in 196 B.C. When the Longobards came down crossing Switzerland alps, during the Roman Empire colapse, the Besozzi Family took place in many important cities of Insubria like Como, Varese, Novara, Milan. Even if with ancient German origins, the Besozzi family became very important during medieval italian history with many famous Counts, Bishops, army and political Leaders, especially at the time of the Milan Dukedom. Actual Besozzi descendants are still living in this same area.