The history and development of Bissone are linked to fishing. Moreover, the village is well-known as the birthplace of whole generations of craftsmen and artists dedicated to various professions in the building trade. Among this artistic workforce, which bears names like Gaggini, Caratti, Orsatti, Castelli, Allio, Garovo, Tencalla, Bussi, Porro, Maderno, Verda, Somaini, Comanedi, Pario, Bono, etc., that of the architect, Francesco Borromini(1599-1667) apears; he is one of the absolute protagonists of the Roman Baroque period and more generally of the history of art of all times. In the last few decades Bissone has extended towards the hill and in the direction of Campione d'Italia. In spite of the threatening presence of important communication routes, the old centre has maintained its urban structure with its two remarkable religious buildings, its narrow streets, the typical porticoes and elegant façades along the square by the lake.
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