Luino (Western Lombard: Lüin) is a small town near the border with Switzerland on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore , in the Province of Varese (Lombardy, northern Italy). Its population in 2004 was 14,179. Luino received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree in 1969.
Luino is well known for its weekly market, currently held on Wednesdays, which is purportedly the largest of its kind in Europe. It is also surrounded by impressive scenery, and this combination makes the town a popular destination for tourists, especially from Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.
The town’s railway station is also of historic importance , being on what was once the sole route to the Gotthard Rail Tunnel over the Monte Ceneri Pass, which will be replaced by the Ceneri Base Tunnel in the near future. It is still served both by Italian and Swiss state railway companies.