Aurano. Ziplane

Pubblicato : Martedì, 27 Febbraio, 2024 - 10:19


An attraction designed for adrenaline junkies, but which in reality can be enjoyed by almost anyone, even the youngest. Harnessed to a steel cable almost two kilometres long, you glide in eagle flight over the beautiful Intrasca valley, reaching up to 120 kilometres per hour. Suspended at a height of 350 metres, in the few minutes it takes to fill the flight space, you enjoy a unique view, that of the unspoilt green of the Val Grande with the splendid Lake Maggiore framing the background.



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Alpe Veglia and Alpe Devero Natural Park

Pubblicato : Lunedì, 26 Febbraio, 2024 - 18:32


The park comprises two mountain basins, Alpe Veglia in the Lepontine Alps at the head of the Val Cairasca on the Swiss border, and Alpe Devero in the Ossola Valley. An Alpine environment gentle in its undulating high-altitude meadows and austere in the severity of the great mountains and immense windswept mountain ranges. An environment modelled by man, the result of the work of countless generations of mountaineers, where the natural environment is characterised by wide pastures bordered by larch woods, with undergrowth of rhododendrons and blueberries, which fade into the high-altitude meadows. The great variety of environments determines the presence of numerous flora and fauna species of great naturalistic interest.



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Re. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Blood

Pubblicato : Lunedì, 26 Febbraio, 2024 - 14:33


Located at the eastern end of the Vigezzo Valley, it originated from a miraculous event that occurred back in 1494. A young man intent on playing a traditional game, the piodella, angry at his defeat threw a stone towards the church, hitting the very portrait of the Madonna painted on the church of San Maurizio. The next morning, the fresco of the Madonna began to bleed from his forehead and continued to gush profusely for about twenty days. The bishop of Novara then decided to build a majestic and imposing sanctuary. It was built from two buildings, one originally from the 17th century and the other from the 20th century entirely in granite, integrated with a dome with four towers.



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Santa Maria Maggiore

Pubblicato : Domenica, 25 Febbraio, 2024 - 10:31


The village of Santa Maria Maggiore, intact in its wonderful mountain architecture, is located in the Vigezzo Valley, also known as the Valley of the Painters or the Valley of the Chimney Sweeps. Not many people know that Santa Maria Maggiore hosts the International Gathering of Chimney Sweeps every year and even has a museum dedicated to them. Inaugurated in 1983, the exhibition shows the hard work of the chimney sweep throughout history, a craft typical of the area. Right in the centre of the village stands its parish church: the imposing and majestic Church of Santa Maria Assunta Vergina, rebuilt between 1733 and 1742 on the site of the previous (Romanesque) 12th-century church. For lovers of relaxing walks, finally, do not miss the Pineta.



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Domodossola. Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway

Pubblicato : Sabato, 24 Febbraio, 2024 - 16:59


The exciting itinerary from Domodossola to Locarno, on Swiss territory, with the Centovalli - Ferrovia Railway, through the Vigezzo Valley known as the 'valley of the painters', winds its way through forests, high plateaus, wild mountains, pretty villages and gentle plateaus. The route is fascinating throughout the year, suitable in every season. The autumnal colours of the foliage make this trip one of the unmissable experiences in the Ossola Valley between the end of September and the beginning of November; the whitewashed landscapes make it magical and romantic in winter; the explosion of green in spring and summer turns it into a dive into the most uncontaminated nature.



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Domodossola. The historical centre

Pubblicato : Sabato, 24 Febbraio, 2024 - 12:59


The historical centre of Domodossola still retains a medieval appearance with narrow streets and winding lanes. The fulcrum is the Piazza del Mercato, a real jewel of Renaissance art adorned with fascinating 15th-century arcades. The Market Square is overlooked by several Renaissance palaces, such as the impressive Palazzo Silva, built during the Renaissance and now a national monument. This building is famous for its window frames made of Crevola marble and the spiral staircase that connects all floors within the house. Equally evocative are Palazzo Mellerio, today the seat of the municipal police and some municipal offices, and the Palazzo di Città, today's municipal seat, built in 1847 and inside which is the historical hall of the Ossola Resistance, while a plaque commemorates the motivation for the gold medal for military valour awarded to the Ossola valley after World War II.



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Pubblicato : Venerdì, 23 Febbraio, 2024 - 10:26


Located at the foot of Monterosa, Macugnaga is known not only for the extraordinary panorama it offers, but also for the typical wooden houses of the Walser civilisation, as well as for the practice of winter sports. In fact, it boasts a great mountaineering history, linked above all to the famous east face of Monterosa (4634 m), the highest in the Alps. The symbol of Macugnaga is the Chiesa Vecchia (Old Church), a Romanesque building dating back to 1300, flanked by a spectacular centuries-old lime tree with a circumference, at its base, of 7 metres. Interesting examples of Walser dwellings include the Mountain Museum, in the hamlet of Staffa, and the Walser House Museum, in the hamlet of Borca, which reproduces a traditional local hut.



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Toce Waterfall

Pubblicato : Venerdì, 23 Febbraio, 2024 - 10:01


The symbol of Val Formazza with a drop of 145 metres, it is considered one of the most beautiful and majestic in Europe, although human intervention has reduced its flow for much of the year. In fact, upstream of the waterfall, the Toce forms Lake Morasco, an artificial lake from which water is captured for the operation of hydroelectric power stations. The waterfall offers unique and unforgettable scenery, nestled in the mountains of a beautiful valley covered with large coniferous forests, meadows, pastures and alpine lakes. At the top of the waterfall is the historic hotel (1863), which lived the bell'epoque of Alpine tourism at the turn of the century.



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