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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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Macugnaga

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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Baceno. Orridi di Uriezzo

Pubblicato : Giovedì, 22 Febbraio, 2024 - 15:43

 

Can canyons also exist in Piedmont? Well yes, in the Antigorio Valley there is a series of canyons carved into the granite by torrents that in the past flowed downstream of the Toce Glacier and called Orridi di Uriezzo. About 12,000 years ago, this was the site of the Toce Glacier, in whose valley numerous streams and waterfalls flowed, eroding the rock over time to form this particular and fascinating natural spectacle that we now call 'Orridi di Uriezzo'. The narrow valleys, tortuous tunnels and gorges that can be admired today were formed once the glaciers disappeared. The drying up of the various streams fed by the glaciers left room for a veritable canyon that can be visited on foot today.

 

 

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Baceno. Church of San Gaudenzio

Pubblicato : Martedì, 20 Febbraio, 2024 - 21:18

 

Situated on a rocky spur, the Church of San Gaudenzio is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy. The present building is the result of an interesting superimposition of extensions from different periods. In fact, the earliest evidence of the church is in a document from the early eleventh century. The splendid Romanesque façade is made entirely of stone and on its right side one can admire a gigantic St Christopher painted in 1542. The Monumental Church of San Gaudenzio in Baceno at night is at its best, thanks to a recent work of implementation of the lighting points that further enhance its most relevant architectural aspects.

 

 

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Vogogna. Visconti Castle

Pubblicato : Lunedì, 19 Febbraio, 2024 - 18:36

 

The Visconti Castle of Vogogna stands on a rise from which it dominates the village below: the defensive intentions that moved its commissioner, Giovanni Maria Visconti, who wished to build a bulwark for the entire valley and in particular for the village of Vogogna, which in 1328 became the capital of Ossola Inferiore, are evident. The oldest nucleus consists of the square tower, the only part not affected by the 1990 restoration, and the portion of the walls closest to the mountain. From the end of the 18th century, the castle became municipal property and was used as a place of imprisonment for both political prisoners and common criminals.

 

 

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Mergozzo. Blue path

Pubblicato : Domenica, 18 Febbraio, 2024 - 16:18

 

This route, ideal in all seasons, is within everyone's reach in terms of both length (less than 6 km) and difficulty. Starting from the centre of Mergozzo, the trail leads along the eastern side of the lake, the wilder side, along the flank of Montorfano, the solitary mountain that emerges from the plain of the River Toce. Among woods, suggestive views of the lake and signs of ancient granite quarries, you reach the Belvedere, where you can admire a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore, the Borromeo Gulf and the mouth of the Toce.

 

 

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Mergozzo. Lakefront

Pubblicato : Sabato, 17 Febbraio, 2024 - 19:22

 

In summer, bathers of various nationalities flock to Lake Mergozzo, attracted by its clear waters, while in other seasons tourists are content to stroll along the lake's sunny shores. In any season, however, there is no better place than the lakefront to fully enjoy the serene and relaxed atmosphere of this small town, Mergozzo, and its beautiful lake. Starting from its square where its symbol dominates, a five-century-old elm tree, towers.

 

 

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