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Some of the tracks presented here are set along mountain trails where some passages may require holding to ropes or climbing short ladders, and may have exposed passages without safety protections. These tracts can be a serious danger if faced without the right equipment, awareness and physical condition.
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Hike to Sacro Monte Calvario and to the ancient villages above Domodossola

The landscape on Toce's plain and the middle lands

Piana del Toce - Val D'Ossola

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length icon Length:
10 Km
time icon Our time:
3h15' walking
climb icon Total climb:
480 mt
height icon Min and max height:
365 mt - 710 mt
track ring icon Type of track:
ring track
surface icon Surface:
trail - asphalt
panorama icon Panorama:
woods - ancient villages
coverage icon Cell network coverage:
winter icon Traced in winter:
bike icon Traced by bike:

The itinerary starts from Colle Mattarella, where a UNESCO Human Heritage site, the Sacro Monte Calvario of Domodossola, is built. From this point the trail winds among the woods, leading to old towns that were part, until 1928, of Vagna town, later annexed to Domodossola. On this side of the hill the vine is still grown as of today, especially the ancient vine variety of Prunent.

In Vagna a curious tradition is repeated annually: on the second Sunday of June the “festa dul bambin” (festival of the child) is celebrated. A tradition dating back to 1700, when the men working abroad came back to their native towns and celebrated the summer Christmas with their families! During this festival the town is adorned, women dress with traditional clothes and the panettone “dul bambin” is eaten.

The trail proceeds halfway towards Vallesone town, reaching the village of La Tensa, which is now restructured and used as agritourism. From this point the trail goes down towards Anzuno, with its typical church facing the Toce’s plain. This last tract follows the way of wine presses and mills that starts from Villadossola.

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