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This excursion is the first stretch of the Stra’ Granda, the ancient road that rises through the Anzasca Valley and connects to the Saas Valley. In addition to traces of rural life, it features a continuous sequence of churches, oratories, votive chapels and frescoes.

The itinerary runs along the right side of the valley. From Piedimulera, the trail soon comes to Cimamulera, passing through the hamlet of Croppala. It goes on to Morlongo then enters into the large valley before climbing up to Meggiana. Just beyond that, the oratory of San Carlo (St. Charles) offers a pretty panoramic view over the valley. From there, continue on to Meggianella and the chapel of the Scufui. Once past the large valley, you will come to a street that leads to the upper hamlets of Castiglione. Take the old road of the Anzasca Valley and you will soon reach Castiglione with its impressive parish church. Head in the direction of Pecciola, cross the street for Porcareccia and keep going to come to Molini. Just before the hamlet of Duiamen, a turnoff will allow you to visit the church of the Madonna of Gurva. Then head uphill to Antrogna with its pretty parish church, cross the river and arrive at Calasca Dentro. The mule track continues into the woods, drops down to cross a stream with a pretty stone bridge and then climbs up again to the hamlet of Barzona, with its oratory and monument to mine workers. From here, a twenty minute descent leads to Pontegrande, where you can take the bus to return to Piedimulera.
Points of interest: Ferrari Tower in Piedimulera, church of Castiglione, town of Colombetti, town of Antrogna, Museo della Milizia di Calasca (Museum of the Traditional Militia)

Last update: 06/03/2018 ore 16:53:33

Itinerary informations

Starting Point




Altitude Difference Going Up

750 m

Altitude Difference Going Down

317 m

Track Length

11,5 km

Elapsed Track Traversal Time

4 h 00 min

Track Numbers


Difficulty Level

E (medium)

Recommended Time Period

March – November


Valle Anzasca

Notable Items along the Track

Torre Ferrari a Piedimulera, Chiesa di Castiglione, Borgo di Colombetti, Borgo di Antrogna, Museo della Milizia di Calasca

Bus stop

on the Domodossola – Macugnaga, Domodossola – Pieve Vergonte, and Domodossola – Beura – Villadossola bus lines


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