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This route is one of the educational itineraries that came about from the collaboration between Villadossola’s middle school and the Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) of Villadossola.
From Piazza IV November in Villadossola walk along the Strada Antronesca street until Noga with its pretty church with a nice panoramic view. Continue through the hamlet of Boschetto until you come to a chapel at the side of a brook, take the pretty stairs carved into the rock on the right and climb up to Casa dei Conti, the hamlet that best exemplifies the local popular style of architecture. From here, continue along a pretty mule track that goes back up to Varchignoli, a town known for its megalithic structures. Made of large stones, these structures were used for burial monuments, for worship or for significant social functions such as terracing, stairs connecting the various levels, underground rooms or drainage ducts. Climb up the dirt road to Sogno, the highest hamlet in Villadossola as well as one of the oldest. The oratory of San Giovanni Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist) dates back to the 16th century. It is worth noting the numerous stone post-and-lintel doorways on the houses. The Museo della Civiltà Contadina (Museum of Rural Life) is home to a collection relating to ancient agricultural tools and customs in the region. From Sogno, descend on a pretty staircase until Colletta where, turning right, you’ll take route A03. Continue on until Daronzo and from here go on to Mongiardino and then Gaggio. Go down to the church of San Bartolomeo (St. Bartholomew), a fine example of Romanesque style architecture, then cross the playground to return to Piazza IV Novembre.

Last update: 06/03/2018 ore 16:35:30

Itinerary informations

Starting Point

Villadossola, IV Novembre


C00, A01, C02

Altitude Difference Going Up

500 m

Altitude Difference Going Down

500 m

Track Length

6,3 km

Elapsed Track Traversal Time

3 h 40

Track Numbers

C00, A01, C02

Difficulty Level

E (medium easy)

Recommended Time Period

Year round


Valle Antrona

Bus stop

Circular bus line south or the Domodossola – Antronapiana bus line


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