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Shortly after the church of Orasso, take the mule track that descends to cross the river and then climbs halfway up to cross the road to Spoccia. Follow the road slightly uphill for about 600 m and then take the mule track which descends to cross the valley and remains halfway for a long stretch. Just before Gurrone, turn right and continue towards Cavaglio, descend to cross the river and continue halfway up to reach the remains of the “della Torre” chapel, near which a fortification was erected by the Mazzarditi brothers, champions of raids and killings in the 15th century Cannobio. Continuing further you will reach the "Coss" chapel, behind the town of Traffiume where the walk along the Via Borromea ideally ends. From Traffiume you have to go down to the Orrido di Sant'Anna, a spectacular ravine dug into the rocks by Cannobino stream and take the cycle/pedestrian path that runs alongside the Cannobino stream on the left bank up to the second bridge, then, through internal streets, cross the whole center of Cannobio up to the lakefront.


Via Borromea

Via Borromea Leg 1: Re - Orasso
Via Borromea Leg 2: Orasso - Cannobio

Notable Items along the Track

The territory of the Cannobina Valley, of particular charm, still retains the appearance of the past. The landscape is marked by the testimonies of traditional peasant life, based on subsistence agriculture. The villages are characterized by unexpected glimpses, ancient houses with votive paintings on the facades, small squares, rustic stone fountains, which are discovered along the narrow pedestrian streets. Some viewpoints allow you to look towards the other side of the valley with the wild mountains of the Valgrande National Park. In Traffiume, before Cannobio, the Cannobino torrent dug a spectacular ravine, the Orrido di Sant'Anna. Cannobio is the last town on the Piedmontese shores of Lake Maggiore before the border with Switzerland. Due to its geographical position, it represented an important strategic and commercial node, still well represented by the presence of numerous palaces of the XVII-XIX century which overlook the cobbled streets of the historic center such as the sixteenth-century residence of Palazzo Omacini and Palazzo Pironi.


Orasso can be reached from both Cannobio and Val Vigezzo via the provincial road of Valle Cannobina. It is a very narrow winding road that requires extreme caution when driving.

Accesso con mezzi pubblici

Orasso can be reached by bus only from Cannobio with a single evening ride. For timetables consult the website line 13 Cannobio-Cursolo


Itinerary Code: VBO

Difficulty Level: Hiking (E)

Track Length: 16.70 Km

Elapsed Track Traversal Time: 4h 30m

Arrival Address: Cursolo-Orasso (VB) - IT

Departure Height: 692 m

Departure Address: Cannobio (VB) - IT

Arrival Height: 200 m

Route Stage: 2

Recommended Time Period: April - November

fruizione: Hiking

nazione: Italy

regione: Piedmont

provincia: Verbania

classificazione: Provincial of medium and low mountain

Altitude Difference Going Up: 330 m

Altitude Difference Going Down: 820 m

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Source: Unione del Lago Maggiore

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