This route represents a variant of the second stage and allows, once arrived in Gurro, to go directly to Cursolo shortening and simplifying the route. This stage coincides with a stretch of the Via Geoalpina designed by the Valgrande National Park for the great geological interest that the Cannobina Valley has. From the Falmenta hostel cross the town in the direction of the church. Here, take the mule track on the left which crosses the upper part of the town and climbs halfway up towards Gurro, skirting the southern flank of Mount Riga. With a last steeper section you reach Mergugna, climb over the ridge and then go down to Gurro. Cross the town and in the area of the church take the mule track that descends to Ponte Teia. After crossing the Cannobino stream, go up to cross the provincial road of the Valle Cannobina and follow it to the right for about 650 m until Airetta. From here, take the mule track that climbs steeply until it crosses the beautiful Orasso-Cursolo mule track: turn left and you will soon reach Cursolo.
San Carlo Circuit
Notable Items along the Track
The stage coincides with a stretch of the Via Geoalpina designed by the Valgrande National Park for the great geological interest that the Cannobina Valley represents. In Gurro it is possible to visit the Geological Museum and the ethnographic Museum of Gurro and Valle Cannobina which collects traditional objects and customs of the Valley. The visit is structured in environments that reconstruct the typical domestic contexts of the Cannobina Valley. Also in Gurro you can admire the ancient "Casa San Carlo" where the Saint is believed to have slept during his pastoral journey in the valley.
Highway A26 to Verbania then State Road 34 of Lake Maggiore to Cannobio. Falmenta and Cursolo can be reached both from Cannobio and from the Vigezzo Valley via the provincial road of the Cannobina Valley. It is a very narrow winding road that requires extreme caution when driving
Accesso con mezzi pubblici
The local railway station is Verbania Pallanza. Line buses for Cannobio leave from the station. Buses leave from Cannobio (very few trips, sometimes even just one a day) to the villages of the Cannobina Valley. For timetables consult the website www.vcotrasporti.it. Cannobio can also be reached with the boats of the Navigazione Lago Maggiore www.navigazionelaghi.it