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Stories of stone

The Use of Stone

On foot         Great Interest: Hystory 
  • Departure: Beura (Beura-Cardezza)
  • Arrival: Bisoggio (Beura Cardezza) (Beura-Cardezza)
  • Duration: 1h without stops for the outward walk and 45' for the return walk
  • Difficulty Level: Easy itinerary along a well-signposted mule track. Be careful: some steep stretches.
  • Difference in height: 279m
  • Recommended Period: from January to December

This Nature Trails unwinds in the territory of the Municipality of Beura, you can also reach by train via the Milano - Domodossola railway line. The route starts from Beura Town Hall, goes through the built-up area (where you will find wonderful examples of the local architectural style) and then goes uphill along the paved mule track leading to Bissoggio.

Along the route, 11 informative boards describe – with images and short texts – the centuries-old history that has linked the people living in these mountains to the use of stone. Since ancient times, stone has represented the building material par excellence. Roads, mule tracks, toe walls, supports, everyday life tools, country buildings (presses, mills, stables) and even the elegant houses in Beura, everything was built with the local stone, known as "beola". Today three different varieties of this kind of stone are still being extracted in the territory of Beura, and they are used and valued especially as covering materials.
From Bissoggio it is possible to take a trail which goes up to Alpe Pozzolo (for well-trained hikers), where there is an unattended ever-open mountain hut.

Equipment: comfortable trekking shoes and sportswear.
Path Beura Bissoggio
Path Beura Bissoggio
(photo by: Fabio Copiatti)
 
Stone tales
Stone tales
(photo by: Archivio Parco Nazionale Val Grande)
 
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