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Trails into nature

of Lower Val Grande

On foot         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Religion 

Walking surrounded by nature, smelling scents and hearing noises, perceiving colors and shapes, and enjoying staying in places where the past has left evident signs… All this is probably pleasant enough for you, but why don't you try to walk slowly and to look around carefully?
To the careful and curious observers, this guidebook aims at being a fellow walker that can help them read the many messages left by nature and the signs left by men.
All the Nature Area trails leave from Cossogno, a small Municipality at 2 km in the north of Verbania.

Sentiero della religiosità ("The Religion Trail")
Ring-route around Cossogno among small chapels, frescoes and the Inoca Oratory.

  • Walking time: about 1 hour, stops and return walk not included
  • Difficulty: tourist itinerary without difficulties, be careful in some exposed stretches
  • Difference in height: about 100m

Sentiero della foresta ("The Forest Trail")
This trail connects Cossogno with Rovegro through the "Ponte Romano" bridge crossing Torrent Bernardino.

  • Walking time: about 1 hour and a half, without stops and return walk
  • Difficulty: tourist itinerary without difficulties, be careful in some exposed stretches
  • Difference in height: about 100m

Sentiero dell'energia ("The Energy Trail")
It leads to the first Italian hydroelectric power plant exporting alternate current.

  • Walking time: about 1 hour, without stops and return walk
  • Difficulty: tourist itinerary without difficulties, be careful in some exposed stretches
  • Difference in height: about 100m

Sentiero della fatica ("The Hard Work Trail")
Passing across Corte di Rugno, an old pasture in Cossogno, this trail leads to Conca d'Aurelio and its stone carvings.

  • Walking time: about 2 hours, without stops and return walk
  • Difficulty: hiking itinerary with a moderate difference in height
  • Difference in height: about 500m

Sentiero del castagno ("The Chestnut Tree Trail")
Hike along a mule track crossing an old chestnut woods and leading to the wonderful Corte di Miunchio.

  • Walking time: about 1 hour and a half, without stops and return walk
  • Difficulty: hiking itinerary, be careful in some exposed stretches
  • Difference in height: about 200m
Equipment: comfortable trekking shoes and sportswear.
Cossogno
Cossogno
(photo by: Manuel Piana)
 
Cossogno
Cossogno
(photo by: Archivio Parco Nazionale Val Grande)
 
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