Inspirations

Slow City: ecotourism and traditions among the villages of excellence

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Lago d'Orta, Lago di Mergozzo, Lago Maggiore, Valli dell'Ossola
Archivio Fotografico Distretto Turistico dei Laghi - Foto di Marco Benedetto Cerini

SLOW CITY, a journey through the best villages between the lakes and mountains of northern Piedmont, is truly for everyone: couples on a romantic getaway, families looking for the perfect combination of leisure and relaxation, small groups ready to discover with different eyes the territory.

On this journey we always start, with love, from here. Lake Maggiore, the Dolce Vita: thanks to unique jewels such as the Borromeo Islands and the botanical gardens, it was a source of inspiration for writers, artists and musicians from all over Europe who made it a favourite destination on the Grand Tour. Lake Orta, romanticism and spirituality: a casket of nature, art and faith described in the works of writers such as Balzac, Rodari, Montale and Soldati, today it is also the cradle of great names in the Italian household. 
Lake Mergozzo, the little one: a peaceful corner a few kilometres from Lake Maggiore, small yes, but which over the centuries has been able to donate its splendid marble to the great work of the Milan Cathedral. Ossola Valleys, the Alps: a mountain to be experienced all year round with excursions for young and old and joys of taste, where there is no shortage of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Among these wonderful views, the gaze turns to small ancient worlds made of welcoming squares, elegant buildings, great monuments, and curious museums that dot the green and blue landscapes of the region. Places where art and history blend with nature. Where popular tradition and memories are still so strong as to offer excellent food&wine, quality craftsmanship, lively festivals, and centuries-old celebrations. Where tourists meet and mingle with locals. Here also country or boutique-style accommodation helps to offer exciting experiences.
During our trip we then touch the “Bandiera Arancione” towns Arona, Cannero Riviera and Cannobio on Lake Maggiore, Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta, Mergozzo on the lake of the same name, and finally Vogogna, Macugnaga, Santa Maria Maggiore and Malesco in the Ossola Valleys. Not only that, because Orta San Giulio, pearl of Lake Orta, and the medieval Vogogna in lower Ossola are also among the “Borghi più belli d’Italia”. These two brands are synonymous with the protection and enhancement of the important historical, cultural, and environmental heritage of our villages.
Domodossola is in turn “Borgo della Cultura”: a thousand years of history to tell in the Ossola capital town.
And then there are the places where people have inherited the culture of the past, an expression of values, beliefs, and knowledge. You dive into the tradition on Isola dei Pescatori: a picturesque village suspended over the waters of Lake Maggiore, where fishing has always been carried out by the inhabitants. There are Macugnaga and Formazza, one at the foot of the majestic Monte Rosa and the other in front of the wonderful Toce Waterfall:
here the Walser people originally coming from Switzerland brought their own language, customs, folklore as evidence of an alpine culture without borders, handed down from generation to generation.
Live your LAGO MAGGIORE EXPERIENCE!

Let's discover together the excellent villages of our territory awarded the prestigious "Orange Flag" and "The most beautiful villages in Italy" awards, the villages of culture, the typical fishing villages and the alpine ones of the Walser tradition: CLICCA QUI

Le esperienze incluse
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BIKE TOURING: Stresa–Arona round trip

Lago Maggiore
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PATH SLOW TREK - The “Via delle Genti” route from Cannobio to Cannero Riviera

Lago Maggiore
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PATH FOR ALL - Cannobio

Lago Maggiore
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Monuments

Sacred Mount of Domodossola

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Cascata del Toce - ph. Marco Benedetto Cerini
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HISTORIC MOUNTAIN ROADS: From Toce Waterfall to Passo San Giacomo

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Museums

Casa Museo Andrea Ruffoni

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PATH SLOW TREK - Lago delle Fate

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Museo archeologico della pietra ollare

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VIA FERRATA: Montorfano

Lago di Mergozzo
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MTB ROUTE: Green Circle Route of Lake Orta

Lago d'Orta
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Museo dello Spazzacamino

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PATH FOR ALL - Domodossola/Alpe Lusentino/Vogogna

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FIRST COURSE - Lake fish soup

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BIKE TOURING: Tour Vergante-Gignese-Armeno

Lago d'Orta, Lago Maggiore
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VIA FERRATA: Montorfano

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BIKE TOURING: Montecrestese and the Agarina valley

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