Mergozzo

On the shores of the pretty little lake named after it, Mergozzo welcomes you to Ossola, with its natural scenery and history. This enchanting little town, awarded with the Touring Club Italiano Orange Flag, is a popular holiday resort from the spring season onwards.

 Mergozzo, historically the gateway to the Ossola Valley, is one of the most beautiful lakeside towns in the area, on the shores of Lake Mergozzo. Now separated from Lake Maggiore by a narrow strip of land, in reality it was originally its westernmost part: the frequent floods of the River Toce over the centuries have formed a strip of land that still divides the two lakes.

The heart of Mergozzo, with its narrow streets formed by stone houses crowded one against another, is the central square dominated by a centuries-old elm tree, the authentic symbol of the town: according to historical documents, the tree was already growing here in the 1600s and now, completely hollow, it is recognised as one of the monumental trees of Piedmont.

Mergozzo is the site of ancient settlements, as demonstrated by the abundant material in the collection of the Municipal Archaeological Museum, where remains dating from prehistoric times up to the early Middle Ages are displayed; it is also a land of stone, since for centuries white Montorfano granite and pink Candoglia marble have been quarried there, the latter also used to build Milan’s cathedral. To honour this tradition, of which the inhabitants are very proud, a Granite Eco-museum, recognised by the Piedmont Region in 2007, has been set up in Mergozzo.

 

In Groppole, there is also a major megalithic structure: slightly elliptical in shape, surrounded by stone walls and covered by a huge block of Serizzo granite. This structure is known as the Ca’ d’la Norma and is thought to date from the Copper and Bronze Ages.
The parish church in Mergozzo is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and stands on the foundations of a pre-existing Romanesque church. The church dedicated to Santa Marta, the patron saint of the Riva district, is also in Romanesque style.

From Mergozzo, it is possible to walk along various hiking trails into the surrounding countryside. One of these trails leads to the village of Montorfano, following a mule track along the shores of the lake. The beaches of Mergozzo, along the shores of the lake, which has clear water partly thanks to a ban on motor vessels, are very popular.

Mergozzo also offers culinary excellences with some of its high quality local products. It also boasts the only restaurant awarded a Michelin star in the whole Ossola Valley: the Piccolo Lago, a must for gourmet visitors!

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