Monte Rosa and Macugnaga are the unmistakable symbols of the Anzasca Valley. This splendid Walser Germanic village and the imposing second highest mountain in the Alps are among the most visited and photographed attractions in Ossola Valley.
At an altitude of 4,634 metres (15203 ft) at Punta Dufour (Dufourspitze), Monte Rosa is one of the most spectacular and fascinating mountain massifs in the entire Alps, and the Himalayan wall that forms the backdrop to Macugnaga is perhaps the most incredible natural spectacle in Ossola Valley.
Rosa (pink) like the colour of this mountain at dawn, but in reality rosa derives from roise, “glacier” in patois, the ancient language of the local populations.
The area around Monte Rosa offers countless opportunities for outdoor activities: the
Belvedere and Monte Moro ski lifts serve one of the most popular ski areas in the Ossola Valley.
In summer, hikers find a real paradise here thanks to simple routes in the Natural Oasis of Monte Rosa or the more challenging routes on offer. Among the most popular destinations are the Margherita Hut (Capanna Regina Margherita), at 4,554 metres (14941 ft) above sea level on Punta Gnifetti (Signalkuppe), and Cima Jazzi (Jazzi Peak), at 3,803 metres (12477 ft), which can be accessed starting from the hamlet of Pecetto in Macugnaga.