The route winds through the ancient villages that were once part of Vagna, an autonomous municipality until 1928, and now a hamlet of Domodossola, rediscovering country life among crops, vineyards, presses and ancient ovens.
Hiking – Domodossola and the hamlets of Vagna
From the FS train station in Domodossola, take Corso Paolo Ferraris, Via F.lli di Dio and Via Garibaldi and, after crossing Via Galletti, take Via Rosmini and then Via Mattarella. Having crossed Via A. Dalla Chiesa, you’ll arrive at the first chapel of the Via Crucis of the Sacro Monte Calvario. Leaving the third chapel behind, the mule track that leads to the top of the Sacro Monte begins and from here you take the track that leads to San Defendente. Once you’ve reached this last village, continue towards Vallesone, where you’ll find the oven and the old press. At the fork for Alpe Lusentino turn right for Motto and then continue for Andosso and Prata, in a succession of cultivated fields and evidence of rural life. From Prata go down to Maggianico, capital of the ancient town of Vagna, with the Church of San Brizio. Continue on to Motto from where, turning left, you descend to Premone and then to Sacro Monte Calvario. Follow the road to Domodossola to return to the train station, taking the opportunity to visit the historic centre of Domodossola, the Borgo della Cultura.
Italian Alpine Club (CAI) site identification code
Sector A “Routes”– IA06
Domodossola FS International Railway Station (from Bern and Milan).
Start from outside the station in the direction of Sacro Monte Calvario (the start of the mule track is 1.2 km – 3/4 mile – from the station and can be reached in around 20 minutes on foot).
Contact details: Municipality of Domodossola
CAI contact details: Domodossola Section
Sacro Monte Calvario Reserve
Refreshment areas: Domodossola Restaurants
Easy route. The majority of the route is along mule tracks.
2 hrs 50 min