We are taking you to five extraordinary lookouts, five natural terraces, five “high altitude” viewpoints where the panoramas will take your breath away. Places chosen so that everyone can visit at least one during their holiday in the Ossola Valley.
- Sacred Mount Calvary – Domodossola
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sacred Mount Calvary of Domodossola is worth a thorough visit for countless reasons. The terrace with a panoramic view of the large park is one of these: from here, your gaze extends over the city of Domodossola and over the mountains that surround it. A veritable belvedere, that can be reached from the chief town in the Ossola area: on foot, along the picturesque Via Crucis, or by car and then with a very brief walk within this place of peace and spirituality.
- The Toce Waterfall – Formazza (Formazza Valley)
A fantastic observation point in the upper Ossola Valley, suitable only for those who … have a head for heights!
A wooden walkway will lead you literally above the Toce Waterfall, the mightiest in the Alps. The view will be incredible: both in the summer (the Toce Waterfall has its maximum flow rate only for limited periods, click here for details), and in the winter, with the rocks turned into a wall of ice and views of the snow-covered Formazza Valley before you. The Toce Waterfall can be reached by car too: there is a convenient and large car park near the long-established hotel named after it.
- Alpe Vercio – Mergozzo (Lower Ossola)
The Alpe Vercio mountain pasture is one of the finest vantage points in the Lower Ossola area. It offers a splendid panoramic view in any season over the lakes of northern Piedmont (the little Lake Mergozzo, just a little further south, Lake Maggiore, just beyond, and Lake Orta, further west). The mountain pasture, dotted with picturesque stone mountain huts and enhanced by the little Oratory of the Beata Vergine delle Grazie, can be reached on foot from Bracchio, a hamlet of Mergozzo, or from Alpe Ompio on the heights of Verbania, for those who are less fit.
- Monte Moro Pass – Macugnaga (Anzasca Valley)
A statue portraying the Madonna delle Nevi covered with little gold leaves, extraordinary scenery and the view of the “Himalayan” face of Monte Rosa: the fourth terrace that VisitOssola recommends is Monte Moro, at an altitude of almost 3,000 metres.
Easily reachable by cable car from Macugnaga, or on foot along a portion of the splendid Historic Route joining Italy with Switzerland, Monte Moro offers breath-taking views in any season of the year and it is part of the Macugnaga-Monte Rosa skiing area.
- Cima della Laurasca – Malesco (Vigezzo Valley)
The last “balcony” is also the most difficult to reach: it is suitable only for the fittest visitors, but the breath-taking view that Cima della Laurasca can offer on a cloudless summer day or with a clear winter dawn, will make up for all the exertion. It is in the Val Grande National Park, the largest wilderness area in Europe: this destination can be reached with a hike of around 3 1/2 hours (one-way) starting from the Loana Valley. The extraordinary view enjoyed from the summit sweeps from Monte Rosa to Lake Maggiore and together with the incredible silence of this protected area leave no doubts: the climb to the summit of Cima della Laurasca is well worth the effort.