The Ministry of Tourism has decided that, in this special year, mountains will be the key destination in which to focus on rediscovering a harmonious relationship between man and nature.
The itineraries will be slow-paced, sustainable and geared to discovery of places never visited before: a timing and mode ideal, therefore, for travel amongst the Valleys of the Ossola area.
A stroll through the picturesque narrow streets of the towns – some of which have been awarded the Touring Club Italiano Orange Flag – or a pleasant horse ride to enjoy the beauty of sceneries that are still intact? There are infinite opportunities for slow and fascinating journeys in the Ossola Valley, due to the countless possibilities offered by this part of Piedmont in the heart of Europe. Here are some of our suggestions, “slow” experiences not to be missed in the Ossola Valley.
- A visit to the Sacro Monte Calvario in Domodossola, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A veritable sanctuary of art, spirituality and nature just a stone’s throw from the city.
- A journey on board the scenic trains of the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway (one of the international symbols of slow travel between the Ossola Valley and Canton of Ticino).
- A restoring plunge into the two modern and popular spa centres of the Ossola Valley, the Premia thermal baths (Antigorio Valley) and the Onìro thermal baths in the Bognanco Valley.
- The Circuit of the Saints, to discover an itinerary of art, faith and culture in the valley of the painters, the Vigezzo Valley.
- A ride along the almost 80 km of cycle paths that cross the whole Ossola Valley plain, from the shores of Lake Maggiore and Lake Mergozzo up to the rural settlements around Domodossola: a real slow journey.
- A journey to discover local food, to small craft shops, welcoming mountain huts and excellent restaurants: the flavours of the Ossola Valley must be savoured slowly. Here is our guide.