Why it may be a good idea to call on local assistance for your trips around the Ossola Valley For our final walk in the Ossola valley, we hiked a small piece of the Via dei torchi e dei mulini – the “trail of wine presses and mills”.
We started in a village called Tappia …
… which is small, sweet and has
… Discover Picturesque Wine Presses and More On Via Tappia
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 15 sculpted stations of the cross on the Sacred Mountain of Domodossola provide a fascinating experience, even in the rain – or, perhaps, particularly so One thing you have to say for the Alps, they don’t do much by halves there. Europe’s highest mountain range has proper snow in winter, while in summer, when the sun is out, trees and skies and flowers radiate in the crispest,
… A Penitent’s Walk On the Sacred Mountain of Domodossola
How to brighten up a cold, wet and miserable day in the Italian Alps In the unlikely event that an extraterrestrial were to land in front of my house, driven by the need to find out what earthlings found so recreational by walking from one place to another and demanding the briefest possible explanation of this mystery from me, I would tell him to fly his UFO straight to Lake Antrona.
… The Sparkling Diamond of the Ossola Valley
An expedition down the Toce river reveals that the Orridi di Uriezzo are actually quite beautiful One of the main forces that have shaped the landscape of the Ossola valleys is water.
During the last ice age, all valleys – main valley and seven side valleys – were covered by approx. 1 km of ice (the scenery would have looked very different from what it looks now, with only
… Be Afraid But Be Astounded by its Beauty
D is for Domodossola This week, we are off for a few days of hiking in the northern Italian Ossola Valley (near the Swiss border), but before we put on our boots for the more “serious stuff”, we went for a brief walk through the town of Domodossola, our base for the duration of our stay.
In Italy, Domodossola is mainly known for two things: as a hub for
… D is the Gateway to the Ossola Valley
The Piemontese hills may provide a picturesque backdrop, but it is in the flat countryside where the city’s lifeblood flows To the casual observer, it may seem that the countryside in and around Turin is mainly Alpine in nature. The Alps indeed seem to be everywhere …
… but while they undoubtedly attract the eye, even at a distance, they provide no more than a picturesque background, and it
… A Country Walk in Turin
Meet two of modern Italy’s founding fathers, a two-faced royal mansion and the world’s tallest museum
In addition to the San Michele hike from our last post, we have prepared two more tours in Turin for you: one “town” walk and one “country” walk, both of them relatively short (with lengths of two to three hours) so you could do them, if you wanted to, back-to-back on the same day.
… A Town Walk in Turin
Hiking in Turin The Sacra di San Michele near Turin is Northern Italy’s grandest and most sacred abbey Italy’s industrial heartland lies within a triangle formed by Genoa, Milan and Torino, but, this being Italy, these three great industrial towns are hardly the equivalent of Dortmund, Manchester or Cleveland and pack a powerful “triple punch” of beautiful architecture, atmosphere and history.
Of these great northern towns, Turin was the last we had the
… An Easy Hike in the Italian Alps of Piemonte