Cycle routes

Toce cycle route: cycling among the flowers

da Ornavasso a Verbania (15,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

From the center of Ornavasso to near the bridge road over the Rio San Carlo and then descend towards the sports field. From here is a beautiful cycle walkway which rosses the River Toce and then turns right with a nice stretch of bike path on the left bank of the Toce. The setting is picturesque: the river banks have lush greenery and sometimes open into  glades where the typical flowers of Lake Maggiore are cultivated.

In summer, many wild rabbits run into your path. You cross the junction for the sports field of Mergozzo and finally the cycle path ends near the former incinerator. From here, turn left to merge onto the provincial road from Mergozzo. Turn right and pay attention to the traffic, follow the asphalted road for about 500 m and then turn right to take a wide path that leads under the bridge of the highway where a network of natural base( dirt) cycle paths begins, of the Riserva Naturale Speciale del Canneto di Fondotoce (www.parcoticinolagomaggiore.it), a protected area at European level.

The cycle path continues along the River Toce up to the camp site of Fondotoce. Do not miss the short detour on the path (sign posted) for the beach. The track then continues alongside the reed thicket (it is worthwhile going to the observatory) and the canal that connects Lake Mergozzo with Lake Maggiore, and finally reaches the roundabout of Fondotoce and the Casa della Resistenza. From here, a cycle path on the side of the road leads to the Verbania Pallanza train station.

BIKE RENTALS

In  Mergozzo  at the Gelateria Gigi under the arcades, is a bike rental promoted by the Associazione Musei Ossola within the project “Musei a pedali” – “ Museums in pedals” (www.amossola.it)

Points of interest

The route starts from Ornavasso and reaches the reed bed of Fondotoce and the station of Verbania Pallanza crossing the production zones of the "Typical flowers of Lake Maggiore": between April and May, in the blooming period, azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias reveal infinite shades of colour and nuances. 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
28877 Ornavasso (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Arrival
via alla stazione, 2
Stazione Ferroviaria
2892x Verbania (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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districts passed through
Mergozzo, Ornavasso, Verbania
km on the state road:1
Junction with provincial road.
Note
The route is marked with magenta coloured arrows.
Links
https://www.distrettolaghi.it/it

Accomodation and services

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B&B Villa Lucciola
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Villa Lucciola
Situated 1 km from the centre of Stresa, the B&B Villa Lucciola offers a garden with barbecue, free Wi-Fi connection throughout the building and apartments featuring a balcony with lake view. In every apartment, you will find the ingredients for breakfast such as milk, yogurt, coffee and bread. …
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Bike Hotel Meeting Stresa
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Bike Hotel Meeting Stresa
A hotel, in Stresa, a short distance from the old town centre, and just 400 meters from the scenic lakeside with palms, gardens and buildings with Art Nouveau facades. Looking towards the lake, you see the romantic Borromean Islands. Bike services: bike room, bike point, bike manager, bike washing …
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Il Guscio
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Rooms to let
Il Guscio
Situated in Baveno, a short distance from the shores of Lake Maggiore and the Borromeo Islands, Il Guscio boasts a barbecue, a view of the garden and a private car park on site at no additional cost. During your stay, you can do a series of activities in the area including skiing and golf. Il …
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Mottarone Adventure Park
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Mottarone Adventure Park
The Mottarone Adventure Park is the new attraction of Lake Maggiore where adventure and fun merge with the desire to rediscover nature. 4 routes with different levels of difficulty starting from 3 years of age. The ideal location to spend an emotional day with family and friends, in total safety …
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Mottarone Trail Park
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Mottarone Trail Park
Mottarone Bike Park with different trails with departure and arrival on the summit. Bike rental possible.
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Museo del Paesaggio
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo del Paesaggio
The Landscape Museum of Verbania was set up in 1909 thanks to the commitment of Antonio Massara and operates in different locations. The main exhibition site of the Museum is Palazzo Viani Dugnani in Verbania Pallanza that is home to the Troubetzkoy Plaster Cast Gallery, the sculpture collection, …
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Stresa Bike Rental
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Rent a bike, motorcycle, quad
Stresa Bike Rental
Rental of city bikes, mountain bikes, front e-bikes, full e-bikes and road bikes. Organised guided tours by bicycle.
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Stresaoutdoor
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Rent a bike, motorcycle, quad
Stresaoutdoor
Amateur Sports and Cultural Association. Opportunity to approach mountain bikes, excursions and trips, open-air activities and food and wine trips.
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