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CIRCUITO DI SAN CARLO

da Cannobio a Valle Cannobina (25,50 km)
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Highlights and tour details

The San Carlo Circuit connects the villages of Valle Cannobina and takes the name of San Carlo Borromeo in memory of a pastoral visit that the Saint made to the valley in 1574. In Gurro, the ancient and charming "Casa San Carlo" recalls the place where the saint slept during his pastoral visit. It is a two-stage itinerary: the first, from Cannobio on Lake Maggiore to Falmento, a small village of Valle Cannobina. The second Stage is a semi-circular itinerary that departs Falmenta and reaches Cursolo (on the opposite side of the T. Cannobino). The route follows almost entirely lovely paved mule tracks. From Falmenta, a variant of the second stage allows to reach Cursolo directly from Gurro shortening the route.

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Points of interest

The particularly fascinating territory of Valle Cannobina still preserves the unspoilt appearance of the past. The landscape is marked by the testimonies of traditional rural life, based on subsistence farming. The villages are characterised by unexpected views, ancient houses with votive paintings on the façades, small squares, rustic stone fountains, which can be discovered by walking along the narrow pedestrian streets. In the stretch of Daila, Provola and Ponte Creves you go in the Valgrande National Park. In Traffiume, before Cannobio, the Cannobino stream has dug a spectacular gorge, the Orrido di Sant'Anna. Cannobio is the last town on the Piedmontese shores of Lake Maggiore before the Swiss border. Because of its geographical position, it was an important strategic and commercial junction that is still well represented today by the presence of numerous XVII-XIX century buildings that overlook the cobbled streets of the old town centre, such as the sixteenth century residences of Palazzo Omacini and Palazzo Pironi. In Gurro it is possible to visit the Geological Museum and the Ethnographic Museum of Gurro and the Valle Cannobina Valley which collects traditional objects and costumes of the Valley. The visitor itinerary is structured in environments that reconstruct the typical domestic contexts of the Valle Cannobina.

Support points

Possibility of refreshment in: Orrido di Sant'Anna, Lunecco, Ponte Falmenta, Falmenta, Gurro Possibility of accommodation in Gurro, Cursolo and Orasso

Accesso

Follow the A26 motorway to Verbania and then SS 34 del Lago Maggiore as far as Cannobio. Falmenta and Cursolo can be reached from Cannobio and from Val Vigezzo via the Valle Cannobina provincial road. You must drive carefully as the road has many bends and is very narrow

Other information

Source: Unione del Lago Maggiore
Itinerary code: CSC
Recommended period: April - November
Historical interest: Yes
Devotional interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Notes on public transport
The station of reference is Verbania Pallanza. Scheduled buses depart from there for Cannobio. From Cannobio buses (there are very few runs, sometimes just one a day) depart for the towns of Valle Cannobina. For timetables www.vcotrasporti.it. Cannobio can also be reached by the boats of Navigazione Lago Maggiore www.navigazionelaghi.it
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III, 1
Cannobio
28822 Cannobio (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Arrival
Piazza Municipio
Cursolo
28827 Valle Cannobina (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Accommodations and services

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Camping Bosco
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Accommodation outdoors
Camping Bosco
Facing directly onto Lake Maggiore in a small and delightful inlet protected by Punta Bragone, of important ecological-environmental importance, the Complex of the Village and Campsite rises close to the border with Switzerland (about 5 km). The facility ensures high standards of cleaning and …
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Casa del Profumo Feminis - Farina
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Casa del Profumo Feminis - Farina
“Casa del Profumo” is the new museum centre that pays tribute to the history of Aqua Mirabilis. A collection of testimonies that take the visitor on a discovery of emigration from Vigezzo and of the history of the Eau de Cologne, whose formulation was devised by Giovanni Paolo Feminis, a …
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Girasole
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Holiday Houses and Apartments
Girasole
Located just a stone's throw from the beaches of Lake Maggiore and from River Cannobino, il Girasole offers furnished apartments, free bicycles, a sun terrace and a swimming pool. The lodgings of Girasole are equipped with private entrance, free parking, living area and kitchen. They also avail of …
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Hotel Ristorante Miramonti
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Ristorante Miramonti
Situated only 5 minutes from the ski slopes of Piana di Vigezzo, Hotel Restaurant Miramonti boasts a traditional restaurant, a private garden and rooms with free Wi-Fi connection. In the morning, you can enjoy a continental style breakfast. The rooms, classically furnished with parquet floors or …
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Hotel Villa Palmira
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Villa Palmira
This 19th century villa is located 200 metres from the beach of Cannobio, which has been awarded the Blue Flag, on Lake Maggiore. All the rooms have parquet floors and a flat screen satellite TV. The centre of Cannobio is 5 minutes away on foot. All the lodgings at Villa Palmira are equipped with …
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Museo \
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo "Ca' di Feman da la Piaza"
A museum that recalls the life and activities of the Vigezzo of the past. The small ethnographic museum is housed in a magnificent 17th century building completely in stone, facing onto a small square. It takes its name from its last owners, the sisters Rosa and Giovanna Adorna. The exhibition …
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Museo Archeologico della Pietra Ollare
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo Archeologico della Pietra Ollare
The archaeological museum of the Val Grande National Park is part of the regional Ecomuseum of the Soapstone and of the Stonecutters, recognised by the Regione Piemonte, in 2007. The archaeological and ethnographic route with material found in the necropolis of Val Vigezzo, illustrates ancient and …
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Museo dello Spazzacamino
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo dello Spazzacamino
The CHIMNEY SWEEP MUSEUM, the only one in Italy, is located inside the magnificent park of Villa Antonia in the historic centre of SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE in VALLE VIGEZZO, in the Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola. Set up by the same municipality, it is finalised at promoting and spreading the …
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Museo etnografico di Gurro e della Valle Cannobina
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo etnografico di Gurro e della Valle Cannobina
Expression of the customs and the popular culture of the entire Valley of Cannobio, Gurro preserves an ancient historic centre with stone houses with large wooden loggias, one close to the other, and small streets that cross the residential nucleus. At the centre of the old village is the …
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Museo Etnografico e della Spazzola - Parco degli Agrumi
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo Etnografico e della Spazzola - Parco degli Agrumi
The museum was born in 1981 thanks to the students and teachers of the Secondary Schools, who, with the help of the families, collected numerous items of local tradition. The materials on display outline the past history of Cannero, propose the reconstruction of an old kitchen and of the household …
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Museo Tattile di Scienze Naturali
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo Tattile di Scienze Naturali
The museum reveals the key naturalistic and environmental features of the territory: the usability is favoured by the possibility to touch all the materials on show, living plants and naturalised animals. The route is divided into several dioramas that reconstruct the rural environment, the high …
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Praudina Adventure Park
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Praudina Adventure Park
Mountain adventure park designed specifically for “kids” located in the pine forest area of Santa Maria Maggiore, already full of sports facilities and true beating heart of “green” activities of the Vigezzo Valley. Ph. Massimo Bertina
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Wonderwood
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Wonderwood
Family Park with 4 adventure routes and playground, ranger trail (route with electric jeeps for kids), relaxation area for adults and the restaurant Grotto Carza.
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