Stra' Granda Stage 2: Frazione di Pontegrande - Frazione Staffa

da Bannio Anzino a Macugnaga (18,16 km)
Highlights and tour details

In the second stage from Bannio Anzino you go back down to Pontegrande along the Via delle Cappelle (path B15b) and the Madonna della Neve. From Pontegrande carry on by following the B0 sign, passing through the Case Pucci locality and reaching San Carlo in thirty minutes. After passing this locality you will pass through Battiggio and you will reach Vanzone after another thirty minutes. You will then pass Valleggio, Croppo, Canfinello, Borgone and Ceppo Morelli. Here you skirt the lower part of the village up to the spectacular stone bridge over the Anza and climb up to Prequartera. Then take the carriage road to Campigli, where you take the path that leads to Morghen in 35 minutes and continuing on a wide mule track you cross the Anza over the Ponte del Vaud; you continue to the ruins of the old mine of Pestarena and then to the village of Pestarena. From here you go up to Fornarelli and Borca (where you can visit the Guia Gold Mine and the Walser Museum), you reach Isella and then Macugnaga-Staffa, municipal seat with the ancient Walser village and the Old Church.

Points of interest

Fortified house of Fornari, Church and round washhouse of San Carlo, Battiggio Tower, historical town centre of Vanzone, ancient houses and 15th century chapels in Canfinello, historical town centre of Borgone with fountains, Church and chapels, historical centre and arched stone bridge of Ceppomorelli, former gold processing plant in Campioli, historical town centre of Pestarena, Walser Museum House and Guja Gold Mine in Borca, historical town centre of Staffa with Walser architecture, old church and century-old linden tree

Support points

The route runs more or less alongside the state road with the scheduled Domodossola-Macugnaga bus line. Refreshment facilities in Vanzone, Ceppo Morelli, Pestarena, Borca


By car: A8 motorway from Milan or A4 motorway from Torino and continuation on A26 motorway for Gravellona Toce. Continue on SS33 del Sempione to the Piedimulera exit. From Piedimulera the SS 549 of Valle Anzasca goes up as far as Macugnaga.

Other information

Itinerary code: SGR
Phone coverage: Good
Recommended period: May-October
Historical interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Notes on public transport
By train: from Milan with the FS del Sempione international line to Domodossola. From Novara with the FS Novara-Domodossola line, train stop of Piedimulera. From Domodossola Station Autolinee Comazzi. Lines: Domodossola Antrona - Domodossola Macugnaga - Domodossola Verbania. For timetables Tel. +39 0324 240333 www.comazzibus.com.
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Frazione di Pontegrande
28871 Bannio Anzino (VB)
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Frazione Staffa
28876 Macugnaga (VB)
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