hiking

Via Antronesca

da Villadossola a Saas-Almagell (Switzerland) (40,98 km)
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Highlights and tour details

The "Strada Antronesca" runs entirely through Valle Antrona, known, among the Ossola valleys, as the "iron valley" for the numerous mines to which the formation, in the 19th century, of the iron and steel centre of Villadossola is linked. Long caravans of mules and donkeys transported iron to Villadossola, which was the main centre for the iron trade. The goodness of the Antronese metal was known everywhere and was also exported to Switzerland. The "Strada Antronesca" was therefore once used to pass through from Valle Antrona into Valle di Saas, over the Antrona or Saas Pass (2883 m) and thus as one of the main links between the Ossola and the Valais, connecting Villadossola with Visp. This road never reached the importance of that of the Sempione, protected by the governments of the State of Milan and Valais and served by an important corporation of Someggiatori (mule-train traders). The main problem was of course maintenance, since mountain roads are the most subject to deterioration due to avalanches, landslides and rockfalls. The fact that in the 16th century the annual cattle fair was brought to Villadossola instead of Macugnaga, suggests that this road was kept efficient in the 15th and 16th centuries. This situation, characterised by the presence of multiple passes that could be used by commercial traffic, remained active until the 18th century, when it was changed by the opening of the Napoleonic road which, through the Passo del Sempione, reached Geneva and then the heart of Europe. The supremacy of the Sempione had already emerged in the seventeenth century at the time of the Val Divedro mule track along which the salt trade passed by the Valais nobleman Kaspar Stockalper, "Le roi du Simplon". On 6 October 1996 the first section of the "Strada Antronesca", restored by the CAI section of Villadossola, was inaugurated and on 17 August 1997 the second section from Antrona to Saas Almagel. Since 2010 this route has been included in the Interreg VETTA "Strategic" project. A new era begins for the "Strada Antronesca" that of "Cultural Hiking".

Tappe
Points of interest

You cross the Alta Valle Antrona  Natural Park

Accesso

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 Villadossola exit.

Other information

Itinerary code: ANT
Phone coverage: Good in the first stage, from scarce to absent in the second stage, Swiss signal in the third stage.
Recommended period: July, August, September
Historical interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Notes on public transport
Train: from Milan with the Sempione FS international line as far as Domodossola. From Novara with the FS Novara-Domodossola line, stop at Villadossola. From the station of Domodossola - bus of the Autolinee Comazzi. Lines: Domodossola-Antrona - Domodossola-Macignaga. For timetables Tel. +39 0324 240333 www.comazzibus.com.
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Villadossola (stazione ferroviaria)
28844 Villadossola (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Arrival
Saas-Almagell
Saas-Almagell (Switzerland)
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Links
http://www.areeprotetteossola.it/it/itinerari/nuove-escursioni/vie-storiche/item/813-strada-antronesca

Accommodations and services

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Albergo Ristorante da Cecilia
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Albergo Ristorante da Cecilia
The family-run Hotel Da Cecilia is located at 1100 m in the greenery of the Piedmont Alps, in the municipality of Bognanco. It is a quiet location, ideal for spending relaxing holidays, hiking along trails that will take you to explore the many lakes, green pastures and special mountain views, …
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B&B Tiffany
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Tiffany
Bed & Breakfast Tiffany is located in the centre of Domodossola, a few steps from the historical centre “Borgo della cultura”, the international railway station and Vigezzina. It offers guests apartments with an independent entrance that comprise bedroom, living room, kitchen and private …
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Bosco Tenso
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
Bosco Tenso
B&B Bosco Tenso is located in Premosello Chiovenda, municipality of the Val Grande National Park, and located inside the homonymous Equestrian Centre, at the edge of the Bosco Tenso WWF Natural Didactic Oasis. The rooms are all simply furnished, with balcony and private bathroom with hairdryer and …
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Ca\' Broni
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
Ca' Broni
The B&B is situated in an early 20th century house, just outside the historic centre of Domodossola. It offers every comfort.
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Campeggio Yolki Palki Village
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Accommodation outdoors
Campeggio Yolki Palki Village
The Yolki Palki Camping village features characteristic chalets with kitchenette and private patio. Large spacious pitches on grassy ground inside a larch wood in the upper Bognanco Valley. The campsite offers a wood-fired Finnish sauna for exclusive use and a play area for young guests. The …
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Civico Museo di Palazzo San Francesco
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Civico Museo di Palazzo San Francesco
Building constructed on the perimeter walls of a church of 1200 dedicated to St. Francis, it preserves the original columns of the church with variously adorned capitals supporting the cross vaults of the aisles.
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Dimora storica Casa Vanni
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Holidays Houses and Youth Hostels
Dimora storica Casa Vanni
Casa Vanni, an historic 17th century residence is located in Borgomezzavalle, in the middle of the renowned Antrona Valley, paradise for nature and culture lovers. Of considerable interest is the mirror, designed to have sun during the winter months. Guests can enjoy a picturesque walk among the …
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Hotel Dufour
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Dufour
Hotel Dufour, a three star hotel in the heart of Macugnaga, in the main square of Staffa, is the ideal destination for your holidays in the mountains, focused on sport, fun or, simply, on total relaxation. Macugnaga offers many different activities in summer or winter including trekking, hiking, …
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Locanda Piemonte da sciolla
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Rooms to let
Locanda Piemonte da sciolla
Located in the centre of the city of Domodossola, in a 14th century building, Locanda Piemonte da Sciolla offers free Wi-Fi connection in all areas. All rooms avail of a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and courtesy kit and are equipped with a flat screen TV and, in some cases, a balcony. A …
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Museo Antica Casa Walser di Borca/ Alts Walserhüüs Van Zer Burfuggu
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo Antica Casa Walser di Borca/ Alts Walserhüüs Van Zer Burfuggu
Example of ancient Walser construction admirable outside and inside with the recreation of period settings and collection of tools and furniture of rural life
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Museo della Milizia
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo della Milizia
It is home to a remarkable collection of weapons, friezes and uniforms starting from the 17th century, chosen among those still belonging to the traditional Militia. The traditional militia of Calasca, founded in 1641, is equal to that of the nearby Bannio, one of the Italy's oldest military …
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Museo della Montagna e del Contrabbando
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo della Montagna e del Contrabbando
Museum with the intent of telling the centuries-old history of Alpine smuggling, which involves all frontier mountains and which now only belongs to the past. The only museum in Italy and in Europe that, through black and white images, recalls one of the most characteristic phenomena of the …
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Residence Briona
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Holiday Houses and Apartments
Residence Briona
Residence Briona is an elegant 15th century building located in a quiet pedestrian area in the historic centre of Domodossola. It avails of furnished apartments that overlook the internal courtyard embellished with arches. The apartments offer a fully equipped cooking corner and TV and avail of a …
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Terme di Bognanco - òniro
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Spas
Terme di Bognanco - òniro
The Thermal baths of Bognanco, with 150 years of glorious hydropinic (inside the body) history, add the possibility to care for the outside of the body using the swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers and – the newest entry - the "SpaStream", the horizontal massage shower with …
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