Tag: Nature

Enjoy in kayak and discover Lake Maggiore – 2017

20th June

Fun on the water in an enchanting environment
Everyday from July to end September 2017

Lake Maggiore surrounded by mountains is always elegant particularly when the wind blows from the south or the north and moves the water. This is the reason why every week you can go out on the lake for a canoe-kayak excursion and discover this wonderful spot. You first learn how to stay on a canoe and how to paddle before departing on a 1-hour excursion on the Borromeo Gulf.
Heading out on the water, you learn about the dangers of the water and discover canoeing as a means of transport. All this is possible in the unique environment of the Borromeo Gulf, where nature creates wonderful landscapes to be discovered. Here you can relax and enjoy the magnificent views.

This canoe course of 2 hours can be organized in … Read More »

Come and live an experience on the glacier

26th May

Live Macugnaga
Experience on the glacier 

Meet in Macugnaga Staffa at 9:00 a.m. ca. with alpine guide. Departure by cableway from Macugnaga to Mount Moro. From the mountain hut, you will start a guided walking tour (3 hours) with easier final crest to reach the summit of Seewijnen. Return to the hut at Restaurant “Lo Smeraldo” in Mount Moro for a snack based on local cold cuts and cheeses. Free time in Macugnaga.


EXCURSION PRICE:                    € 198,00 per person min. 2 people        

                                                             € 148,00 per person min. 3 people

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“Ferrata” with guides to Macugnaga – Passo Monte Moro

26th May

Live Macugnaga
“Ferrata” with guides


Meet in Macugnaga Staffa at 9:00 a.m. ca. with the alpine guide. Departure by cableway from Macugnaga to Mount Moro. From here you will start a 1 hour walk to reach the climbing route at 3.000 metres above sea level. The activity will take about an hour and half, climbing in safety on a protected route for a total elevation gain of 250 m on compact rock. Return to Mount Moro, where you will enjoy typical “Polenta e Spezzatino” (cornmeal porridge and beef stew) at Restaurant “Lo Smeraldo” in Mount Moro.  Free time in Macugnaga.



EXCURSION PRICE:            € 117,00 per person min. 2 people        

                                                      €   98,00 per person min. 3 people

                                                      €   92,00 per person min. 4 people



Alpine guide, half-day, in the morning;
Lunch with Polenta e Spezzatino, dessert, drink and … Read More »

Do not miss the wonderful islands and a magical festival

23rd May

2 days and 1 night

Weekend break on the lake for the magical festival “Tones on the stones”. What better occasion to discover Lake Maggiore and its beautiful islands.


1st day: Arrival and concert

Arrival at Lake Maggiore and accommodation in 3* hotel located in one of the lake towns.

In the evening, departure for the little town of Trontano, situated in the Ossola Valley. Aperitif with typical local products and participation at one of the concerts of the show “Tones on the stones”, which takes place in a serizzo stone quarry.

Overnight stay in the hotel.


2nd day: Borromean islands

After breakfast and check-out. Departure from Stresa by motorboat to visit the Isola Madre, the biggest of the three island, with its aristocratic villa and its majestic English garden, rich in plants and exotic flowers, in which beautiful peacocks, pheasants, parrots and other … Read More »

Alternative weekend among sports, environment & culture

12th May


An alternative weekend dedicated to the eastern slopes of Mount Rosa, immersed in the nature and beauty of an ancient mountain village.


Day 1 – Arrival in the morning and check in at the hotel/apartment.

In the afternoon, guided tour of the Mountain and Contraband Museum, to discover the history of the peaks of the Mount Rosa.

The tour continues with a visit of the ancient Dorf, a small Walser village, where we find the old church and the old linden tree.

Dinner in a typical restaurant.


Day 2 - The day is dedicated to the discovery of Mount Rosa.

You will reach Alpe Bill from where you start for a panoramic walk to the Alpe Meccia and then to Sonobierg (about 2h, about 600m in altitude).

You will return to Staffa and will enjoy an excellent snack based … Read More »

The Tulip Week 2017

10th April

“The Tulip Week” at Villa Taranto
From 9th to 25th April

As per tradition, from 9th to 25th April, the event “The Tulip Week” will take place at the Villa Taranto. Thousands of bulbs will cover the flowerbeds and fields, giving the visitors a fairytale panorama. 

This event was inaugurated for the first time by Captain Neil Mc Eacharn in 1956.

During this period, the botanical garden is painted in colour thanks to the over 80.000 bulbs, each unique and in bloom, among which the tulips undoubtedly stand out. 

The tulip is a flower rich in history and significations. Its name most likely comes from the word “tullband”, which in Turkish means “Turban” for its peculiar form. In the language of flowers, depending on colour, the tulip has different significations: the red tulip, for example, is a declaration of love, while … Read More »

Run the Top Race 2017

6th April

Run the Top Race

The circuit VCO Top Race is back after the great success of last year, including 13 of the most important running events in the Verbano Cusio Ossola district.

Last year there were 2.349 competitors, who took part in at least one of the races.  

This year will be three new additions, to testify the interest for the circuit and the strong partnership with associations “Distretto dei Laghi” and “Monti e Valli dell’Ossola”.

VCO Top Race confirms its sportsmanship by awarding the 10 men and 10 women who have covered the longest distance in the various races.   

 These are the races planned this year:

Ossola Trail – 9th April
– Ossola Trail: 27 km – Altitude difference: + 1.900 m
- Ossola Bech Trail: 17 km – Altitude difference: + 1.200 m

OrnaTrail – 22th April
– OrnaTrail 17: … Read More »

Firework Festival at the Toce Waterfall

5th August

Pirotechnic shows in an extraordinary scenery
Saturday 8 August

This year the Fireworks Festival returns to illumintae the sky above Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta and the Ossola Valley.

Saturday the 8th of August it’s time for the most anticipated show of the festival: on the Toce Waterfall. This extraordinarily beautiful corner of the Formazza Valley transforms into a backdrop for a show of pirotechnics and music; light and sound that unite in harmony in this enchanted location.

The shows in Sesto Calende and Arona have already passed. The remaining dates are Cannobio (Friday 7 August), the Toce Waterfall (Saturday 8 August), Santa Maria Maggiore (Friday 14 August), Verbania Pallanza (Sunday 16 August) and three dates in Omegna on Lake Orta on the 23, 26 and 30 August.


Trontano Open Air Festival 2015

3rd August

Open Air – The alternative festival of the summer
From the 6th to the 9th of August

It has been two years since the last Trontano Open Air Festival, and as always we’re bursting with anticpiation. It’s finally time for the 2015 edition, as always in the evocative scenery of the Ossola mountains, and this year the programme is seriously interesting. From the 6th to the 9th of August, the alpine village comes alive with music spanning from electronica to new age, with the scent of exotic dishes, with voices of song and of meditation and with artistic installations.

The festival is divided into eight areas among which four stages, an area dedicated to meditation, artistic workshops and discussion forums without forgetting the food court where you can enjoy ethnic, vegan and traditional dishes, paying special attention to the bread, made with fresh … Read More »

Summer skiing in Macugnaga

1st June

Down the slopes even in June

For the winter sports enthusiasts it’s time to once again put on the ski boots. Thanks to the heavy snowfall this winter, the slopes in Macugnaga are prepared for summer skiing. Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of June the lifts at Mount Moro will be reopened. The slopes will be open from 8.30 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. with the possibility to stop for an Alpine lunch or simply to enjoy the magic of the summer sun on the snowy mountains, before descending with the cable car (last descent at 4 p.m.).

The price of the skipass is 17 Euros for adults and 11 for children under 14, and includes the return cable car trip.

Weather permitting, the lifts will be open the following weekend as well.

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