The largest wilderness area of Italy is the NATIONAL PARK VAL GRANDE. It’s the perfect place to hike and enjoy the steep deep valleys and most spectacular views.
We went to visit this beautiful park yesterday. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that good. It was pretty cold and very cloudy. Only after lunch we had a bit of sun. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed about this, but well, it’s so close to home that we will come back this coming summer for sure!
From the entrance of the park VAL GRANDE it’s only 15 minutes walk to the Rifugio Antonio Fantoli (Alpe Ompio) where you can have a great lunch. Their specialty is polenta, a peasant food made of coarsely of finely ground yellow or white cornmeal. You eat it with different types of meat (which is brought separately for the vegetarians among us). For dessert they always have a few types of home-baked pie. So yummy! I call it typical hiking food as we always eat it when we go hike and it served in all the Rifugi! You can also sleep over if you want to spend more than 1 day in these beautiful surroundings.
From this Rifugio Antonio Fantoli (Alpe Ompio) you can walk to Belvedere in only 15 minutes where you have a stunning view on several lakes: Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore), Lake Orta (Lago d’Orta), Lake Mergozzo (Lago di Mergozzo), Lake Varese (Lago di Varese) and Lake Monate (Lago di Monate). It is well-marked so you really can’t miss it! Other views of the mountains and valleys will be posted next time when I actually do a real hiking tour…
Besides all this, the VAL GRANDE also encounters many remaines of the original habitation…
National Park VAL GRANDE (Verbania – Piemonte) is located at 45km from Borgomanero. The starting point is at a 1000 meters (more or less). You don’t have to be an expert or trained hiker, but make sure you wear suitable clothes and shoes and don’t go off the trails!!! For more information, you can visit www.parcovalgrande.it or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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