ALAGNA VALSESIA www.alagna.it

is an Italian town of 432 inhabitants dell'alta Valsesia, in the province of Vercelli, located at the foot of Monte Rosa. The territory of the municipality, an important tourist center famous for mountaineering and for the practice of free riding, occupies the upper end dellaVal Grande, at the foot of Monte Rosa m.4638, with which it is connected by a cable car, and is internal to 'Naturale.Alta Valsesia Park area is crossed by the river Sesia (forming spectacular waterfalls, reached by a path from Alagna), by the streams Olen and Bors, whose basin originates from the glaciers of Monte Rosa, and streams and Mud Otro originating from upstream Tagliaferro and Corno Bianco respectively.

LAKE ORTA www.lagodorta.com

Lake Orta or an alpine lake located between the Piedmont provinces of Novara and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. East of Mount Mottarone separates Lake Orta Lake Maggiore and the mountains to the west as high as 1300 meters separate the water surface from Valsesia. It is the most western of the pre-alpine lakes, glacier origins in the southern Simplon. Contrary to what happens with many alpine lakes, which have an emissary to the south, the waters of Lake Orta out of the lake from the north. Through the city of Omegna giving life to the river that flows Nigoglia nelloStrona which, in turn, flows into Lake Maggiore.Al Toce and then in the middle of the lake lies the island of San Giulio, of very limited size, which houses the nellaBasilica remains of the saint of the same name.

LAKE MAGGIORE www.lagmaggiore.net

The Lake Maggiore or Verbano is a pre-alpine lake of glacial origin, the second area in Italia.Le its shores are shared between Switzerland (Canton Ticino) and Italy (province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Novara, Varese). In Lake Maggiore there are many large islands, small or tiny, divided between the 8 of Piedmont, Switzerland, and the only 2 in England, for a total of 11. Between Stresa and Verbania is the archipelago of the Borromeo Islands: Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola Superiore dei Pescatori
Brissago Islands - Island of San Pancrazio - Island of St. Apollinaris-Cannero Castles - Isolino Partegora

MACUGNAGA www.macugnaga.it

Almost at the very edge of Anzasca, lateral branch of the Val d'Ossola, lies at the foot of Monte Rosa Macugnaga The municipality extends from 946 to 4,638 meters (Monte Rosa) above sea level. Macugnaga has a great history of mountaineering mainly from the east wall of the famous Monte Rosa, the highest in the Alps With its 2600 meters height and a width of about 3 kilometers, the wall, constantly swept by avalanches, is' only in the size of the Himalayan mountain system. The wall was frequented by some of the greatest climbers of all time as Matthias Zurbriggen, Julius Kugy, Lucien Devies, Jacques Lagarde, Alessandro Pillory, Hector Zapparoli, Hermann Buhl, Kurt Diemberger, Patrick Gabarrou and Silvio Mondinelli.

MOTTARONE www.mottarone.it

is a 1,492 m high mountain in the Alps, situated between Lake Maggiore and the Lagod'Orta. Although it is not so high among the peaks of the Alps, overlooking a spectacular panorama. From its summit round, you can enjoy a magnificent 360 degree views from Maritime Alps to Monte Rosa, through the Po Valley and the "seven lakes" (Orta, Maggiore, Mergozzo, Biandronno, Varese, Monate, Comabbio). Easy to see, in fine weather, the summit of Monte Viso triangular. Because of its location between Lakes Maggiore and Orta and her being an area of more meeting that a dividing line, is known as "The Mountain of the Two Lakes". CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING There are twenty tracks, eight of which are blue, red and three black ten of the total length of 21 km. Five of these have a snowmaking system for a total of more than 5 km. The slopes are served by 6 lifts and a conveyor belt.

CATHERINE In the province of Varese, the visitor has the opportunity to visit the Hermitage of Santa Caterina. Almost a "balcony" over Lake Maggiore and its beautiful islands Boromee.
Tradition says that a rich merchant of the place, was struck by a violent storm while crossing the lake with his boat. Sought the help of Santa Caterina and woke up on a rock overhanging the water. To thank her, escaped the death, in 1200, he dedicated a chapel, right on the rock that had welcomed him during the storm and, in that sacred place, he decided to become a hermit.
Over the years, the building grew in value and importance. At the chapel were built two new small churches, St. Nicholas and Santa Maria Nuova, dating from the fourteenth century.

SACRED MOUNTAIN ORTA www.sacromonteorta.it

The Sacro Monte of Orta is part of the nine Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy in subalpine considered World Heritage. The reasons that led to the recognition state: Unlike other Sacred Mountains, Orta is the only completely dedicated to a saint, the 20 chapels of which it is composed depicting episodes from the life and miracles of St. Francis of Assisi . is the only one not to have undergone changes in its topological structure after the sixteenth century. The garden, with magnificent views of Lake Orta, has an exceptional quality. »