Hiking

Via Geoalpina

da Valle Cannobina a Valstrona (92,90 km)
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Highlights and tour details

The Via Geoalpina of the Val Grande National Park is part of an international project that aims to disseminate knowledge about earth sciences such as geology, geomorphology, hydrology, natural hazards or the use of stone through signposted routes that raise interest among tourists and hikers about the history of the formation of the Alpine chain and the secrets of the earth.

The itinerary strengthens and enhances the network of historical and environmental routes that innervate the system of hiking in the VCO and Upper Novara area on one part, and on the other, the north-eastern ridge of the Sesia Val Grande Unesco Global Geopark, which lies within the territory of the National Park and the surrounding areas from the Italian-Swiss border to Campello Monti in Valle Strona. Travelling along the Via Geoalpina, in addition to enjoying an extraordinary variety of landscapes and mountain environments, you will also come across two important stretches of geological interest (set up with thematic information panels) such as the Pogallo Line, in the homonymous valley, and the so-called "Serie dei Laghi" along the ridge of the Cadorna Line from Pian Cavallo to Zeda.

The itinerary then joins both the initial stretch of Falmenta-Gurro and the final point of Campello Monti on stages of the Great Crossing of the Piedmontese Alps (GTA) and can effectively constitute a variant of extraordinary interest to reach Lake Maggiore from Valle Sesia.

Other information

Source: Ente Parco Nazionale Val Grande
Itinerary code: VGP
Phone coverage: partial
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Cursolo
28827 Valle Cannobina (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Arrival
Campello Monti frazione Campello Monti
28897 Valstrona (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Stages

Accommodations and services

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Albergo Ristorante Antica Stallera
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Albergo Ristorante Antica Stallera
The ANTICA STALLERA 3-star hotel is located in the centre of Cannobio, on Lake Maggiore, just 100 metres from the lakefront. The 18 rooms are small oases of relaxation, characterised by a design with warm Mediterranean colours. The rooms have views of the internal garden or of Val Cannobina and …
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Albergo Vittoria
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Albergo Vittoria
Situated in the centre of Premeno, Hotel Vittoria offers a restaurant that serves local and international cuisine, rooms with sat-TV and a common room. The rooms, in some cases embellished with ceilings featuring exposed beams or free Wi-Fi connection, are all equipped with private bathroom with …
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B&B Cip e Ciop
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Cip e Ciop
Located in the heart of Cossogno, 15 minutes by car from the centre of Verbania, the B&B Cip e Ciop is surrounded by the Val Grande National Park, boasts a full breakfast and offers rooms with simple and lively furnishings. Inside a building dating to the 17th century, all the rooms are equipped …
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Camping Bosco
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Accommodation outdoors
Camping Bosco
Facing directly onto Lake Maggiore in a small and delightful inlet protected by Punta Bragone, of important ecological-environmental importance, the Complex of the Village and Campsite rises close to the border with Switzerland (about 5 km). The facility ensures high standards of cleaning and …
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Camping La Sierra
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Accommodation outdoors
Camping La Sierra
“LA SIERRA” campsite is located in the town of Ghiffa, 3 km from Verbania, immersed in the nature of the most beautiful coasts of Lake Maggiore.
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Casa del Profumo Feminis - Farina
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Casa del Profumo Feminis - Farina
“Casa del Profumo” is the new museum centre that pays tribute to the history of Aqua Mirabilis. A collection of testimonies that take the visitor on a discovery of emigration from Vigezzo and of the history of the Eau de Cologne, whose formulation was devised by Giovanni Paolo Feminis, a …
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Ecomuseo del Granito di Montorfano e Civico Museo Archeologico
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Ecomuseo del Granito di Montorfano e Civico Museo Archeologico
Mergozzo is a land of stone with its landscape that combines the transparency of the lake waters with the imposing presence of Montorfano, to which is dedicated the Ecomuseum of Granite, and a thousand-year old land with archaeological traces dating back to the stone age and preserved in the …
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Fattoria del Toce
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Educational Farms
Fattoria del Toce
An educational farm aimed primarily at organised groups, schools, summer camps and families. Animals on the farm: sheep, pigs, cows, pheasants, geese, ducks, turkeys, guinea fowl, donkeys, goats, ponies, etc.. There are also peacocks, emus, parrots, chinchilla, cockatiels, tortoises, 52 breeds of …
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Girasole
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Holiday Houses and Apartments
Girasole
Located just a stone's throw from the beaches of Lake Maggiore and from River Cannobino, il Girasole offers furnished apartments, free bicycles, a sun terrace and a swimming pool. The lodgings of Girasole are equipped with private entrance, free parking, living area and kitchen. They also avail of …
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Hotel Ristorante Miramonti
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Ristorante Miramonti
Situated only 5 minutes from the ski slopes of Piana di Vigezzo, Hotel Restaurant Miramonti boasts a traditional restaurant, a private garden and rooms with free Wi-Fi connection. In the morning, you can enjoy a continental style breakfast. The rooms, classically furnished with parquet floors or …
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Hotel Villa Palmira
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Villa Palmira
This 19th century villa is located 200 metres from the beach of Cannobio, which has been awarded the Blue Flag, on Lake Maggiore. All the rooms have parquet floors and a flat screen satellite TV. The centre of Cannobio is 5 minutes away on foot. All the lodgings at Villa Palmira are equipped with …
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Lago Maggiore Aquadventure Park
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Lago Maggiore Aquadventure Park
The Aquadventure Park is the first adventure and water park on the banks of Lake Maggiore. It features a series of trails and sports facilities typical of an Adventure Park, from the acrojump to the bike cross, from the climbs to Tibetan bridges, from the five-a-side soccer to the tug of war, …
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Museo \
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo "Ca' di Feman da la Piaza"
A museum that recalls the life and activities of the Vigezzo of the past. The small ethnographic museum is housed in a magnificent 17th century building completely in stone, facing onto a small square. It takes its name from its last owners, the sisters Rosa and Giovanna Adorna. The exhibition …
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Museo Archeologico della Pietra Ollare
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo Archeologico della Pietra Ollare
The archaeological museum of the Val Grande National Park is part of the regional Ecomuseum of the Soapstone and of the Stonecutters, recognised by the Regione Piemonte, in 2007. The archaeological and ethnographic route with material found in the necropolis of Val Vigezzo, illustrates ancient and …
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Museo del Paesaggio
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo del Paesaggio
The Landscape Museum of Verbania was set up in 1909 thanks to the commitment of Antonio Massara and operates in different locations. The main exhibition site of the Museum is Palazzo Viani Dugnani in Verbania Pallanza that is home to the Troubetzkoy Plaster Cast Gallery, the sculpture collection, …
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Museo dello Spazzacamino
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo dello Spazzacamino
The CHIMNEY SWEEP MUSEUM, the only one in Italy, is located inside the magnificent park of Villa Antonia in the historic centre of SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE in VALLE VIGEZZO, in the Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola. Set up by the same municipality, it is finalised at promoting and spreading the …
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Museo dell’Arte del Cappello
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo dell’Arte del Cappello
The Museum is located inside the former Panizza hat factory that was set up in 1881 and produced fine fur felt hats until 1981. Documents and images of the time, ancient tools for the manual production of felt hats and historic machinery, samples of hats, advertising posters and factory …
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Museo etnografico di Gurro e della Valle Cannobina
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo etnografico di Gurro e della Valle Cannobina
Expression of the customs and the popular culture of the entire Valley of Cannobio, Gurro preserves an ancient historic centre with stone houses with large wooden loggias, one close to the other, and small streets that cross the residential nucleus. At the centre of the old village is the …
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Museo Etnografico e della Spazzola - Parco degli Agrumi
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo Etnografico e della Spazzola - Parco degli Agrumi
The museum was born in 1981 thanks to the students and teachers of the Secondary Schools, who, with the help of the families, collected numerous items of local tradition. The materials on display outline the past history of Cannero, propose the reconstruction of an old kitchen and of the household …
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Museo Tattile di Scienze Naturali
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Museo Tattile di Scienze Naturali
The museum reveals the key naturalistic and environmental features of the territory: the usability is favoured by the possibility to touch all the materials on show, living plants and naturalised animals. The route is divided into several dioramas that reconstruct the rural environment, the high …
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Nina e Berto
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Holiday accommodation
Nina e Berto
45m² studio apartments with loft, sleeps 8, magnificent lake view, car park, beach and situated 1 km from the centre.
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Parco Naturalistico Micologico Fiorlago
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Parco Naturalistico Micologico Fiorlago
The visit to the Park is structured with a teaching game designed according to the group target: families, schools, mixed groups. Essentially both the children and the adults equipped with magnifying glass look at and discover the area. The group is divided into various subgroups which playing …
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Praudina Adventure Park
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Praudina Adventure Park
Mountain adventure park designed specifically for “kids” located in the pine forest area of Santa Maria Maggiore, already full of sports facilities and true beating heart of “green” activities of the Vigezzo Valley. Ph. Massimo Bertina
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Toce Park
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Toce Park
Electric car track, Electric Quad track, Tour with Bikes, tour with Quads, pony and horse rides, carriage rides (booking required), picnic area with barbecue facilities, celebrations and birthdays, team building.
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Wonderwood
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Theme parks
Wonderwood
Family Park with 4 adventure routes and playground, ranger trail (route with electric jeeps for kids), relaxation area for adults and the restaurant Grotto Carza.
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