Highlights and tour details
Leaving from the main square of Pogno, shortly after the parish church we head along the Strada della Cremosina continuing slightly uphill until we reach the S. Bernardo tunnel.
Once out of the tunnel, we turn right after about a hundred metres, following the signs for Zuccaro and Valpiana.
The road climbs rapidly: on the left we find the deviation for Oraldo, but we continue straight on until reaching Zuccaro, a hamlet of Valduggia.
We continue uphill, passing the hamlets of Seula, Orsanvenzo and reaching Valpiana. Here the road climbs steeply with a series of hairpin bends. We must be very careful because the road surface is considerably damaged. We continue through woods of beech and birch trees and then cross the area of the Sabbioni, white blocks of decomposing granite.
At the entrance to Boleto we turn right, following via Monte Avigno and reaching the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso and its panoramic square with a view over Lake Orta.
We retrace our steps and cycle along via Santuario; at the stop sign we turn right into via Riotti. At the next stop sign we turn left and then follow the indications for Artò and Centonara.
We proceed past the sports field and through the small hamlet of Artò. We reach the parish church of San Bernardino on the left and ride downhill again towards the village of Centonara. We continue in the direction of Alzo in Pella: at the end of the descent, we turn left at the stop sign and then right at the next stop sign towards the centre of the village of Alzo. We ride past the parish church and a roundabout and then turn left downhill following the signs for Pella. We descend quickly to the church of S. Filiberto: at the stop sign we turn right and continue in the direction of San Maurizio d'Opaglio. After the climb we reach the traffic lights where we have to turn left along via Roma in the direction of Gozzano. We continue on a long flat stretch as far as the area of the sports field of Gozzano: at the roundabout we keep to the right in the direction of Pogno and after a last steep climb called "il chilometro" (the kilometre) we return to our departure point in Pogno.
Points of interest
Stages: Pogno - Cremosina - Valpiana - Madonna del Sasso - Alzo di Pella - San Maurizio d'Opaglio - Pogno.
To see: the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, the Church of San Filiberto di Pella.
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
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