Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Mergozzo and Ossola Valleys

Via Borromea

da Re a Cannobio (28,40 km)
Highlights and tour details

This ancient trade route of the people and goods of Cannobio takes its name from S. Carlo Borromeo who made a pastoral visit to the valley in 1574. The saint slept in Gurro, where the splendid "Casa S. Carlo" preserves his memory. Along the mule track two modest aedicules recall the episode of the poor mule that carried Borromeo and that, in the stretch where the mule track starts to descend in the valley of Cavaglio coming from Traffiume, threw the illustrious pilgrim who miraculously escaped the disastrous fall into the abyss that would have been fatal for him. The route connects the Sanctuary of Re in Val Vigezzo with the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Pietà in Cannobio, allowing you to discover the most charming corners of Valle Cannobina.

Support points

April - November

Other information

Source: Unione del Lago Maggiore
Itinerary code: VBO
Historical interest: Yes
Devotional interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Notes on public transport
Re in Val Vigezzo can be reached with the Vigezzina tourist and panoramic train that connects Domodossola with Locarno ( Cannobio is covered by bus lines that connect with the railway station of Verbania Pallanza LINE 3 VERBANIA - CANNOBIO - BRISSAGO (
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
28856 Re (VB)
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Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III, 1
28822 Cannobio (VB)
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Please note that the routes may include some sections where there is traffic.
The information contained in the pathways is not binding on the authors and verifiers of the pathways.