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This itinerary connects the Stra’ Granda, the ancient road of the Anzasca Valley, taking a few detours along the way. It includes a continuous succession of churches, oratories, votive chapels and frescoes – all symbols of the time when faith was a support system for the difficulties and hardships faced in daily life ages ago.

The route departs from the village of Molini near the Locanda Bar Ristorante del Tiglio. Immediately after, a stairway leads to the church of the Madonna of Gurva below. Once back on the main road, return uphill for approximately 50 m (165 ft) towards Macugnaga then turn right onto the small street that rises towards Duiamem-Vigino until crossing the Stra’ Granda, the ancient road along the Anzasca Valley. Follow it towards Piedimulera until Molini, then turn left to take trail B00b which climbs to Vigino. The trail continues on to Boretta and descends gently to Antrogna with its pretty parish church. From there, walking along the Stra’ Granda, cross the river and arrive at Calasca Dentro. The mule track continues on into the woods, drops down to cross a stream with a pretty stone bridge and then rises again to the hamlet of Barzona, with its oratory and monument to mine workers. From here, it’s a twenty minute descent to Pontegrande, where you can take the bus to return to the departure point.

Last update: 06/03/2018 ore 16:48:29

Itinerary informations

Starting Point

Molini di Calasca


B00 + B00b + B00

Altitude Difference Going Up

340 m

Altitude Difference Going Down

250 m

Track Length

5,8 km

Elapsed Track Traversal Time

2 h 15

Track Numbers

B00 + B00b + B00

Difficulty Level

T (Facile)

Recommended Time Period

March – November


Valle Anzasca

Notable Items along the Track

The sanctuary of the Madonna of Gurva in Molini, Museo della Milizia tradizionale (Museum of the Traditional Militia) in Calasca, the parish church of Antrogna (the cathedral in the woods) dedicated to Saint Anthony Abate, the oratory of Barzona dedicated to San Carlo (St. Charles), the ancient washhouse and church dedicated to the Madonna del Buon Consiglio (Our Lady of Good Counsel) in Calasca Dentro

Bus stop

on the Domodossola – Macugnaga bus line


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