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WHITE HORIZONS

Fri, 5 February 2016
WHITE HORIZONS
What a wonderful surprise to find our lovely Ossola Mountains headlined at the newsagent's! The new January-February edition of the prestigious Meridiani Montagne is entirely dedicated to the valleys of Formazza, Antigorio and Divedro. For anyone who loves the silence of snowy peaks, excursions th..

What a wonderful surprise to find our lovely Ossola Mountains headlined at the newsagent's! The new January-February edition of the prestigious Meridiani Montagne is entirely dedicated to the valleys of Formazza, Antigorio and Divedro.

For anyone who loves the silence of snowy peaks, excursions through lonely ravines, or easy-going walks over green grassy areas past mineral water springs, this strip of Piedmont wedged between the Swiss mountains, is a piece of paradise.

There are idyllic places to be marvelled at like the magnificent Toce Waterfall or the intriguing Uriezzo Bluffs, the Crampiolo Alp or the picturesque Lake of the Witches (or the Fairies, according to…).

These places, not far from La Darbia, are steeped in history and art with their tiny little walser villages and the precious frescoes in the parish church of Baceno.

Artificial lakes and impressive dykes in the valleys of Ossola , such as the Morasco dam and the Sabbione dyke, which feed numerous hydroelectric stations; buildings designed by the architect Portalupi in the early half of the 1900s with great care and attention for the aesthetic structure and style.

There are various opportunities for those keen on the mountains, including snowwalking, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing…

When one finally descends from the slopes after a day dedicated to sport a visit to the Spa wells at Premia may be the ideal way to bask in relaxation or you may want to purchase some of the excellent local food products, in particular, the renowned Bettelmatt.

I warmly recommend having an aperitif with the famous Crodino, a drink produced and bottled right here in the village of Crodo, from which it gets its name.

So… cheers!

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