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Biking, Hiking, Horses, And More

Okay... checklist for today's activities. Bring your mountain bike, your hiking shoes, your pulleys and ropes, and your wetsuit. Oh, and don't forget your saddle. That's because today we'll address some of the more intense outdoor activities available in the area. And for all of these you don't need to look any further than one source, a company called Bicico, which organizes group outings in all the aforementioned sports as well as others.

Bicico is probably best known for their mountain biking equipment and excursions. They are located at the base of the cablecar at the Carciano imbarcadero. Mountain bikers, you rent your equipment, including your safety gear, ride the cableway to the summit of Mt. Mottarone, gear up, and then ride down the mountain to Stresa again. There are paths and groups for all levels, including some pretty extreme ones, not for the timid.

Hiking excursions also meet on Mt. Mottarone, with it's stunning views. But there are others, in the Parco Nazionale della Val Grande, the Natural Park of Veglia-Devero, and from Ossola to Val Vigezzo, lesser known but beautiful valleys.

Rock climbing novices can practice in groups with expert instructors at Parco Sasso, where the practice boulders are pink and grey limestone.

The wetsuit we brought with us today was for canyoning, which is a lot like white water rafting, except without the raft.
The gentler trails of Mottarone and the valleys are perfect for horseback riding. Again, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned rider, there's group for you, or lessons can be arranged.


Ready to go then? Here's the English homepage for Bicico: http://www.mountainbikeitaly.eu/. And, you really don't need to bring any equipment with you. Bicico will provide you with all that you need. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm.

Not exhausted? Want to try another sport? Return to the Top Ten Sports and Outdoor Activities List here.

All photos courtesy of Bicico Web site.

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