Monday, October 3, 2011
6:59 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
In this photo you can see how we are level with these small clouds. We began walking in this direction, towards the people in the distance. The rooftop at the left edge of the photo is Ristorante Casa della Neve, a place we've spoken about on the blog as the spot for drinking Fil da Fer and eating traditional mountain specialties. At that point you can pick up the L1 sentiero, the trail, and follow the signs.
There are other trails that branch off from the L1, longer walks leading to other peaks or down to other towns. We continue to follow the signs for the L1 and Stresa.
We've gone from dense trees to open fields. You can actually see the vegetation change along the way. We have walked slowly; it has taken us about two hours to reach the intermediate Alpino station, which you can see in the photo below. The horse stables are out of range to the left of the building. Here we have picked up the paved road again, and there is ample parking. The Giardino Botanico Alpinia is found around the bend to the right, 300 meters along.
Before returning to Stresa we stopped for a rest at the small Bar Villino Beniamino. It's warmer here, and they have a row of wooden picnic tables with umbrellas along the railing. From here we watched the cablecars come and go, while refreshing ourselves with two cold beers.
This quirky bar has some interesting 'art' and yummy simple fare. We decided to finish our walk at this point... maybe the beers had something to do with that... so we ordered a plate of melon and prosciuto, another of bresaola. It was a perfect pick-us-up after the walks down. If you however, should decide to continue walking down the L1, the good news is that the remaining section of the trail to Stresa is shorter than what we have just done.
There are countless variations you can do, and many walks in the area, of all different lengths and abilities. Trail maps can be picked up at the Tourist Office and are posted in the cableway station. Have you taken a memorable walk around Lago Maggiore that you'd like to share with us? I'm always looking for a new one to try...
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