The woods surrounding Trarego, Cheglio and Viggiona can be explored by following the numerous marked paths that allow you to discover an ancient world of “ronchi”, “monti” and “alpi”. The ‘ronchi’ are the terraces to the south of the villages where, thanks to the mild climate, vineyards were cultivated and cattle grazed. The “mountains” are grassy glades with huts, located above the villages, intended to house the cattle during spring and autumn. The ‘alps’ or alpine pastures, on the other hand, are the places high up in the mountains where cattle were moved during the summer season to take advantage of the grass on the moors. Today, although this agro-pastoral world has irrevocably disappeared, there is still the opportunity to rediscover this ancient world that has been able to blend harmoniously with the mountain environment.
The first Big Bench in the Lake District (Lake Maggiore and Varese) is located on Mount Carza at an altitude of 1116 metres above sea level. The Big Bench is nothing more than a bench, but it has a special feature: it is maxi-sized. In fact, climbing on a giant bench allows you to become a child again and admire the panorama of Lake Maggiore from a different perspective.
Cycling is one of the best ways to experience nature around Trarego Viggiona. To help you choose the right cycle route, we have selected some of the best in the area around Trarego Viggiona. Choose the one that suits you best and set off on an adventure!
Wonderwood: the park where children can have grown-up adventures and where adults can become children again for a day. At 15 minutes from Cannero Riviera, with a splendid view of Lake Maggiore, Wonderwood will make you spend a day in nature with four adventure trails, a large playground, mini jeeps and a relaxation area at a height of 1,000 metres (and cool!).
A dip in its cool waters is not to be missed. This is a natural gorge created by the river whose waters, over the centuries, have shaped the rocks into natural potholes and chutes.
It is possible to book rides, either in the saddle or in the company of our horses and/or donkeys, to escape from the routine and admire the landscapes of Upper Lake Maggiore among woods and panoramas. Excursions can be tailored to the experience level of the riders as well as to the duration and the route to be taken. The aim is to give everyone the opportunity to get to know the wonderful world of horse riding.
In May, its slopes are covered with a colourful and fragrant carpet. Easy hike (1 hour from Passo Colle) in all seasons and suitable for families. From its summit (1534m above sea level) there is a 360° panorama from the Swiss Alps to the Maritime Alps. Eyes wide open to discover the trenches of the Cadorna Line.
In Viggiona is the 17th-century Baroque parish church dedicated to San Maurizio, with a beautiful churchyard, a detached bell tower and, inside, an important wooden crucifix, a beautiful Madonna del Rosario, the imposing mosaic dedicated to Santa Gianna Beretta Molla inaugurated in 2019 and an interesting Pietà. A Way of the Cross, created in the 1960s by students of the Stuttgart Art Academy, leads to the nearby Cemetery, at the centre of which stands the Romanesque ‘Old Church’, whose original, now disused building dates back to the 15th century.
The parish church of Trarego is dedicated to S. Martino and was built in the mid 1600s on a pre-existing oratory already mentioned in 1166. The church houses a marble altar, a precious baptistery in pink Candoglia marble (the same used to build Milan Cathedral) and, in side chapels, two wooden statues from the 1700s: a Madonna della Cintura (Madonna of the Belt) and a Madonna Nera di Loreto (Black Madonna of Loreto), both objects of particular devotion. The view of the village and lake from the churchyard is spectacular.
In Cheglio, an ancient oratory dedicated to S. Rocco, patron saint of plague victims, houses a precious 16th-century polyptych depicting an enthroned Madonna and Child with Saints Rocco, Sebastian and Martin. The Oratory of St. Eurosia in Passo Piazza is the site of a popular festival on the first Sunday in August. The present oratory was built at the beginning of the 19th century on the site of a primitive chapel dating from 1667.