Laveno – Sasso del Ferro

Laveno, is a small town in the province of Varese that overlooks Lake Maggiore.

This is one of the most important tourist centers of the lake and is home to the marina that easily connects the two shores of the lake, the Lombardy and Piedmont.

Laveno is also a center of excellence for pottery and porcelain.

Unfortunately, most of the industrial activities of the area have closed down, but it is possible to savor all its history at the International Museum of Ceramic Design in Cerro di Laveno, in the sixteenth-century Palazzo Perabò.

To dominate from above instead, there is the Monte Sasso del Ferro. At the top, in addition to a refuge and the arrival of the cable car, you can stop in every corner to count the lakes in the area.

Starting from the town hall in the center of the country we climb the mountain in search of unique views and landscapes.

The road is paved for a few hundred meters before becoming a mountain path. There are two alternatives: to go up directly from the stairs placed under the cable car or to follow the side path that runs along it.

Today we choose the stairs and we try to leave behind as soon as possible the meters of difference in height that separate us from the summit.

The hardest part of the trail is the central part with the steps, but once completed the path will return to climb more gently and the view behind us will change with every step.

In all, the trail does not reach 5 km, neither with steps nor without, and the view once at the top speaks for itself.

This place is certainly one of the most characteristic of the province of Varese and also for the short time it takes to visit it, we recommend it candidly.


Type of Path: mule track and path

Water: a couple of drinking fountains in the village, otherwise up at the cable car shelter


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