The "Via del Ferro" is a thematic itinerary to discover the iron and mining sites that characterised the upper Morobbia Valley until the beginning of the 19th century. The route enables visitors to discover exciting evidence of that period, such as the spectacular ruins of the Maglio and the Carena furnace, the mysterious mines and the demonstration charcoal pile.
The thematic route starts from the square of the "Via del Ferro", located a few hundred metres before Carena, where there is a bronze commemorative statue of Giancarlo Tamagni and the first thematic panels, and touches all the points of interest relating to the mining and processing of iron that affected the upper valley in the second half of the 15th century and at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. It is thus possible to visit the remains of the Maglio and the Carena furnace, brought to light after almost two centuries of abandonment, the entrance to the two Valletta mines rediscovered in 2005, which can be reached by following a diversion, and the demonstration charcoal pile.
The excursion not only allows you to deepen your knowledge of this activity of the past, through the thematic panels scattered along the route, but also to immerse yourself in the exciting alpine landscape of the upper valley, touching on the themes of alpine farming at the Giumello alpine pasture and the reforestation, which took place in the first half of the last century, which can be observed when looking from Giumello towards the right side of the valley, in the direction of Giggio. Climbing up after Giumello, an enchanting view opens up to the west over the Piano di Magadino, the Verbano with its mountains and Monte Rosa on the horizon.
The "Via del Ferro", an integral cross-border route, is a themed itinerary that retraces the historic routes that linked the Morobbia Valley to the Cavargna and Albano Valleys.
At Bocchetta di Sommafiume the route divides into two parts: on one side, climbing the Motto della Tappa (or Cima Verta), you reach the Cavargna Valley and Ceresio, and on the other you descend the Albano Valley to Dongo on the Lario.
These valleys also preserve important traces of the ancient iron and steel industry, highlighted by thematic panels: settlements, charcoal pits, post stations, connection routes between extraction areas (quarries, mines), processing areas (blast furnaces, forges, water hammers) and product sales.
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To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website map.geo.admin.ch offers constantly updated data.
- Waterproof clothing, light and warm
- Hiking boots
- Gloves, sun cap, change of clothes
- Backpack maximum 5-8 kg
- First aid kit with penknife
- Torch, sunglasses, sun cream, water-bottle
- Hiking map/topographic map
- Raincover for backpacks
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