Lake Maggiore by motorbike: Ossola Valley, Cheggio and Russi Alps

Motorbike itinerary in Piedmont between Angera and its Rocca, the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, the Antrona Valley, Alpe Cheggio and Alpe Russi.

Lake Maggiore by motorbike passing by: Angera and its Rocca, the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, the Antrona Valley, Alpe Cheggio and Alpe Russi.

Rocca di Angera

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The Rocca of Angera

The lake has its own charm but honestly the roads are not always the best of fun. For this reason we decide to start from angera, for a quick coffee and a visit to the famous Rocca di Angera. This stands majestically on a rock spur overlooking the southern shore of Lake Maggiore. Still today owned by the Borromeo family, inside, an enthralling path leads to the discovery of the imposing Historical Rooms and the Doll and Toy Museum, the largest in Europe. The setting is the sought after Medieval Garden, rich in symbolic meanings, created following careful studies on codes, period documents and images on illuminated manuscripts. Image by WikimediaImages from Pixabay

Santa Caterina del Sasso

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Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

Leaving Angera we resume the road towards Laveno with another short cultural and panoramic stop at the splendid Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, perched on an overhanging rocky wall overlooking the lake as well as one of the most evocative scenarios of Lake Maggiore. It can be reached from the square above, by descending a panoramic staircase of 240 steps, or simply by taking advantage of the comfortable and modern lift (€ 1,00 return). The Hermitage was founded in the 1195th century by the merchant Alberto Besozzi of Arolo (Leggiuno), who, during a shipwreck, vowed to St. Catherine to take refuge here in a cave. In XNUMX he built a small church in S. Caterina d'Alessandria as a sign of public thanks for the grace received. By Mattana - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Laveno and Mergozzo

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Lake of Mergozzo

After many shots and a visit to the various structures of the Hermitage, we arrive at laveno, where we take the fast but always fascinating ferry that transports us to the opposite shore. Navigation is pleasant and a nice variation on our leather saddles. We walk along the right bank of Lake Mergozzo, a small favor among the mountains that begin to frame the Val D'Ossola. The village is small and its lakeside square is enchanting, both for a quick stop and for a lunch.

Antrona Valley

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Antrona Valley

Leaving Mergozzo the road is not very fun, for this reason we recommend taking a quick extension on the SS33 state road, to arrive first in Villadossola, where the road that leads us to the Natural Park of the Antrona Valley. It is a high mountain park, with 4 artificial basins at high altitude and the Antrona lake, originated by a landslide in 1642. The road begins to make us have fun again and curve after curve we breathe the smell of the mountains. You climb higher and higher, the curves tighten and the pace slows down, however safety and to enjoy the postcard landscape among woods, meadows and pastures. By Alessandro Vecchi - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Links

Arrived at Antronapiana you can opt or visit both:

  • theAlpe Cheggio where you can do the walking tour of the Lake of the Horses or stop and refresh yourself at the Città di Novara Refuge for excellent local dishes of game, polenta and cheeses.
  • theAlpe Russi and Antrona Lake, equally suggestive and fascinating. In one day, however, we do not consider it feasible to walk around both basins.


One was used for the tour Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic from 2016, very comfortable for short and medium distances, excellent help from the abs in some critical downhill braking and the large twin-cylinder 103ci (1.690cc) with its excellent recovery at lower rpm. The riding position occasionally strains the legs and forces you to "stretch" putting your feet on the passenger footboards or on the paramotor. Comfortable and roomy bags in. Aesthetically, the Milwaukee house with this old school and very elegant colorway has no rivals.


Gallery lakes: By Alessandro Vecchi - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link - By Enrico Robetto - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link