Vogogna, stone flower among Ossola mountains

Vogogna
Vogogna

The visit to the ancient capital of Lower Ossola can start, just outside the historic center, the Oratory of S. Peter, the first parish church, probably of Lombard origin, which houses precious frescoes. In the yard, the Celtic mask that pours fresh spring water is kept in the copy of the original Praetorian Palace. From S. Peter then on the road, and protected from the curb, he recovered after a bend in the ancient Roman and medieval port in the country. Cross the district of St. Carlo with its buildings of eighteenth-century and we take the old road De Regibus to reach the clearing where there was the second parish church with its bell tower collapsed in 1975. You saved the Renaissance portal, now embedded in the new bell tower that supports the church was consecrated in 1904.

Vogogna
Vogogna

After crossing a bridge, at the disappearance Upper Gate, you enter the heart of the village, once completely walled. On the left is the tower of the castle while driving along the main road on which in the Middle Ages looked out the shops, you get to the Praetorium. Via Roma has the right a series of buildings adorned with balconies seventeenth century, left a small porch, where the house was the tax collector, indicated by a beautiful carved portal. The Praetorian is a Gothic building supported by arches resting on squat columns, built in 1348 and the seat of government until 1819 Lower Ossola. Around the Praetorian are the most stately mansions, such as Villa Biraghi Lossetti (1650) next to the church of Santa Marta.

Vogogna
Vogogna

From the square of the Praetorian go down via Lossetti to the Lower Gate, demolished in 1837. Nice where you can enjoy the glimpse of Santa Marta from the alley. Going down in the ancient square Camillo, already outside the city walls, is on the right rear of the house Marchesa, the oldest noble house in the village (1350). The path then turns right along what remains of the ancient walls (via Under the Walls). From here you climb on the embankment of the buttresses in via Above the walls to admire the bottom corner of the village, called in dialect “Cantun Suta.” A dark arched passage leads to the eighteenth-century Palace of insinuation, from where you can reach the picturesque square of the Well. From here you climb in via Roma to take, on the left, the path that leads to the other side of the village, the “Cantun Sura”, whose houses close to each other appear to be tightening around the castle, reached by a nice climb in side stepped.

Vogogna
Vogogna

The Visconti castle with its round tower dominates Vogogna the mid-fourteenth century. After the visit, continue along the path that runs along the river and back, to get the best view of the imposing building and the ancient village with its stone roofs, the “gneiss”. A walk of about twenty minutes on the trail leading to the old village of Genestredo, the characteristics of rural dwellings of stone filled with medieval motifs. An indication on the path invites you to reach the Fortress of Lombard origin, which reduced to romantic ruin, continues to dominate from the Lower Ossola.

Cheese maker
Cheese maker

The local products

Among the foods typical of the Val d’Ossola, noteworthy are the cheeses and cold cuts.

The local dishes

The gnocchi all’ossolana are among the most famous dishes of the local cuisine. Are derived from a mixture of chestnut flour, pumpkin puree and boiled potatoes, and seasoned with melted butter and local cheese.

Where to stay in Vogogna

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