Various useful tips

... to walk informed!

La prima cosa che vedi quando arrivi a Cicogna è il nostro centro visita: siamo all’inizio del villaggio, sull’unica strada di accesso. Ti accogliamo all’interno di una sala polifunzionale al pianterreno, ma nelle tantissime giornate di sole ci allarghiamo anche all’esterno, perché ci piace molto parlare con i visitatori, che arrivano da tutta Europa, e che spesso alla fine della giornata ci raccontano la loro esperienza in Val Grande.

Da noi puoi avere informazioni sulle escursioni più adatte a te, sul meteo, sulle strutture ricettive, sugli eventi in calendario, sulle attività di animazione che organizziamo durante la stagione estiva, con molti materiali gratuiti. Se sei interessato ad approfondire gli argomenti o a portarti a casa un ricordo della Val Grande puoi visitare il nostro piccolo ma ben fornito negozio.

To organize an excursion with a guide, the National Park recommends the official guides. Con loro puoi organizzare una gita di un giorno od una traversata di più giorni, utilizzando come base di partenza e di arrivo il nostro Ostello, non solo per pernottare, ma anche durante il giorno. Tutto il nostro lavoro si ispira ai principi del Turismo Sostenibile, che mettiamo in pratica seguendo le azioni programmate nell’ambito della Carta Europea per il Turismo Sostenibile.

Presso il centro visita è attivo un servizio di wi-fi gratuito a disposizione di tutti i visitatori, molto utile tenendo conto che a Cicogna il segnale di telefonia mobile non arriva.

Entrance: FREE

Tips for your excursions

We list some good tips in order to organize your excursion in complete safety:

- Never leave the marked trails.

- Study the excursion you want to do on the topographic map, adapting your skills to the chosen itinerary. We recommend the official hiking map of the Val Grande National Park 1st edition 2015, scale 1: 30,000 (can be purchased in Cicogna at the Info-Point and the Hostel)

- In the event of an accident, call the "112" Emergency. The Operations Center will respond to alert the Alpine and Speleological National Rescue Corps teams (Prevention notes in www.soccorsoalpinovaldossola.it/ ). In the distress call, remember to answer four basic questions: who was involved, how, where and at what time the accident occurred.

- If you use the bivouacs of the Park keep in mind that these are unattended structures that are always open (with the exception of the Pian Vadà bivouac, for which keys must be requested from the Park Authority), all equipped with a wood-burning stove for heating and cooking food. The wood should be consumed sparingly, also thinking of who will come next, in order to guarantee the quantity necessary for those who will attend the bivouac on rainy days or in the colder months. It is welcome if you contribute to the supply of wood by going to the woods to collect branches and trunks that are on the ground, placing them inside the bivouac in order to guarantee a minimum availability of dry wood. It is necessary to have a sleeping bag for the night, food and, where not present, water. The closest sources are indicated in the individual bivouacs. The availability of water, depending on the flow rate of the springs, is not always guaranteed.

- Do not disturb the animals, who are protected. Fishing is allowed in a controlled way, as it does not interfere with trout populations. The regulation is available at the Carabinieri Parks Group - P.N. Department "Val Grande". Flowers are a wealth to protect: leave them where they are.

- Mushrooms can only be collected by residents and owners of the land, for the local economic activities that underlie the landscape and the mountain economy.

We also invite you to carefully read the rules of use of mountain rescue, regulated by the Piedmont Region with the DGR n. 27 - 2363 of 2 November 2015 .

Useful travel tips

The village of Cicogna is only 15 kilometers from the city of Verbania and the shores of Lake Maggiore. The most comfortable way to get there is certainly the car, or the motorcycle . The main starting point is the Verbania Fondotoce roundabout , very close to the A26 motorway toll booths, the campsites and the Verbania railway station. From here we go up for a few kilometers, passing the Bieno hamlet. After a large 180-degree bend, the road to Cicogna begins on the left. After leaving the villages of Santino and Rovegro behind, we finally enter the wild atmosphere of the Val Grande. It starts with three kilometers of flat ground, to be traveled carefully, because the road is narrow, and if we meet someone in the opposite direction we have to use the pitches to do some maneuvers. The natural rock gallery marks the beginning of the National Park. The spectacular bridge over the Rio Val Grande canyon introduces us to the last 4 kilometers, steeper, with some hairpin bends, to always be traveled with caution. If this is the first time you go up to Cicogna, you need to estimate a journey time of about 35 minutes from the Verbania Fondotoce roundabout. A great way to get there < strong> is the bicycle . If you have a good leg, you can do it with racing bike or mountain bike. If you have any doubts, it is safer to use a pedal-assisted bike (if you don't have one, you can rent it in the village of Rovegro). The road is always asphalted. Be careful in the tunnel (it is not illuminated) and do not hesitate to ring the bell to make yourself heard by the motorists you meet. If you want to come to us without a car, we will be delighted. For this reason we have organized our own car-pooling service from Verbania Pallanza station . This station is well connected:

  • for those arriving from the route Bern, Brig, Sempione, Domodossola with fast and frequent trains;
  • for those arriving from Milan , with frequent and also cheap regional trains;
  • for those arriving from Malpensa airport , thanks to the frequent trains leaving from terminals 1 and 2;

Those arriving from Southern Germany and the French and Swiss Alpine regions can also use the low-cost buses that arrive in Milan or Malpensa airport: very frequent and very cheap. From there you can take the train to Verbania. To avoid the car you have a lot of solutions, and we will be happy to transport you to the capital of our National Park