The village of Cicogna is only 15 kilometers from the city of Verbania and the shores of Lake Maggiore. The most convenient 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, camping sites and the Verbania train station. From here we go up for a few kilometers, passing the hamlet of Bieno. 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 slight slope, to be covered with caution, because the road is narrow, and if we meet someone in the opposite direction we must use the pitches to make some maneuvers. The natural rock tunnel 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 be covered always with caution. If this is the first time you go up to Cicogna, you have to estimate a travel time of about 35 minutes from the Verbania Fondotoce roundabout. An excellent way to get there is by bicycle. If you have a good leg, you can do it with a 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 town of Rovegro). The road is always paved. Be careful in the tunnel (it is not lit) and do not hesitate to ring the bell to be heard by the drivers you meet. If you want to come to us without a car, we will be delighted. This is why we have organized our own car-pooling service from the Verbania Pallanza station. This station is well connected:
- for those arriving from the Bern, Brig, Simplon, Domodossola line 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 that depart 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.