Stresa - Mergozzo
The flower route between two lakes
A trail among Lake Maggiore’s amazing blossoms; camelias, rhododendrons and azaleas will make your bike tour colorful, especially in April and May.
Start from Stresa and follow the SS 33 (road signs to Verbania), pass Fondotoce’s roundabout and, at the petrol station, turn right towards the parking. Cross the small bridge, and you will find the start of the Fondotoce cycle path that leads to the Regional Nature Reserve of the thicket of Fondotoce, a European protected area.
Continue until the crossing, if you go straight, you’ll reach the animals’ observatory, on the right, the path continues towards the beach. After a relaxing pause at the beach, continue to the right and follow the path along the Toce river. You’ll see lush trees, flowers and, if you’ll be lucky, some wild rabbits. Pass under the road bridge, the railway bridge and the highway bridge.
Length: 35,3 km
Elevation gain: 88 m
Equipment: MTB, City
Take the asphalted provincial road to Mergozzo and then get back on the path (following the signs for Mergozzo). Cross the sports field and continue until the end. Then follow the road signs to reach the lakeside in Mergozzo and enjoy the peaceful landscape.
Continue along the lakeside and take the blue path (Sentiero Azzurro) near the of the lake. Then, after a short stretch on asphalted road, return to the dirt path and pass the campsites on the way towards Fondotoce. Once you reach the roundabout, follow directions for Baveno/Stresa.
The whole path is signaled by red signs.
Curiosity: Fondotoce Nature Reserve is the largest wetland and thicket of Lake Maggiore, is inhabited by several animals like reptiles, amphibians, foxes, badgers, weasels and of course many lake fish species.