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 turn right when you'll see the sign "Camping Isolino" to enter in the Regional Nature Reserve of the thicket of Fondotoce, a European protected area.
Continue on the path along the river where you will admire lush trees, flowers and, if you’ll be lucky, some wild rabbits. Pass then 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.
Go back with the same way or 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.
Download HERE the GPX track of the trail!
Discovere HERE the 3D map of the trail!