From Lake Delio’s northern dam walk towards Maccagno on the lakeside road until you get to a parking lot. A sign-posted path will take you down to the Lake Delio cheese farm (both a rest area and a place for tasting local origin-certified food). Proceed downhill for 250 metres until you cross a well-marked mule track leading to Maccagno. It is a very suggestive walk with scenic views on Lake Maggiore and nice buildings like the recently restored and wonderful porticoed “Cappella del Pane” chapel.
Maccagno, where you can easily find accommodation, has several points of interest. Among them find time to visit the Contemporary Art Museum of the “Fondazione Parisi”. Visit the old town centre of Maccagno Inferiore; the Contrada Maggiore district, with its porticoes and rows of ancient houses and 16th and 17th century palazzos; the Piazza a Lago with the “Madonnina della Punta” Sanctuary and other churches among which the 17th century Church of Santo Stefano, the Church of San Materno, and the Church of Sant’Antonio. In Sant’Antonio frescoes by Antonio da Tradate can be seen. From the Church of “San Martino a Campagnano”, with its late-romanesque bell tower, you can enjoy a breath-taking view of Lake Maggiore. From Maccagno you can get by boat to Angera, where the Emerald Trail of the Valle del Ticino Park starts.
Source: progetto Charta Itinerum, Regione Lombardia, Club Alpino Italiano 2006
Landscape, NATURA2000, Protected areas
The Val Veddasca is in the northernmost area of Varese province. It is a wild and secluded valley with many vestiges of a rural Alpine society. Human presence in the valley is very old, as was shown by archaeological finds and prehistoric graffiti (Source: ilvaresotto.it). Furthermore the entire Val Veddasca is a Natura 2000 site (SIC IT2010016, Habitat map, Site description).
Wildlife, Emerald species
Insects and crustaceans: Cerambyx cerdo, Lucanus cervus, Euphidrias aurinia, Euplagia quadripunctaria, Astropotamobius pallipes
Fishes: Barbus plebejus, Cottus gobio, Leuciscus souffia, Rutilus pigus
Birds: Pernis apivorus, Milvus migrans, Circaetus gallicus, Circus cyaneus, Aquila chrysaetos,
Falco peregrinus, Tetrao tetrix, Alectoris graeca, Caprimulgus europaeus, Dryocopus martius, Anthus campestris, Lanius collurio, Emberiza hortulana, Bonasia bonasia
Bats: Myotis emarginatus
Other species of interest:
Mammals: foy, badger, chamois, red deer, wild boar, roe deer
Protected areas, Emerald and Natura 2000 sites
- Val Veddasca Natura 2000 site
Priority conservation area of the WWF European Alpine Programme
WWF’s tips for hikers
Plan each stage carefully; purchase a 1:25000 map, use light but sturdy equipment (hiking boots, rain cape, binoculars…). Be sure to carry a small supply of water and food. We suggest you taste local food (possibly organic) at resting places and restaurants.
Do not litter, do not pick up flowers or rocks and in no way disturb the local fauna. It is unsafe for inexperienced hikers to leave the marked trails and it may cause disturbance to wildlife.
History and ethnography
- Fondazione Parisi Museum of Contemporary Art
- Old town centre of Maccagno Inferiore with the Contrada Maggiore district
- Sanctuary of the Madonnina della punta, Piazza a Lago, Maccagno
- Church of Santo Stefano
- Church of San Materno
- Church of Sant'Antonio
- Church of San Martino
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