Opening times autumn 2013:
Monday: 09.00 - 12.30
Tuesday: 09.00 - 12.30 e 14.30 - 18.00
Thursday: 09.00 - 12.30
Friday: 09.00 - 12.30
Saturday: 09.00 - 12.30 e 14.30 - 18.00
Sunday: 09.00 - 12.30
In the coming months there are some unmissable opportunities for recreation and entertainment on the shores of Lago di Mezzola. At Verceia the local authority and associates have drawn up an attractive programme of activities where visitors can combine some superb walks whilst taking in much of the rich tapestry of local history.
Two dates in June to make a note of in your diary: the first a sporting event – a day of rowing races planned for June 17 – followed on June 24th when San Sciuch will dedicate the day to the Festa degli alpini. July offers more events: we return to the lake on the 15th to appreciate the efforts of some of the country’s finest rowers challenging each other for the Coppa Montù; then the “Sant’Anna” festival will stretch over the three days 27-29 at Foppaccia incorporating a range of entertainment and typical local fare. In August Frasnedo will host the “Madonna della Neve” festival on the 5th; the following week – on the 12th – the “fish festival” will naturally enough be based along the shores of the lake at Mezzola with plenty local dishes and amusement at hand. And on the 15th and 16th back at Frasnedo there’s the Mid-August festival.
BIKING AND TREKKING
Enthusiasts of getting out and about won’t be disappointed either: lovers of biking can take off on some terrific routes – parts of which follow the old SS36 which has been transformed into a bicycle path, along the shores of the lake and then heading south towards the natural wonderland of the Riserva Naturale del Pian di Spagna within which a multitude of different species of birds make their nests and where some of the great migrating birds take a well-earned break. For anyone who prefers to set off on foot there are trails to suit young and old: at Verceia the splendid “Strada dei Cavalli” is just one of many. It’s recently been the subject of considerable improvement and boasts beautiful scenery overlooking
the nature reserve along a route which at one time represented the original link road between Valchiavenna and Valtellina. It takes around a couple of hours and access from the south is at the very mouth of Valchiavenna itself, just a short stroll from the open space occupied by the Dolzino fountain. The path hugs the side of the terraced vineyards heading northwards.
And there’s a very special treat this summer for visitors in the shape of the inauguration - in museum-style of the gallery created during the First World War by Italian soldiers and which served as a store for arms and munitions. It’s a network of narrow tunnels which infiltrate the heart of the mountain after leaving the old SS36 and represents a pretty much unknown treasure. A cleverly designed lighting system ensures that visitors remain quite safe and can appreciate the labours that went into its creation.