MONTE MOTTERONE. 27. Route. 173
Zanetta), and, on the E. bank, Angera, where the boat touches once
a day only. The handsome chateau above the village belongs to Count
Borromeo. The steamer finally stops at the station beyond Arona.
j$£i! Arona, and thence to Milan, see p. 167; to Genoa, see R. 12;
to Novara and Turin, see p. 79 and R. 11.
27. From Stresa to Varallo.
Monte Motterone. Lake of Orta.
Three days suffice for a visit to this district, which, though seldom
visited, is one of the most beautiful of the S. Alps. Travellers from the
Simplon (R. 3) should, after visiting the Borromean Islands, begin this
excursion at Stresa (p. 172) and terminate it at Arona. From Stresa or
Isola Bella by the Motterone to Orta 9, from Orta (or rather from Pella) to
Varallo 472 hrs. walking; from Varallo to Arona 5, to Novara 6 hrs. drive.
A Guide (to the summit of Monte Motterone 5-6, to Orta 8 fr.; donkey
and attendant to. Orta 12 fr. and fee) can hardly be dispensed with. Mules
at Orta at high charges. — The ascent of the Motterone is fatiguing, as
the descent must be made the same day, but presents no difficulty and
is very attractive.
The Lago Maggiore is separated from the Lake of Orta by a long
mountain ridge, which is crossed by a footpath from Stresa (p. 172)
in 5-6 hrs. via Gignese, Coiro, and Armeno (where the high-road is
reached) to Orta (see below). — Farther to the N. this mountain
culminates in the grassy *Monte Motterone (4891 ft.), Monterone,
or Margozzolo. The path from Stresa (guide desirable, see above)
ascends opposite the Isola Bella, at first through a chestnut grove;
then, above the village of Someraro, over fern-clad and grassy
slopes, passing several chalets shaded by lofty trees, and leading to
the W. to a small church, where it turns to the right. Thence to
the summit 1 hr. more.
The extensive prospect commanded by the summit embraces the entire
amphitheatre of mountains from Monte Rosa to the Ortler in the Tyrol.
(A panorama may be bought at Stresa or Orta for 372 fi'.). To the right
of Monte Rosa appear the snow-mountains of Monte Moro, Pizzo di Bot-
tarello, Simplon, Monte Leone, Gries, and St. Gotthard; farther E. the
conical Stella above Chiavenna, and the long, imposing ice-range of the
Bernina, which separates the Val Bregaglia from the Val Tellina. At the
spectator's feet lie seven different lakes, the Lake of Orta, Lago di Mer-
gozzo, Lago Maggiore, Lago di Monate, Lago di Comabbio, Lago di Bian¬
drone , and Lago di Varese; farther to the right stretch the extensive
plains of Lombardy and Piedmont, in the centre of which rises the lofty
cathedral of Milan. The Ticino and the Sesia meander like silver threads
through the plains, and by a singular optical delusion frequently appear
to traverse a lofty table-land. The simultaneous view of the Isola Madre
in Lago Maggiore and the Isola S. Giulio in the Lake of Orta has a re¬
markably picturesque effect. — The mountain itself consists of a number
of barren summits, studded with occasional chalets, shaded by trees. At
its base it is encircled by chestnut-trees, and the foliage and luxuriant
vegetation of the landscape far and wide impart a peculiar charm to the
In descending from Monte Motterone to Orta we soon reach a
broad bridle-path, which (guide now unnecessary) leads in272nrs-
to Armeno (Inn), situated on the high-road. We now follow the
road to (2M.) Miasino, and (I72M.) to Ronchetti's Pension (Posta),