17. From Domodossola to Novara. Lake of Orta.
From Orta to Varallo.
56 M. Railwat in 372-4 hrs. (fares 10 fr. 45, 7 fr. 35, 4 fr. 70 c); to
Gravellona, the station for the Lago Maggiore (omn. to Pallanza and to
Locarno, see pp. 197,192), 1872 M., in 1 hr. (fares 3 fr. 50, 2 fr. 45, 1 fr. 55 c).
Domodossola, see p. 4. The railway runs straight through the
Val d'Ossola, following the right bank of the Toce or Tosa (p. 4),
while the Simplón Railway (R. 2) follows the left bank. — At
(372 M.) Villadossola, the Antrona Valley opens on the right (see
Baedeker's Switzerland). At (7 M.) Piedimulera (810 ft.; Corona;
Alb. Piedimulera; Alb. della Stazione) the Val Anzasca opens to
the right (road to Macugnaga, 20 M., see Baedeker's Switzerland).
The railway crosses the Anza and then the Tosa (bridge 980 yds.
long). 9 M. Vogogna; 11 M. Premosello; 13 M. Cuzzago; stations
on the Simplón Railway also (see p. 4). — Beyond the last the Tosa
is crossed (bridge 510yds. long) to (1572 M.) Ornavasso (690ft.;
Italia; Croce Bianca).
1872 M. Gravellona Toce (Rail. Restaurant; inns poor), with
large cotton-mills, at the junction of the Strona with the Tosa.
Gravellona Mea about 274 M. to the S.W. of the station Pallanza-Fondo
Toce on the Simplón Railway (comp. p. 5). Motor-omnibus to Locarno,
see p. 192; diligence to Pallanza, see p. 197 (carr. with one horse 5, with
two horses 10 fr.). — Road to (5 M.) Baveno (p. 198) viá Feriólo (carr. to
Baveno 4, with two horses 8 fr.).
The railway runsto the S. through the fertile valley of the Strona.
Beyond (21 M.) Crusinallo it crosses the river and immediately
afterwards the Nigulia Canal, which drains the Lake of Orta.
23 M. Omegna (995 ft.; Albergo della Posta), with a large papeT-
niill, lies at the N. end of the charming lake of Orta (950 ft. above
the sea; 772 M. long), now known also as the Lago Cusió from its
(somewhat donbtful) ancient ñame. — The line runs high above the
lake, commanding beautiful views of it. Beyond (27 M.) Pettenasco
we cross the Pescone, and then the imposing Sassina Viaduct.
2872 M. Orta Novarese.
The railway-station lies about 1 M. above Orta. On leaving it we
turn to the left, pass below the railway, and proceed in a straight direction.
About halfway to the town we pass the Villa Crespi, in a Moorish style,
beyond which a guide-post points to the right to the Monte d'Orta and
the (74 hr.) Alb. Belvedere.
Hotels. 'Alb. Belvedere, on the W. slope of the Monte d'Orta, with
fine view, R. 3, D. 4 fr. (Engl. Ch. Serv. in summer). — Alb. San
Giolio, very fair, Alb. Orta, both in the Piazza, by the lake, 1V« M. from
the railway-station; Hót.-Pens. Garibaldi, at the rail, station. — Boats
for hire at the Piazza.
The little town of Orto (800 inhab.) consists mainly of a Piazza,
open on the side next the lake, one long narrow street, and a
number of villas lining the road to the station. It lies opposite
the small Isola San Giulio, at the S.W. base of the Monte d'Orta
(1315 ft.), or Sacro Monte, a beautifully wooded hill, stretching