182 Route 27. PORLEZZA.
cross the Frodolfo, just above its confluence with the Adda. The road
runs to the N.E. to (31/2 M.) —
251/2 M. Bormio, Ger. Worms (4020 ft.; Posta or León d'Oro; "Alb.
della Torre, R. I1/2-21/2 fr.), an antiquated little Italian town, with numerous
dilapidated towers, picturesquely situated at the entrance to the Val Furva
(see Baedeker's Eastern Alps). — The diligence goes on henee, ascending
the winding Stelvio route, to the —
451/2 M. Bagni di Bormio. The New Baths (Bagni Nuovi; 4345 ft.), a
handsome building surrounded with gardens on a terrace commanding a
íine survey of the valley of Bormio and the surrounding mountains, are
much frequented in July and Aug. (at the "Hotel, R. 3-5, B. I1/2, D. 4, S. 3,
pens. 8V2-I2 fr.) and are elosed from the middle of Oct. (Engl. Church
Service in summer). The Bagni Vecchi, or Oíd Baths of Bormio, are a
little higher up (4750 ft.), perched on the rocks below the road; a pictur¬
esque footpath, shorter than the road, ascends to them in 1/4 hr. The
seven springs, containing salt and sulphur (100-105° Fahr.), rise in the
dolomite cliSs near the oíd baths, whence the water ia conducted to the
new baths in pipes. They are mentioned by Pliny and Cassiodorus. The
oíd Román baths (piscine) hewn in the rock are interesting. — From
Bormio over the Stelvio to Landeck and Meran, aee Baedeker's Eastern Alps.
27. From Menaggio, on the Lake of Como, to Lugano
and to Luino, on the Lago Maggiore.
42 M. Light Railwat from Menaggio to Porlezza, 8 M., in ca. 1 hr.
(fares 2 fr. 90, 1 fr. 55 c). Steamboat (mediocre restaurant) from Porlezza
to (11 M.) Lugano in 1-174 hr. (fares 2 fr. 50, 1 fr. 20 c), and from Lugano
viá Porto Ceresio to (15 M.) Ponte Tresa in l3/4-2 hrs. (fares 2 fr., 1 fr. 50 c).
Light Railway from Ponte Tresa to Luino, 8 M., in 3/4 hr. (fares 2fr. SO,
1 fr. 30 c). Through-tickets from Menaggio to Lugano 5 fr. 40, 2 fr. 80 c,
to Luino 9 fr. 80, 5 fr. 60 c. (to be had on board any of the steamers). —
Swiss custom-honae examination on board the steamers in the Lake of
Lugano, Italian custom house at Ponte Tresa or Porlezza. — Comp. the
Maps, pp. 154, 10, 174.
Menaggio, see p. 178. The station of the light railway is at the
S. end of the village; the ticket-office is in the Hotel Menaggio.
The line at first ascends rapidly (5:100) to the hills above the lake,
then runs towards the N. for about half-a-mile. Fine *View to the
right of the central part of the Lake of Como, with Bellagio in the
middle. Farther on the line describes a wide bend to the W. and
beyond a short tunnel ascends in numerous curves on the left side
of the Val Sanagra to (3 M.) Orándola (1260 ft.), where we reach
the highest point of the line, 610 ft. above the Lake of Como. The
train descends rapidly (4:100), viá Bene-Grona, (5V2 M.) Piano (on
the small Lago del Piano), San Pietro (where the Lago di Lugano
comes in sight), and Tavordo, in the broad Valley of the Cuccio.
8 M. Porlezza (Alb. del Lago ; Posta or Angelo), on the N.E. arm
of the Lake of Lugano, with the Italian custom-house for travellers
in the other direction, is the headquarters of the Italian 'torpedo-
boats' (p. 234). Rail, station, cióse to the steamboat-pier.
The Lake of Lugano (890 ft.), called by the Italians Lago
Ceresio after its doubtful Latin ñame, is 20 sq. M. in área and 945 ft.
deep at its deepest point. The curiously shaped lake, not unlike
the letter S., ocenpies the deepest portions of two cross-valleys,