Lago Maggiore. BRISSAGO. 31. Route. 193
by a steep paved path passing to the left of tbe 'Scuola Nórmale Femmi-
nile'. The church contains an Entombment, by Ciseri (to the left), and a
Flight into Egypt, by Bramantino (to the right). — Passing through the
convent-buildings, turning to the left again across an iron footbridge
and ascending rapidly, we reach (5-6 min.) a Chapel, commanding a charm¬
ingly picturesque retrospect of the Madonna del Sasso. Still higher up
is the chapel of the Santissima Trinita dei Monti (1325 ft.; restaurant),
8 min. to the S.W. of the railway-terminus, whence we have a view of
the upper part of the Lago Maggiore. The whole walk (best towards
evening) may be easily made in I72 hr.
Excursions. To the E. by the Muralto Lake Promenade (Quai di
Muralto lungo Lago) to (25 min.) Rivapiana. — To the N.W. to (i/4 hr.) Sol-
duno, then up the left bank of the Maggia to the (1 hr.) Ponte Brolla (845 ft.),
with new electricity-works. — From Solduno to the S.W., crosaing the
Maggia, to (20 min.) Losone, with large wine-cellars (good wine), or to (1/2 hr.)
As«ma(see below) and by the bank of the lake to Ronco and (i3/ihr.) Brissago
(see below). The route 'over the hill' from Losone to Ronco is still
more picturesque. — To the N. by the road viá the Santissima Trinita dei
Monti (see above; 1 hr.) or from the terminus of the cable-railway (i/4 hr.)
to the beautifully situated mountain-hamlet of Orselina (1495 ft.; Hótel-
Kurhaus Orselina, Germán, R. from I1/2, B. I1/!, D. 3, S. 2, pens. from 6 fr.;
Pens. Mirafiori, with open-air restaurant, pens. 4'/2-5 fr., very fair) and
on to (72hr.) Brione (1420ft.), with fine view. About H/2 hr. above Orselina,
on the Monte San Bernardo, lies the Hotel Alpenheim (ca. 3280 ft.; pens.
5-6 fr., plain but good). — To the N.E. via Contra through the gorge of
the Verzasca (p. 191) to (2 hrs.) Mergoscia.
The *Lago Maggiore (635 ft.; greatest depth 1220 ft.), theLacws
Verbanus oí the Romans, is about 40 M. long and averages 2-3 M.
in width (área 82 sq. M.). It seems to owe its existence to some
great lateral movement of the S. Alps. for on its E. bank, near Luino
aniLaveno, the S. Alpine limestone zone abruptly terminates. The
N. part of the lake belongs to Switzerland; the W. bank beyond the
brook Valmara and the E. bank beyond the Dirinella belong to
Italy. Its principal tributarles are on the N. the Ticino (Tessin) and
the Maggia, and on the W. the Tosa (pp. 4, 198). The river
issuingfrom the S. end of the lake retains the ñame of Ticino. The
banks of the N. arm are bounded by lofty mountains, for the most
part wooded, whilst the E. shore towards the lower end slopes grad¬
ually away to the level of the plains of Lombardy. The water is
of a green colour in its N. arm and deep blue towards the S.
Opposite Locarno, at the mouth of the Ticino, lies Magadino
(R.; Pens. Viviani, 4i/2-5 fr., on the lake; Ristor. San Gottardo),
compnsing two villages, Magadino Inferiore and Superiore, at the
foot of Monte Tamaro (p. 15).
To the S. of Locarno we have a view into the valley of the Maggia.
Farther on the W. bank of the lake is studded with couutry-houses,
villages, and campanili. On the bank of the lake tuiis the road from
Locarno to Pallanza. In an angle lies Ascona (B.), with a ruined
castle and several villas; higheT up, on the slope, Ronco. Passing
the two small Isole di Brissago, the steamer reaches Gera and Ranzo
(R.) on the E. bank. — On the W. bank lies Brissago (Grand Hotel,
on the lake, R. from 31/2 fr., B. li/2, de'j. 3i/2-4, D. 5-6, pens. from
10 fr., new; *Hótel Suisse), the last Swiss station, with picturesque
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