to Samaden. VICOSOPRANO. 89. Route. 365
The road crosses the Maira above its confluence with the
Bondasca. Fromontogno (2687') (*Galleria), a village belonging
to the commune of Bondo, is commanded by the fine ruins of
the castle of Castelmur. Two lofty and massive walls descends
into the valley. The road passes through La Porta, a rocky
gallery, which, like the Platifer (p. 84) in the Leventina, forms
the boundary between two zones of vegetation. Near the tower
of the castle stands a handsome church, erected by Baron Castel¬
mur in 1855.
The church of S. Pietro is picturesquely situated on an
eminence ; then Stampa (3379') and Borgonuovo (Bornbv, 3471'),
which, with Coltura on the slope opposite, form the parish of
Stampa (373 inhab.). Near Coltura stands the chateau of
Baron Castelmur, in the Moorish style.
11 M. Vicosoprano (3566'), Rom. Vespran (* Corona or
Posta), the capital of the valley, with 323 inhab., lies at the
confluence of the Maira and the Albigna, which forms a beautiful
cascade near its glacier. The formation of the mountain crests
is very peculiar here.
The narrow Albigna Valley may be ascended from Vicosoprano as
far as the Albigna Glacier (Ghiacciajo dell' Albigna), an interesting excur¬
sion of 4 hrs. — Those who are not liable to giddiness are recommended
to ascend (6 hrs.) the Piz Duan (10,253'), which commands a rich and
varied panorama. The forester Giov. Stampa at Stampa and Giac. Prevosti
at Vicosoprano are recommended as guides.
The road soon after winds upwards (the old road, following
the telegr. posts, is shorter) to (4'/2 M.) Casaccia (4790'), Rom.
Casatsch (*Posta, R. 21/,,, B. 1, A. 3/4 fr.), the highest village
in the Val Bregaglia. (Bridle-path over the Septimer to Stalla
on the Julier route, see p. 322.) Pietro Torriani is recommended
as a guide.
The road which crosses the Maloja (the W. slope of which is
remarkable for its luxuriant vegetation) passes the ruins of the
Gothic church of <S. Gaudenzio on the 1. , and ascends through
beautiful fir-woods by steep zigzags, reaching the summit of the
pass (5941') (p. 325), 4i/2 M. from Casaccia. (From one of
the windings a path to the r. leads in a few min. to the beauti¬
ful fall of the Ordlegna, the spray of which is visible from the
valley below. The path to it is easily missed unless the zigzags
of the road be followed; comp. p. 325.) On reaching the summit
of the Maloja, travellers should not fail to mount the rock oppo¬
site the Maloja Inn, a few paces from the road, as it commands
a fine view of the valley; the diligence halts here for a few
minutes, during which the ascent may easily be made.
From Maloja to Samaden, see p. 325.