Valstrona (Lake Orta)

Excursions and the Witches' Cave of Sambughetto

General Info

Walking in Valstrona
There are many trails for hiking enthusiasts along the Strona Valley that combine sports, nature and cultural attractions. In fact, only 3 or 4 hours on foot surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery are required to reach little towns full of art and traditions.

Excursion in Foglia Valley
It’s said the first mills were built in the Foglia Valley as early as the 16th century. This is its main attraction, despite the fact that not much of this tradition is left today. The excursion starts out in Omegna and continues along the provincial road towards the town of Strona. There are refreshment bars and shops in Strona where handicrafts can be purchased. The return walk is along the banks of the Strona Stream.

Excursion along Stra Vegia
Stra Vegia means old road. It is in fact a medieval road that runs through several towns and arrives in Campello Monti. This place is worth visiting for its uniqueness: it’s a Walser town, to which a museum is also dedicated. The walk is only 2 hours and therefore is also possible for those who are not as sporty.

Hiking in Strona Valley
A more difficult excursion (which lasts 4 hours) leads to the source of the Strona Stream. The trail is along the slopes of mountains such as Punta del Pizzo, Altemberg, Cima Lago and Capezzone (all at least 2,000 m high). The summit of the Capezzone (2,421 m) can be reached from the homonymous lake in about 1 hour. On the way back, you can stop at a refreshment bar in Campello Monti.

The Witches’ Cave of Sambughetto

Road access
To reach the start of the excursion, take the Strona Valley road from Omegna. About 400 metres after the town of Piana di Fornero, leave the provincial road and take the road on the left towards the marble quarry. The entrance to the cave is located within the quarry’s current boundaries.

Description of the itinerary
The caves of Sambughetto are undoubtedly the most interesting underground complex of the Strona Valley, a land rich in caves, a fact of which most are unaware. It is a distinctive environment with a unique charm and its integrity and originality is quite astonishing. Winding passages, exciting trails, waterfalls, ravines and small rooms of spectacular beauty. A unique opportunity to discover a hidden and extraordinary, upside-down world.

An excursion offering you the opportunity to enjoy an experience you always dreamed of but never dared to do! Have you ever imagined surrendering to the absolute darkness of the bowels of the earth, listening to the “noisy” silence, slipping through its gorges and following its winding paths? A new experience, something magical that cannot be compared with the routes in tourist caves equipped with handrails, cement walkways and artificial light.

It’s impossible to describe the incredible feeling that you get when you turn the lights off down there: down there everything is a mystery, everything is a discovery. Thanks to the careful guidance of an experienced nature guide and speleologist, and even without special equipment and specific expertise on the subject, you will be taken on this exciting adventure in search of the most precious gift offered by these caves: the sight of a truly unspoilt and well-preserved environment. This adrenaline-pumping experience must only be undertaken with the supervision of an experienced speleologist and a hiking guide who will accompany you in complete safety during the descent. No special athletic skills or knowledge of cave exploring or mountaineering techniques are required for this experience.