Sunday, July 7, 2013

Stresa Travel Notes: Mottarone - show-stopping views and more!

***Update Feb 2015: Unfortunately the cable car has been closed since October 2014 as it must undergo an extensive refit required by Italian law. A potential reopening date is yet to be established***

Enjoying the fresh air and view at Mottarone
Last Sunday, with an afternoon to spare, we watched the opening laps and tyre drama at Silverstone then set off up to Mottarone. Only having a short time and wanting to be flexible we decided to drive up, but if you don't have a car you can take the cable car.

The cable car arriving at Mottarone
The cable car takes 20 minutes from Stresa Lido to Mottarone, with a change half way at Alpino (where you can visit the Alpine Gardens). The cable car journey is just amazing with the views across Lake Maggiore and beyond literally opening up before you. A return ticket, including the chairlift right to the summit costs €18.00, but if you pop and and see us at our travel office we'll give you a €0.50 discount ;)

Taking the chairlift to the summit
The car journey takes about 40 minutes and takes you through the village of Vezzo before you join the winding road up to the Mottarone cable car station. With the car windows open the scent of pine trees filled the car as we passed through the woodland scenery. As part of the top part of Mottarone is owned by the Borromeo family the last part of the road coming from Stresa side is a toll road. The toll for a car is €7.00 (keep hold of the ticket as they collect it from you on the way down).

The woodland walk to the summit
The final climb to the summit
Once we had parked near the Mottarone cable car station, and after a quick look at the cable cars coming up, we set off on foot to the summit (you can also take the chairlift as the last part is fairly steep). The road winds gently up through the woods until you reach the foot of the "peak" of Mottarone. From the top, on a clear day you can see Mount Rosa and several lakes including Maggiore, Mergozzo, Orta and Varese. You can also see Malpensa airport in the distance!

Mountain panorama
Enjoying the view of Lake Maggiore
But Mottarone is more than "just" the amazing views. For walkers there are several routes around the upper slops of Mottarone as well as a walk all the way back down to Stresa. You can enjoy a sunbathe and a picnic or even a ride on Alpyland Alpine Coaster (the latter comes highly recommended from me!!). There are also several bars and restaurants where you can savour typical mountain food on the sun terraces.

Restaurant sun terrace
Ready, set, go!!! Alpyland
So what did Luca and I do? Well we only had a short time so we enjoyed the fresh air and the views, watched happily screaming people zip down on Alpyland, had an ice-cream and bought some devine goat's cheese from an impromptu stall.. We also planned some future walks for the next time we decide to take a trip up Mottarone.

Mountain restaurant nestled in the woodland
Making a day of it - sunbathing and picnics on Mottarone
Have you been up Mottarone? Did you do one of the walks or experience the thrills and spills of Alpyland?

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