The mountain whose peaks at dawn and at sunset are tinged with pink, because they reflect the color of the sun

The beauty and majesty of Monte Rosa

The Anzasca Valley extends for 30 km due west of the Ossola Valley with a difference in altitude of more than a thousand meters. It ends with Monte Rosa, a magnificent massif whose peaks rise to a height of 4,634 meters above sea level, creating unique scenery in the Alps.

Its name is given because, at dawn and sunset, the peaks are tinged with pink, reflecting the sun’s color.

The many peaks that exceed an altitude of 4,000 meters make Monte Rosa extremely attractive from a mountaineering point of view. The east side, which overlooks Macugnaga, is considered a real Himalayan wall with more than 2,000 meters of ice, snow, and rock.

Macugnaga, called the “Jewel of Mount Rosa” is the most popular destination of the Anzasca Valley. Its first settlements date back to the mid-thirteenth century. At that time, the monks were the promoters of the first exhibition near the church. Still today, Macugnaga represents the commercial center of the entire Valley.

The Walser left an indelible mark in these mountains and handed down their history, customs, and traditions until now. These mountain people came from the high German Valais. Between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, a critical migration gave life to the first medieval alpine settlement. The traces of their settlement are particularly evident in Macugnaga, in the well-preserved Walser village and the Walser House Museum, where it is possible to discover the harsh living conditions of people who knew how to adapt to the harsh mountain environment.

Macugnaga is also a destination for skiers in winter and mountaineers, hikers, and nature lovers in summer.

The Guia Mine, located in Borca, deserves a visit: it is a 1.3 km long mine-museum where it is possible to live the history of a tough job, learning the techniques and procedures of gold extraction and see the ancient tools used for it.

Anzasca Valley

  • Surface area: 257.60 km²
  • Verbano Cusio Ossola Province (Piedmont)
  • Ski resorts: Macugnaga Monte Rosa (downhill) and Macugnaga Fondo Signal
Main towns:
Macugnaga, Ceppo Morelli, Vanzone con San Carlo, Bannio Anzino, Calasca-Castiglione, Piedimulera

The prominent mountains that surround the Valley are:
Punta Dufour – 4.637 m – nel massiccio del Monte Rosa
Cima di Jazzi – 3.804 m – nel massiccio del Monte Rosa
Schwarzberghorn – 3.609 m – nel massiccio del Monte Rosa
Punta Grober – 3.497 m – nei Contrafforti valsesiani del Monte Rosa
Pizzo Bianco – 3.215 m – nei Contrafforti valsesiani del Monte Rosa
Punta Laugera – 2.995 m – nella Catena dell’Andolla
Pizzo San Martino – 2.733 m – nella Catena dell’Andolla
Pizzo del Ton – 2.675 m – nella Catena dell’Andolla

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