Formazza Valley

The last patch of Ossola before this land becomes Switzerland, the various Alpine lakes in the Formazza Valley bring a beautiful blue colour to the green and brown colours of the peaks

But the real protagonist here is the Toce Wateralls from where, with a sparkling leap of 145 meters at 1,657 meters above sea level, the Toce river originates, flowing gently into Lake Maggiore 80 km further south. The waterfall is 6 km from Formazza an ancient village of Walser origin. It was here in the 12th century that a group of settlers of German origin from Canton Valais settled peacefully and adapted to the rigours and rules of the mountains.

The Formazza Valley offers evocative panoramic views, broadening out into vast slopes offering an extensive variety of alpine fauna and flora, with a number of truly unique specimens!

Not to be missed, nearby, is the Premia Spa Centre, a modern structure with indoor & outdoor swimming pools in addition to wellness areas. The warm waters of Premia,  beneficial for health, flow naturally at 42.5° C from Monte Leone.

Formazza Valley

  • Covering a total of 219.55 km²
  • Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola (VB)
  • Ski Stations: Formazza Ski (downhill), Centro Fondo Formazza (cross country) and Centro Fondo Riale (cross country)
The valley is located in the Lepontine Alps. It separates the Alps of Monte Leone and San Gottardo in the west from the Ticino and Verbano Alps in the east. It also overlooks the Alpe Vannino.

The main mountains that surround the valley are:

Blinnenhorn – 3.374 m
Basòdino – 3.273 m
Punta d’Arbola – 3.235 m
Punta del Sabbione – 3.182 m
Kastelhorn – 3.128 m
Monte Giove – 3.009 m
Pizzo Biela – 2.863 m
Pizzo Quadro – 2.793 m