There is much to experience in the surroundings of Bordo and in the beautiful Antrona Valley. We would like to describe some of our favourites to you below. If you visit them, and others nearby, you will not only be spoilt culinarily, but also make a welcome contribution to the prosperous continued existence of the local providers in our valley.
Excursions and offers in the surrounding area
Take a short or longer walk around the village and you will discover exuberant nature and see the seasonal changes. You may see rare species of animals and plants, old houses and picturesque ruins, springs, fountains and streams with clear water, a stone engraved in prehistoric times, wayside shrines and chapels, a platform with a view over the valley and much more.
Descending into the valley, the path runs up to the wonderful Antrona lake and down to Domodossola with its famous weekly market. In addition to sights, culinary delights of all kinds are also available.
The Osteria Mezzavalle at the bus station of Rivera is always worth a visit, either on arrival and departure or as a destination for a short afternoon walk. Currently closed.
Therme di Bognanco
10 minutes from Domodossola in Valle Bognanco is a little jewel. Therme di Bognanco features a bath, sauna, hammam and soothing water massage, a wonderful way to relax on a rainy afternoon.
Bordo belongs to the municipality of Borgomezzavalle, which, as the name suggests, lies in the middle of Valle Antrona. We appreciate the openness and hospitality of the residents of the valley as well as their strong traditional values. Characteristic of this connection between openness and tradition is the nearby village of Viganella with the beautiful Casa Vanni and the famous mirror, which brings the sunbeams into the village from a mountain ridge in winter.
Also worth mentioning are three neighbouring villages Zonca, Cheggio and Valleggia. They lie together with Bordo on the height of the old footpath and were resettled like Bordo in the last decades.
Food & Accommodation
There are a number of “0 km” Restaurants in the area, which use mostly local products and offer excellent menus of the famous Piedmontese cuisine. From our own experience we can highly recommend:
Directly on the other side of the valley there is a beautifully designed holiday resort with several apartments in stone houses. The outdoor area has various rock pools, playground, beach volleyball, boccia & table tennis. We warmly recommend the restaurant with local specialities and exquisite desserts. You will dream of the Panna Cotta with home grown berries for a long time to come. We recommend a reservation and are happy to help.
Da Sciolla in Domodossola
The restaurant offers typical Piedmontese cuisine in historic premises. Chef Giorgio Patrone skilfully takes us on a culinary journey that combines traditional flavours and emotions with a touch of nouvelle cuisine.
Albergo Lago Pineta (at Lake Antrona)
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Antrona, the Hotel “Lago Pineta” has seven rooms and a restaurant with traditional cuisine and high-quality ingredients.
Bar Gelateria Aurora
For those who like Italian gelato, a visit to the Bar Gelateria Aurora on the way to Lake Mergozzo is a must. The flavours change daily, the quality is excellent and the prices are very palatable indeed.
Casa Tilani in Cheggio
Bhakti is happy to provide information about accommodation options.
Casa Ambientale in Zonca
The Casa Ambientale is the largest house in Zonca and offers the opportunity to experience the elements up close, to understand their interplay in the seasons and to connect with them. We honour and practice the old customs that have been developed and tested over centuries.
It offers simple overnight accommodation in an old stone house or in a dormitory. Cooking is on the fire. Are you on the road right now? Why don’t you come by?
Accommodation in beautiful Valleggia near Montescheno
Information from Norbert Schatz: