Excursions and offers in the surrounding area
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.
La Tana di Cip e Ciop (formerly Osteria Mezzavalle)
The Osteria at the bus station of Rivera is open again. In ‘La Tana di Cip e Ciop’ Marcella and Miriam entertain their guests with delicious coffees, a great variety of drinks, snacks, sandwiches and much more. Only their excellent homemade ice cream is worth a visit, be it on arrival, before departure or simply as the destination of a short afternoon walk (Monday is rest day).
Sacro Monte Calvario di Domodossola
http://www.sacromontecalvario.it, Is one of the widespread via crucis in the Alps, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the starting or end point of the ‘Walking between Nature and Spirituality’ trail from Domodossola to Saas Fee.
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
The Piedmontese cuisine is famous for its use of fresh, local products and for its excellent menus. Hospitality is great and you will feel soon at home. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bhakti is happy to provide information about accommodation options.
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?