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Cima di Morissolo and fortifications of the Cadorna Line

A peak overlooking Lake Maggiore, with just a 30-minute walk, and with a maze of tunnels of the Cadorna Line.
1.30 h


The Summit of Morissolo, with its distinctive 3 crosses, is both panoramic and easily accessible. In less than half an hour of walking on flat terrain, we can reach one of the most scenic peaks overlooking Lake Maggiore. The road leading to it is so wide that the summit is perfect for an afternoon or nighttime outing, to admire the lake from above at sunset or during the night.

Moreover, the summit is dotted with a series of tunnels, part of the Cadorna Line, a defensive line built during the First World War between 1915 and 1917, but never used. The access road to Morissolo, cut halfway up the slopes of Morissolino, is part of the same military interventions—it was used to transport armaments to the Morissolo batteries.

We can park in a large parking lot in front of the Auxologico Piancavallo Institute (1240m). For the ascent, we can climb Morissolino, first following the uphill asphalt road for a few hundred meters, then taking the path on the right towards Morissolino. From Morissolino (1410m, 30 minutes), we then follow the ridge all the way to the Summit of Morissolo (1311m, 20 minutes).

Near Morissolo, there's a maze of tunnels and positions for 4 cannons that fired 80kg projectiles up to 14km away. On the right, outside the batteries, we find a metal ladder with chains that leads us to the sub-peak of Morissolo. From here, the view opens up immensely over 50km of Lake Maggiore.

For the return, we take the flat military dirt road that brings us back to Piancavallo in less than half an hour (30 minutes).






The mountains are a dangerous environment: make sure you always have the right equipment — hiking or trail shoes, warm clothes and waterproofs in case of unexpected changes in weather conditions, a small emergency kit.


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  • Breathable t-shirt ( example )

  • Sweatshirt, fleece, or light jacket

  • Waterproof windbreaker (for example: men / women )

  • Gloves and hat (you never know)

  • Backpack with rain cover

  • Trekking poles (not essential, but they help to unload the weight of the backpack and ease the impact on the joints)

  • Trekking or trail running shoes (in great vogue lately because they are lightweight. These Salomon ones - for men and women - are an excellent entry-level, preferably Gore-Tex)

  • For via ferratas: complete via ferrata kit (I have this one , very light and compact, with this harness and helmet — or you can buy complete kits ). Buy in store to receive ad hoc support

  • To sleep a night in a refuge: sheet or light sleeping bag

  • Water bottle or thermos

  • Light crampons if you think you will find ice or snow on the route

  • Power bank or cell phone charger

  • Camera

  • Drone, for those who love to "fly" (used in moderation and at a distance from other people. I have had the DJI Mini 2 for over 2 years and have found myself very happy with it. The DJI Mini 3 also allows you to take vertical photographs)

  • Small emergency kit ( example )

  • Sun cream (essential)

  • Sunglasses


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