The ancient Walser route

Val Vogna

We are in the valley Val Vogna, in the Municipality of Alagna Valsesia.
For many centuries the valley leading to the Hills of Valdobbia has been an important route linking major Italian cities, seaports and central Europe.

Over the Hills of Valdobbia came merchants, smugglers, immigrants and emigrants, outlaws, men and women of faith, and eventually also the armies; each with their own story to tell… And this is where we begin.

Every visitor who enters Val Vogna is struck by the spectacular surrounding scenery. Most of the valley can only be reached on foot, even some hamlets that were once fully populated. The isolation has always been a big problem for those who have to live in these areas, but at the same time it promotes an unspoilt natural environment and a unique cultural landscape of its kind.

With little effort, you can walk uphill to join the Upper Walser Way, which runs through the whole Val Vogna with many old alpine dwellings of typical log-house architecture along the way.

In the village of Rabernardo, at 1,560 m altitude, our Walser House Museum – Casa Museo – depicts the oldest way of life here in the mountains. You can follow the story of the people who arrived here first and knew how to claim the land and make it a place where they could live and grow their crops: The Walsers (14th century).