Cima di Morissolo

An old military road to Cima di Morissolo

Cima di Morissolo is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.311m (4,301ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Italian region Piedmont.

The path to the pass is unpaved. It’s an old military road, called Sentiero Strada Cadorna, also known as Strada Militare del Monte Morissolo. The road is closed to private vehicles and features many unlit tunnels. The journey offers superb views. It’s definitely worth it.

Starting from Piancavallo (Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola), the road to the summit is 1.7 km (1.05 miles) long. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The surroundings of Monte Morissolo are characterized by the presence of the fortifications of the Cadorna Line, a dense network of military mule tracks, trenches, artillery positions and lookout positions, built  in 1916 as a defensive function against a possible German attack through Switzerland. At the summit there’s a military fortress called Fortificazione del Morissolo.

 

 

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