Rossa Cerva – Piane di Folecchio – Lavaggi

Cerva – Piane di Folecchio – Lavaggi

TypologyPaths of art

Departure (m): 600

Arrival (m): 1263

Difference in altitude (m): 663

Time required: Cerva/Piane di Folecchio: 1h, Piane di Folecchio/Alpe Lavaggi di Sopra 2h; total: 3h Difficulty: medium

Outings on foot

Period advised: from spring to autumn

Refreshment areas: -

Signpost: 405

Itinerary: This route wanders through one of the small side valleys of Valsesia, namely Val Sermenza. Leaving from Rossa, hamlet Cerva and following along the hydrographic left-hand side of the lower part of Val Sermenza, the route not only allows walkers to discover small art treasures, but also to enjoy the panoramic views over Rossa, Boccioleto, the Denti di Gavala and Alpe di Mera. From the hamlet of Cerva (1 km upstream from Balmuccia) you take the mule track to reach the hamlet of Folecchio (also connected to the valley floor by an asphalted road which ends in a car park, where there are also information panels describing the different walks on this side of the valley and most importantly an ancient chestnut tree which, according to tradition, dates back to the 1400s), to then reach (in the second nucleus of the hamlet) a path which passes through the hamlet of Chignolo. You come to the settlement of Piane di Folecchio and follow along the path until you reach Alpe Lavaggi and Dosso, the end of the route.Then you return down to Folecchio, where you can reach Rossa along an old stretch of road, which is full of pleasant surprises.

Points of interest: the oratory of San Bernardo di Aosta and S. Eligio at Cerva; the oratory of San Fabiano and Sebastiano and the sundial at Folecchio; the chapel of San Giovanni and the oratory dedicated to San Giacomo and San Francesco di Sales at Piane di Folecchio; the chapel of the Crucifixion at Alpe Lavaggi; the parish church of the Assumption at Rossa; various examples of religious and secular art.