Scopa – Piani Alti

Scopa – Piani Alti

TypologyPaths of art

Departure (m): 622

Arrival (m): 1000

Difference in altitude (m): 378

Time required: Scopa/Pian del Sasso 40m, Pian del Sasso/Alpe Gallina 30m, Alpe Gallina/Alpe Sella 20m, Alpe Sella/Muro 30m; total: 2h

Difficulty: easy

Outings on foot

Period advised: from spring to autumn

Period advised: -

Signpost: 226, 226c (ex 26, 26c) and trail not marked by the CAI

Itinerary: This is a circular route which is very easy and which allows walkers to discover the fascinating history and art of the area, in pleasant natural surroundings. After visiting Scopa, a village which has a wealth of history and tradition, leaving from the town hall follow route no. 26 for 40 minutes (this leads to Bocchetta di Scotto) until you reach Alpe Pian del Sasso; follow on up past some mountain pastures until you reach Piana di Biagio and here take the path no. 26c which takes you to Alpe Gallina, where the oratory of Santa Maria Maddalena (Mary Magdalene) stands. Leave the oratory towards Casa Bertotto (or Porte Verdi), the path continues downwards to Lovago. A winding path, which is not signposted by the CAI leads past a waterfall and continues at an easy incline to Alpe Sella. Continuing down, you come to Alpe Pianaccia and then to Muro, a hamlet belonging to Scopa.From this hamlet, Scopa can be reached along approximately 700 m of asphalted road.

Points of interest: the parish church of San Bartolomeo at Scopa, a cylindrical chapel with frescoes of the Madonna col Bambino (Madonna with child) at Alpe Pian del Sasso; the oratory of Maddalena at Alpe Gallina; the oratory dedicated to S. Elisabetta at Alpe Sella; the chapel of the Sacra Famiglia (Holy Family) at Pianaccia; the oratory dedicated to San Rocco on the outskirts of Muro; various evidence of religious art. Not within this route, but strongly recommended, is the 16th-century oratory dedicated to the Madonna della Neve (Madonna of the Snow) at Otra, on the other side of the river Sesia.