Iselle (VB), Italy
How to get there:
By train: Iselle Station, Ferrovie dello Stato. Timetables: http://www.trenitalia.com/; www.ffs.ch
By bus: bus for Iselle, line Domodossola – Iselle. Timetables: www.vcoinbus.it
By car: A26 motorway to Gravellona Toce, then SS33 Sempione, after Domodossola go on in direction of the border/Simplon Pass until the end of the road and you will soon reach first Iselle’s railway station and then the village.
Itinerary in the Simplon Valley along the old mule track connecting Iselle with Trasquera and going up to Bugliaga to admire the wonderful blooms of the alpine tulip
The track starts before Iselle’s customs, reaches Bogo and Pianezza and continues through the woods up to Chiezzo. Once crossed the road, take the trail going up along tidy lawns and at the end reaches the small town hall square of Trasquera. This trail is also called “Sentiero del kirsch”, path of kirsch as back in the past in these places kirsch was distilled and commercialized.Of this fine liquor, today remains the memory, the label and the spectacular spring blooms of cherries of Trasquera and Bugliaga. From Trasquera take the mule track that goes along the road (at the head) up to the junction for Fraccia, then follow the road up to Bugliaga where you will have an incomparable view over the great mountains of Simplon. In the meadows at the head of the small church, between end of May and beginning of June, you can admire the wonderful blooms of the alpine tulip (Tulipa australis), a yellow flower with red streaks, very rare species in the south of the Alps and absolutely protected. Along the road you will pass by the Ponte del Diavolo ‘s bridge, built in 1880: 100 meters high with an arch width of 33,30 meters.
From Trasquera a “percorso didattico”, an educational trail made of 12 information panels goes up to Fraccia: follow the wooden arrows.
Where to eat:
Agriturismo La Fraccia, Località Trasquera - Alpe Fraccia, VB, (IT) Tel.+39 320 14 89 213. http://www.fracciaagriturismo.it
Ristorante Pizzeria Gerry & Romy, 28868 Trasquera VB, (IT) tel +39 0324 79161