How to get
By train: the nearest railway station is Oleggio Castello.
A walk to Monte Barro is perfect for anyone who loves woodlands and the atmosphere of an ancient rural civilization.
The ancient settlement that lies almost at the top of Monte Barro (581 m) has Medieval origins and grew up around the church of Santa Maria Annunziata, which was probably built on the ruins of a castle. A stone inside the apse bears the date 1484.
The houses are built of local stone, with stone outside stairs and wooden balconies, and huddle close together. The people who lived here worked in the fields and tended the vineyards. The last inhabitant left in 1977, but the original appearance of the village is still exemplified by the Ca’ de la Rusin, a house with a small front yard bordered by a low wall.
Monte Barro comes to life on the 1 May each year with the traditional Flower Festival, an ancient folk festival that evokes the exchange of bunches of flowers by lovers. Nowadays it is an occasion for the people of Invorio to have a spring jaunt into the countryside; a convivial pilgrimage to the little church of Monte Barro is followed by a picnic lunch on the hill.