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The lakefront and the kilns of Ispra

Length (Km) 6,6
Time 1 hour 55 mins
Average speed (km/h) Undetermined
Starting altitude (m) 195
Arrival altitude (m) 195
Hightest point (m) Undetermined
Lowest point (m) Undetermined
Altitude difference (m) 156
Period Spring or Autumn
Waytypes Undetermined
Surfaces Undetermined


Starting point
Ispra (Varese province) is located on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, in an area of low hills.  The village is situated at the foot of two rocky outcrops: the Monte del Prete and the Monte dei Nassi. If you get to Ispra by boat, take the lakefront promenade to the left, following the signs for “Giro Fornaci”. This is the start of the route.

How to get there
By car
Autostrada A8 towards Varese, to Vergiate – Sesto Calende. Continue on SS 33 to Sesto Calende, then on SS 629 in the direction of Laveno Mombello.
By train
Ispra Station
By bus
Angera – Sesto Calende – Milan line (Società Autolinee Varesine, +39 0332 731110).
By boat
Summer service provided by the Navigazione Lago Maggiore.

General features
The south-eastern shore of Lake Maggiore offers some particularly enjoyable walks with amazing views of the southern part of the lake, the hinterland and the Alps.

The picturesque kilns and the cliff of Ispra, which originated in  the Mesozoic era and was formed by a succession of marine sediment depositions, are the distinctive features of this itinerary. The medieval kilns are still largely intact.

The route
When you get off the boat, go to the left along the lakefront promenade following the signs for “Giro Fornaci”. If you arrived by car, park in Piazza Ranci and walk down to the square at the harbour.

Going northwards along the Vespucci promenade you will pass the yacht club and walk along the cliff beside the lake; then take the footpath between the rocks. A little bridge takes you past the entrance to Villa Sagramoso Brivio, and then upwards to the first kiln.

A stretch of dirt track winds between a series of houses and leads to a path which takes you up some  steep steps to the second furnace. If you turn left onto the surfaced road you can go downhill to another kiln on the lake shore. Go on by the side of the lake and a steep path will take you a viewpoint of stunning beauty.

You then go down the Via Panoramica for a short distance and go on along Via della Volpe and Via degli Alpini (viewpoint with benches) to the level area of Lavorascio below.  Overlooking the Lavorascio bay,  this is an important nature reserve with a breathtaking view of the mountains towards Arona and behind Verbania.

Go back to the fork in Via della Volpe and continue along the surfaced road, away from the lake side, to reach the promenade below and the boat station, where you started from.

Useful information
Navigazione Lago Maggiore:
Refreshment facility: Ristorante San Gottardo tel.0332780186


The route is suitable for families (with children)


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