Old Church of Macugnaga and the Old Lime Tree

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How to get

By car: the A26 motorway continues as the Simplon dual carriageway. Take this road and exit at Piedimulera-Valle Anzasca.
By train: the nearest railway station is Piedimulera, 27 km from Staffa.


Macugnaga is the heart of the splendid Anzasca Valley; it has a rich heritage of Walser culture, and the town is the custodian of the living tradition of this so-called “People of the Alps”. A central part of this tradition is the Old Church in the ancient hamlet of Dorf, not far from Staffa. 

The church was built in the second half of the 13th century, but has undergone a great deal of alteration and refurbishment. Close to the cemetery a short distance from the church stands, in all its glory, the 14th century Old Lime Tree, in whose shade the judicial and administrative assemblies of the community were held. The majestic 700-year-old tree has a circumference of 7 metres at its base.

The parish church of Santa Maria Assunta stands in the middle of the village of Staffa; the construction of the church dates from the beginning of the 18th century. The tall bell tower was added in 1936. The church has a rectangular plan with a single, sumptuous nave, and faces the lower valley.

A stone tablet commemorates the ascent of the Dufour peak of Monte Rosa in 1889 by Achille Ratti, the priest who was to become Pope under the name of Pius XI.