The largest is Traffiume with its Orrido di S. Anna, separated from the main town by the Cannobino stream, which originates in the valley and flows into the lake.
Its origins can be traced back to pre-Roman times, but it was in the Middle Ages that Cannobio emerged onto the world stage. For the following centuries, it was under the authority of Milan, first with the Visconti family and later with the Borromeo family. It still maintains strong ties with the Lombard shore, despite belonging to the Piedmont region.
It is a place rich in history and art, where nature is the undisputed protagonist. Just think of the countless hiking opportunities in the mountains, boat trips, and the relaxation of a day by the lake…
The Cannobina Valley, or Val Tupa in the local dialect, is a dark, rugged valley carved and eroded by the waters of the stream that runs through it for about 17 km. It is an imposing and wild valley, with steep and precipitous peaks, but it offers landscapes of indescribable beauty, a realm of untouched nature.
There are ten country that we encounter when traveling through it from Cannobio:
Each country in the valley has its own traditional costume, which women wear regularly and proudly. The villages in the valley are connected by the Borromea road, an ancient route now of significant importance as a hiking itinerary. The Cannobina has always connected Domodossola and the Vigezzo Valley with Lake Maggiore.