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54,4 km - Altitude gain 350mt

Stage 14

Stresa -

Cassano Magnago

Saturday 20  May 2023 54,4km Altitude gain 350mt
Stage suitable for: Beginners

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Stre s a first appeared in documents in 998 and was under the jurisdiction of the Viscontis’ and the Borromei u ntil 100 years ago, w hen the presence of firstly the philosopher Rosmini, followed by the writer Manzoni and Elizabeth of Saxony (the duchess of Genova )), Stres a became better known. The opening of the Simplon Tunnel railway in 1906 brought Stres a international fame. The nearness to large centres such as Milan and Turin with their international airports, the convention centre and hotels unite modern facil i ties wi th a tradition of hospitality, gardens an ideal temperatures, mak e Stresa today one of the most renowned places in Italy.

Stresa’s territory offers h iking trails, mountain bike trails, water sport s and golf courses.


L e Marghe r itine d i Stresa ” are the typical sweet of Stresa, biscuits produced in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy. The gastronomic products of excellence are: rice, pasta, honey, Gorgonzola cheese, lake fish (Persic and Gardon) and Piedmontese meats, us in g ingred i ents fr om all over Italy.


Careful selection of wines: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Boca Doc, Fara Doc, Sizzano Doc, Ghemme Docg, Erbaluce e Prünent.



Cassano Magnago is an Italian town of 21560 inhabitants in the Province of Varese in Lombardy and its land area has an altitude ranging from 242 m. to 321 m.  above sea level.  Cassano Magnago,  originally “Cassiano Magniago”, was elevated to the rank of City after the Presidential Decree of 10th November 1997. The city has ancient origins, testified by the discovery of a cinerary urn attributable to the Golasecca Culture (from 1000 to 500 B.C.). The true symbol of Cassano Magnago is Saint Maurice Tower, dating back to the Late Roman Age, used as a signal tower and rebuilt as the bell tower of the church of the same name. The history of Cassano is the history of a territory which, without forgetting the old presence of the Visconti from the 18th century, began to host noble families from Milan and Gallarate as well as presenting archaeological, religious and naturalistic evidences represented by: Villa Oliva with Magana Park, Villa Buttafava, Visconti Castle, ex Church of Saint Julius, churches of Saint Mary, Saint Julius, Saint Peter, Saint Martin and Saint Anne, Remembrance Avenue, Oasi Boza e City Wood.


I purscelitt da Cassan:

Typical good luck cake of Cassano Magnago, made in biscuit or marzipan, but strictly piglet-shaped.

It is said that Queen Teodolinda, passing through Saint Julius, didn’t meet a living soul except for a few piglets, the “purscelitt”, which rooted along the street. Struck by such manifest poverty, she took off the precious crown from her head and gave it to the Cassanesi, to get money to help the poor. From this legacy, the “Charity of the Crown Charity” would originate, with which the parish of Saint Julius supported the poor until the nineteenth century.


Chiscieau cunt i fig:

Leftover bread dough mixed with figs, raisins, sugar and butter


Frucch e maroch:

Sweets similar to amaretti, made of sugar and egg whites, whose name originates from the rivalry be-tween the inhabitants of the district of Saint Julius and those of Saint Mary.

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