Cable car Stresa – Mottarone
The Stresa to Mottarone cable car takes 20 minutes to get to the top of Mount Mottarone (1,491m2 / 4,892 ft2). Mount Mottarone is considered a “natural balcony” from which there are 360° panoramic views across the Po Valley to the Alps. From the summit which is a 15 minute walk from the cable car station you can see seven lakes: Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Mergozzo, Lake Varese, Lake Comabbio, Lake Monate and Lake Biandronno.
Tourism around Mount Mottarone really took off in the early 1900’s when the area was opened up for skiing. Thus in 1910 the river which ran down the now Via Roma was covered over to make way for the Stresa to Mottarone railway. This electric rack and pinion railway was inaugurated in 1911 with its route starting from the ferry station square, continuing up Via Roma to Stresa railway station, stopping in Vedasco before reaching Mottarone. The journey used to take 1 hour. Ski runs were created, a bob sleigh run was opened and one of Italy’s first ski jumps was built in 1935.
7 years after the closure of the railway in 1963, the current cable car started running.
The cable car can accommodate 40 passengers per car and has a mid station at Alpino where you can alight to visit the Alpine Gardens. The gardens cover an area of approximately 40,000m2 (431,000 ft2) with a wonderfully appointed viewpoint over the Borromean Islands and Lake Maggiore. The gardens were created in 1934 and specialise in Alpine and sub-Alpine species.
There are several walking trails in the Mottarone area – please see the walks section for more details.
SPECAIL DISCOUNT TICKETS You can pick you your reduced cable car tiockets and jump the queue at the Verbano Viaggi Travel Agency in Baveno – tel 0323923196 **
For events and evening hire of the cable car contact firstname.lastname@example.org tel 0323922917