The Walser are also called “the people of the Alps” or “mountain men”, it is a population of Germanic origin, which finds its settlements in the Italian and Swiss Alps. It is a peaceful people, attracted by the peaks to escape the competition of the lords and religious eighth century.
This escape towards ever higher altitudes in search of peace, leads them to an unbelievable capacity of adaptation and exploitation of the few resources available. They live off the only possible crops in those rigid climates, farming in mountain pastures and derived products.
Surely cosmetics were not in their thoughts, but no doubt they relaxed with the scent of their hay, conceded themselves sweet moments with woodland products and warmed themselves with hot cups of fresh milk…
Characterised by a breathtaking view at the foot of theMount Rosa, Macugnaga is the most representative town of the Walser culture of Anzasca Valley, with its typical wooden houses, which have maintained their original style, it’s composed of its characteristic twelve localities, of which the Staffa locality is, to date, the most representative. Not to be missed is a visit to the Walser House Museum in the village of Borca.
Image: photo Pessina – location Dorf – old church
The community Walser at the lowest altitude of Ossola, that tradition and testimony, slang terms and chronicle ossolana history deems it as being established in the Middle Ages by a Vallesan population.
Do not miss a visit to the ancient Walser settlement of Casalecchio / Bach / Grobo / Ronch,to the Sanctuary Beata Verigne of Boden and the Monumental Sanctuary B.V. Della Guardia, with medieval tower.
Images: particular Walser houses – photos Pessina
In the thirteenth century the Walser allocation in the woods of the Val Formazza appears as the most consistent of the period. Valley of the Bettelmatt pastures and the Toce waterfall. In close correlation with the Antigorio Valley, to the south, characterised by typical Walser settlements, of which Salecchio,is worth a visit, especially for lovers of tranquility surrounded by relaxing landscapes.
Images: step of Gries, Alpe Bettelmatt – Photo Pessina.