Tones on the Stones is much more than a simple festival: it’s an opportunity to enjoy a weekend full of nature and adventure, among the landscapes and colors offered by the Lake Maggiore district and the largest wilderness area in Italy: the Val Grande National Park.
With the term wilderness the thought generally turns to boundless spaces, wild places and uncontaminated by the presence of man. The Val Grande is not just this, though. Here the traces of human presence are very evident: mule tracks, mountain pastures, terracing, vestiges of cableways, testify how men in the past centuries has intensely frequented the valley. In this valley, wilderness means harmony, natural balance and undisputed silences.
Even the Ossola Valleys, a stone’s throw from the splendid location of the 2019 edition, offer considerable opportunities.
The Val d’Ossola is a wide alpine valley, located north of Piedmont and on the border with Switzerland, composed of seven valleys: Valli Vigezzo, Anzasca, Formazza, Bognanco, Divedro, Antigorio and Antrona. In the center is the Ossola plain with its characteristic historical centers.
The physical and administrative core of Central Ossola, its “civil capital”, is Domodossola, land of transit for the Simplon pass and the Formazza alpine passes. Strengthened by its vocation as a frontier town, Domodossola has been able to confirm itself over the years as a modern town while retaining its characteristics as a medieval village. On the Mattarella hill that overlooks the town is the Sacro Monte Calvario, inserted by UNESCO since 2003 among the World Heritage Sites.
The quarry La Beola di Monte quarry is located in the Municipality of Montecrestese (Church Village), at this link you will find many information and different proposals for hiking and exploring the surroundigs.
The Lake Maggiore, the territory of Val Grande and Ossola are amongst the most attractive places in Italy, thanks to breathtaking excursions, rivers, waterfalls and spas; you can also find art, culture, sport and entertainment.
This very landscape gives the possibility to plan a weekend of nature but also of culture, in fact Domodossola, a stone’s throw from the quarry La Beola di Monte, is a pretty town rich in history and culture: an inimitable alpine pearl located in the heart of Ossola.
A few suggestions
- Associazione Musei Ossola – Over 40 sites worth visiting
- Sacro Monte Calvario di Domodossola – UNESCO heritage
- Orridi di Uriezzo – A spectacular and unusual hike
- Il Lago Maggiore
- Distretto dei Laghi
- Parco della Val Grande
- Visita Ossola e Lago Maggiore
- Lago Maggiore Fun
- Terme di Premia
- Terme di Bognanco
- Cascata del Toce
- Parco Devero Veglia
Where to stay
Accommodation solutions that can meet different needs: B&Bs for those who prefer more familiar environments,but also hotels with all the comforts for a weekend of relaxation and well-being.