In the icy heart of Val Formazza

Two days to discover Val Formazza, the tip of Piedmont on the border with Switzerland, for the twelfth episode of The Wander Playlist.

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27 March 2018

Last episode of the first season of The Wander Playlist, the column that within one year has led us to discover our peninsula, from the peaks of Val di Sole to the coast of Trapani, by way of Cinque Terre and Lake Braies.

A year of breathtaking landscapes, musical playlists, dozens of photo files and miles of road scratched by the wheels of our cars.

Music.

We dedicated this last episode to the mountains, snow and landscapes that have bewitched us and that we have never experienced so intensely as in recent months.

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The protagonist of the pictures taken by our Lumix is the Val Formazza, a small, almost isolated, alpine valley where the Walser people (a population of Germanic origin) have lived for centuries of farming and small cultivations in the shadow of large glaciers. A secluded and quiet world that we have been crossing by foot for two days to discover uncontaminated spaces between large expanses of snow, artificial lakes and chalets.

   “A secluded and quite world…”

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The valley is the natural continuation of the Antigorio Valley, which begins on the north of Domodossola, and is crossed entirely by the Toce River, which in its final part forms the famous Toce Falls, a 143-meter jump.

The northernmost village of Formazza is Riale, a small cluster of houses at the foot of the Diga di Morasco, created in the 1930s to generate electricity and whose construction submerged the ancient village of Morasco.

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

After a journey that began in the morning along roads that seem to change constantly, we arrive at our chalet near Riale during a small snowstorm. The high snow, the muffled landscape makes us lose our orientation, it’s like walking into a white sheet, to stroll inside a cotton swab, between suspended objects.

The night passes fast. The next day the sun is bright and the sky is blue, that magnificent color which only the winter can give.

We walk the whole day above the dam. Once at the top we shoot the frozen lake, a white expanse still and smooth. The mountains envelop us and we are speechless every time we look towards a different horizon. Nature can sometimes make you feel drunk.

We cross the whole Riale plain. Around us, a few skiers train on the cross-country ski slopes, the trail is comfortable, every corner seems to be cut out of a nativity scene. A natural amphitheater that promises to be breathtaking even without snow.

Enjoy these pictures with which we try to tell you everything without using any other words.

See you in a few months.

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

“…it’s like walking into a white sheet, to stroll inside a cotton swab, between suspended objects…”

 

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

The Wander Playlist - Nel cuore glaciale della Val Formazza | Collater.al

Pictures by @buddy_bradley and @cyberandy.

WHAT TO SEE
Cascata del Toce
Diga di Morasco

WHERE TO EAT
Walser Schtuba

Pictures taken with the new Lumix G80

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