Monte Sasso del Ferro

Distance: 10.5 km • Time: 3 hours • Medium difficulty

Sasso del Ferro mount (1062m/3484feet) belongs to Varesine Pre-alps , and observes from above Laveno Mombello. It can be reached by cable car: from Laveno center you can reach Poggio Sant’Elsa in few minutes, but also on foot with a track that starts from Cittiglio. It’s possible to park in Via Repubblica, where you find the route signs. Following the signs to Casere, cross arbor and head towards the old part of the city. Once past the fountain, turning left into Via Caprera you will find other signs where the route is immediately challenging. After the town of Monteggia you enter the woods and after a small chapel you reach Casere, from there turn right following Cujaga, with a path less steep than the previous one. Further on you meet a crossroad where you take the left, crossing a path that descends from the left you continue on the main road that turns slightly to the right. After that you easily reach Poggio sant’Elsa, where you can admire a wide view of Laveno and the Borromean islands, from Sasso del Ferro instead the panorama includes the Campo dei Fiori and a part of Lake Maggiore, Val Grande and the Alpine chain among which the Monte Rosa stands out.


  • Duration: 2h climb, 1h downhill
  • Distance: 10.5 km
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Altitude: 840 m
  • Starting point: Cittiglio
  • Arrival point: Poggio Sant’Elsa
  • Parking: yes
    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese