An itinerary along the Cadorna Line, the famous defensive line built by General Luigi Cadorna between 1911 and 1916, full of mule tracks, communications trenches, fortifications, trenches, machine-gun nests and bunkers.
The start and finish of the itinerary are in Casalzuigno, near a bridge on Via Arcumeggia. Continue uphill toward Arcumeggia. After the built-up area, a long plateau leads to the fork on the right for San Michele, reached after beginning the descent. Circling back about 200 metres, take the Sentiero del Fondista (path 3V) and follow it until it crosses the military road that comes up from Mesenzana and, on the right, climbs to Forte di Vallalta and then up to San Martino at the summit. From Forte di Vallalta continue uphill on the military road. After about 300 metres, you will see the ruins of the former Cadorna Barracks on the left, now identified as Villa San Giuseppe. From the parade ground of the former Cadorna Barracks, follow the paved road on the right to reach the summit of Mount San Martino. The Church and the Refuge are at the summit, the Shrine slightly lower. To finish the itinerary, descend about 700 metres and take the military road on the right that leads back to the road connecting Arcumeggia to San Domenico. From here it is downhill to Arcumeggia and Casalzuigno.
Where to park: parking at the Dalla Porta Bozzolo Villa
Source: GPS Varese
Suggested periodAll year (except in the case of recent snowfalls)
Not to missCasalzuigno: The Dalla Porta Bozzolo Villa
Arcumeggia: the frescoes
Fortifications of the Cadorna Line
Shrine of the Battle of San Martino