The Alto Verbano district, just south of the Monte Zeda mountains summit, was once occupied by the huge glacier of the Ticino river, which stretched all the way down to the valleys of the San Bernardino and the San Giovanni streams and eventually shaped, through its action of rock erosion and transportation, a very typical morphological landscape. In the area facing towards Lago Maggiore lies the valley through which runs the San Giovanni stream, the Valle Intrasca. Here flat plateaus alternate with low hills dotted with historical settlements, the most important of which are the villages of Caprezzo, Intragna, Scareno, and Aurano, sitting high in a sun-lit position overlooking the deep valley below. In the heart of the Val Grande lies the valley of the San Bernardino stream, which formed through the action of glacier, which, at Ponte Casletto - where the Rio Val Grande and the Rio Pogallo creeks join into one - eventually met the rocky ridges of the Cima Sasso and was forced to deviate its course towards the valley of Rio Pogallo. Its main urban settlements are: Rovegro, Cossogno, Cicogna and Pogallo. Historically, this area has always had an important strategic and defensive role. During World War I, upon a proposal of Verbania- born General Cadorna, huge excavations were conducted to build roads, trenches and bunkers, which were meant to act asa a defence barrier, but were never actually used, and now represent an important tourist attraction. The valley was also an important partisan hideout during World War II, up until June 1944, when it was heavily searched by the German troops who used fire to damage and destroy many local huts, making life even more difficult for mountain dwellers. The Val Grande woodlands have always been a great resource for the area, largely for the production of timber, which would be floated down the San Bernardino stream. At the Beginning of the 20th century, a 10 km long cableway was built by company Sutermeister, carrying timber from Pogallo to Fondotoce and hugely contributing to the valley's economic development. Commercial logging activities ended around 1925 and the large cableway was dismantled. Along the mountains around the Val Pogallo winds the hardest and the most demanding trail in the Lepontine Alps, the 'Sentiero Bove', which was created between 1890 and 1897 by the Verbano Intra Division of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club, in honour of great 19th century explorer Giacomo Bove. printed maps available: https://www.libreriageografica.com/
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