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Domodossola – la Dolce Vita with BLS

There are many ways to enjoy la Dolce Vita in the Piedmont

If you love Italian cuisine, you are likely to enjoy antipasti and original grissini torinesi, possibly with a glass of red wine and preferably followed by a dessert of torrone alla nocciola. So how about an excursion to the Piedmont?

Thanks to the great connections provided by BLS via the Lötschberg and Simplon tunnels, rail passengers can travel in comfort directly to Domodossola. Perfect for dinner at one of the provincial capital’s restaurants. And the journey there – through the wonderful expanse of Rhonetal and the nearly 20-kilometre-long Simplon Tunnel, and a stretch on the Italian side past burbling streams amidst pristine nature – is already guaranteed to be a fascinating experience.

Alongside its great food and typical Italianità, the Piedmont also offers plenty of variety and great excursions starting at Domodossola. Treat yourself today – the Dolce Vita is closer than you think!

RegioExpress Lötschberger Bern–Brig–Domodossola

New: departing from Bern to Domodossola every two hours starting from 9 July 2017

The improved service offers commuters and leisure travellers attractive connections through the Simplon Tunnel. With the new timetable, passengers benefit from a RegioExpress connection between Bern and Domodossola via Spiez, Kandersteg and Brig that operates every two hours from morning until late afternoon. During the main weekday travel periods, the RegioExpress trains operate on the hour.

Modern and staffed trains for the Brig–Domodossola stretch

Since 11 December 2016, BLS has been operating regional trains travelling via the Simplon Tunnel. Along with modern, air-conditioned Lötschberger trains with a sufficient number of carriages to meet the respective volume of passengers, you can also benefit from the personal service offered by our conductors on all connections. They are there to help you with any queries, and will be happy to sell you your desired ticket.

Where can I purchase my ticket?

You can purchase your individual ticket, group ticket and season ticket at your nearest BLS Travel Centre, online or at the ticket machines. In addition, you can also purchase your ticket from the conductor on all BLS RegioExpress trains.

Alpine flair and Mediterranean charm

Every Saturday, Domodossola tempts many excursionists to its famous and popular market. Anyone strolling through the alleys of the historic centre will soon see that this provincial capital has enjoyed an eventful history. Splendid patrician houses line the path, and the Piazza del Mercato is home to distinctive buildings from the medieval period and Renaissance with majestic arcades. Glance out over the historic centre’s impressive landscape of rooftops, and you will see the snow-covered peaks of the Valais Alps.

... by the water’s edge

Lago Maggiore is also close to Domodossola, and easy to get to by bus. The charming city of Verbania lies on the western shore of this famous lake, and presents itself to visitors as “Verbania, a garden by the lake”. The city’s flourishing parks draw in tourists from around the world each year.  A visit to the botanical gardens at the Villa Taranto in the Pallanza district is essential. This impressive park stretches across a 20-hectare area, half of which is in the English style, the other half in the Italian. 100 non-native plants and no fewer than 20,000 plant species of special importance can be viewed here.

Take to the hills

The mighty glaciers of the Monte Rosa massif formed the Valle Anzasca, in whose valley head lies the Walser village of Macugnaga. This place is a historic Walser settlement which was settled in the twelfth century by people from the Swiss Saastal (Valais). The village has retained its independent cultural stability to this day, and has now become a modern tourist centre – perfect for walking, skiing, cross-country skiing and climbing.
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