This itinerary takes place behind Menaggio in the beautiful Val Sanagra Park, an area rich in flora, fauna and ancient rural settlements. From Menaggio we go up to the hamlet of Loveno to reach the locality of Piamuro. From this beautiful grassy plateau you follow a dirt road that enters the Park Val Sanagra. From the village of Codogna continue on the provincial road 8, with beautiful views of the Menaggio Valley, to reach the beautiful village of Naggio.
Then you enter the high Val Sanagra until you reach the Monti di Gottro, the highest point of the itinerary. You descend, enjoying a splendid view of Lake Lugano and Lake Piano, first on a path and then on a beautiful mule track to Gottro. We pass by the Romanesque church of San Giorgio to take the challenging path to Rogolone, a huge centuries-old oak, declared a natural monument and symbol of the Val Sanagra Park. From here we return to Codogna where there is Villa Camozzi, seat of the Ethnographic and Naturalistic Museum of Val Sanagra.
From Menaggio follow the state road 340 towards Lugano. After three turns turn right into via N. Sauro in direction Loveno. After about 500 meters take the left continuation of via N. Sauro. You come out in Largo Vittorio Veneto and continue on the left in via Garovaglio. When you arrive at the church of San Lorenzo, turn left and go up via Catulla Mylius Vigoni. Past the sports center you reach the location Piamuro (381 meters above sea level).
Go straight on the dirt road following the trail marker of the route n. 4 of the Park Val Sanagra, and you will feel up to the Sanagra river in the locality Mulino della Valle. Before the bridge turn right and follow carefully the narrow path along the river. You pass the Fornace Galli, an ancient brick factory, to arrive at the farmhouse La Vecchia Chioderia.
Pass in front of the farmhouse and cross the bridge over the river going up the asphalt road to reach, after a few bends, Codogna (455 meters above sea level). Turn right and take, after 50 meters, the provincial road of Grandola on the right. Go up to the church of Naggio (670 meters above sea level) where you take the left. After about 200 meters turn right following the indication for Val Sanagra-Monti di Gottro. When you reach the locality Monti di Gottro, near the Crotto del Merlo, the highest point of the itinerary, turn left and follow the indications for Crotto Mirabel.
From the parking lot take the path steeply downhill. At the fork turn right. The path joins a mule track that descends to the village of Gottro (567 meters above sea level). At the little square with a fountain, go downhill on the left to reach the asphalt road near a wash-house. Continue to the right and after about 50 meters turn left. Leave the road almost immediately and follow the indications for the church of San Giorgio. Near the church take the path to Rogolone. At the fork go straight towards Rogolone.
From Rogolone continue on the path that is difficult in some sections, straight until you reach Codogna at the side of Villa Camozzi.
Go up to the left and then to the right in via al Mulino descending again to the Vecchia Chioderia and by the inverse path, return to Menaggio.