Outlying Localities

Three official outlying localities are part of the territory of Ronco sopra Ascona: Porto Ronco, Fontana Martina and Cappella Gruppaldo. There are, however, three other areas that may be considered at the same level of outlying localities although they are not officially so: Corafòra, Pian Carignago (Colle San Marco) and the Monti di Ronco.







Porto Ronco

This locality, whose original name Riva was used until the 1940ties, is divided in two by the Cantonal road leading to Ascona and to Brisago. Originally, it was a tiny hamlet in proximity of the municipal port and was mainly inhabited by fishermen.

Once there used to be several cornmills here and, more recently, a factory producing "mostarda", the typical italian mustatrd fruit.

Today, Porto Ronco, whose rustic dwellings have given way to luxurious villas, is renowned for its idyllic position on the lake, right opposite the Brissago Islands; here one finds several hotels and restaurants and an embarcadero, point of arrival and departure of boats that every day plough the waters of the Verbano Lake (see Outlying Localities in the TOURISM menu).




Fontana Martina

As to where the name of this hamlet derives from can only be hypothesized. In this area, there used to be a spring that seems to have given rise to the name “Fontana”, while Martina would seem to refer to the fact that this was the water source of the Parish of San Martino.

Inhabited ever since ancient times, Villa Funtàna Martina is still an important historical locality of Ronco. In fact, the small oratory of San Marco, dating 1600 and demolished in 1948 used to rise on this spot together with the old tavern “Alla Voce del Deserto”, no longer a tavern today.

Its tiny village, which until the Forties could only be reached by means of a path, is still extremely fascinating today thanks to the preservation of many of the original buildings that are decorated with medieval motifs. Struck by progressive depopulation, the village was abandoned towards the end of the Nineteenth Century and left to the rack and ruin of time. It sprang back to life again only in 1924, when the printer Fritz Jordi bought some crumbling old rustic houses and started rebuilding them, in its traditional fashion, revitalizing the whole area; for several years it became a famous meeting place for artists, also thanks to the fact that Jordi entitled a review he was publishing at the time “Fontana Martina”. Today, Fontana Martina, which is disseminated with lovely residential homes, is a peaceful place that offers a breathtaking view overlooking the lake and the Brissago Islands (see also Outlying Localities in the TOURISM menu).





Cappella Gruppaldo

This outlying localities takes its name from a chapel that still may be found today (the Capèla de Grupàlt), which was built here astride an old mule track that used to lead to Arcegno. Once completely devoid of other buildings (the chapel was the only building until 1940), this area started developing in the Fifties and today has become a residential district, which merging from an urban point of view with Pian Carignago, has almost become its natural extension. (see also Outlying Localities in the TOURISM menu).






This area, that extends upstream of Via Gottardo Madonna towards the municipal boundaries of Ascona, used to be a scarcely populated area, in account of the steepness of its slopes Since until 1641 Ronco was a part of Ascona, it may be hypothesized that its name derives from “cura di fuori”, referring to the use that the inhabitants of Ascona made of this territory, going “just outside” Ascona or “upstream” to take care of their cultivations. Today Corafòra has lost its original agricultural vocation and with time and especially on account of its stunning location with an open view over the lake, it has become solely a residential area, disseminated with villas and enchanting gardens. (see also Outlying Localities in the TOURISM menu).





Pian Carignago (Colle San Marco)

El Piàn Carignàgh was originally land belonging to the Patritiate (local nobility) and was divided into three plateaus consisting in woods and pasturelands. Ever since 1950, that is, when the Patriciate started selling the whole area by allotments to private people, who went on to build numerous villas, this locality with its incredible view, has never stopped growing. Today, on the lowest sector there are about 50 villas, almost all belonging to families of German origin and for this reason it is often referred to for fun as “New Germany” (see also Outlying Localities in the TOURISM menu).





Monti di Ronco

At about 1000 m. in altitude, the Monti di Ronco used to consist in extended meadow-grounds, disseminated with little dwellings, being thus Ronco's main area of hay-production.It has become today a much appreciated destination for summer holidays, not only for tourists but for the people living in Ronco as well, since fresh air and peace and quiet abound here.

On these mountains, reachable both on foot (following gorgeous trails) and by car, it is possible nto visit among others the characteristic village called La Purèra or Porèra and an oratory devoted to the Madonna del Pozzuolo. From here, one can enjoy an outstanding view of Lake Maggiore and of the whole region. (see also Outlying Localities in the TOURISM menu).