This is a short and gorgeous via ferrata opened in 2014. It’s located near the Simplon Pass, close to Village Gabi; one hour drive from Verbania, Lago Maggiore.
The via ferrata is open end of March until November; depending on snow and ice. Only advisable at good weather conditions. It's a fun via ferrata which takes roughly 2 hours depending on your fitness level. There is limited parking.
It's an 4 hours hike which starts at Cicogna and leads to Alpe Pra and the village Pogallo. The trail leads along the river on the way back.
It is an amazing hike year round. The peak season is in summer and especially in August.
To combine the hike with a dip in the river; start before 11 a.m. in summer. Late afternoon the river is in the shade.