Fortini della fame

The Fortini della fame (hunger forts) are ancient military constructions that form an integral part of an educational trail just waiting to be discovered. Walk through nature and learn some notions of history!

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Fortino della fame

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These lines of military defence were built in around 1855 at Camorino, just outside Bellinzona. Simply make your way uphill to understand the reason for the choice of location: it represents an ideal strategic point.

Discover the Hunger Forts educational trail

During a pleasant walk in the hills through forests and vineyards, you’ll be able to learn interesting facts about the history of the canton of Ticino and enjoy the magnificent view of the Piano di Magadino and the entire Bellinzona region.

Simply alight at the “Camorino, Villaggio” stop and follow the information signs that guide walkers along this fascinating route. Five hunger forts were built in this area: five towers with typical names in local dialect: Ai Scarsitt, Ai Munt, Ala Pélera, Al Sass dal Camósc and Al Pian di Bur. These works of art were constructed for military purposes to ward off a potential attack from the Austrians (which never came).

The name “hunger forts” was given by the locals who, thanks to the towers commissioned by the Confederation, were able to overcome a difficult period.

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1 hour 20 minutes

Difficulty level



3.96 km

Altitude difference

223 m uphill / 223 m downhill

Outward journey

PostBus stop “Camorino, Villaggio”

Return journey

PostBus stop “Camorino, Villaggio”

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