Ticino

Valle Onsernone

Discover Valle Onsernone by going on an excursion through nature. This valley, considered to be one of the most unspoilt in the canton, is the ideal destination for anyone in search of tranquillity.

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Mill of Loco, Valle Onsernone.

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Valle Onsernone is renowned above all for its unique, almost impassible topography, with the Isorno river roaring down the valley and distinctive villages sheltering on their sunny terraces. Why not discover this beautiful place by experiencing one of the excursions below?

Via delle Vose

This ancient mule track originally facilitated trade in the valley. Retrace the path used by the farmers of Valle Onsernone to reach the valley bottom.

In Loco (stop: “Loco, Paese”), a visit to the Museo Onsernonese is a must. There, you can discover the culture and history of the valley and pay a trip to the mill, which still produces the traditional farina bòna corn flour.

The path then descends through the woods to Niva, where there is a press previously used to juice grapes.

After you have passed Vosa, the path climbs and then descends again towards Pila. This distinctive little group of houses perching on a sunny terrace is an excellent place to rest before continuing downhill to Intragna.

Once you arrive in Intragna, be sure to visit the town center and the tallest bell tower in Ticino. You can begin your journey home by Postbus from the stop “Intragna, Ponte” or by train from Intragna railway station.

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Duration

2 hrs 20 mins

Difficulty level

Easy

Length

5.9 km

Altitude difference

309 m uphill / 616 m downhill

Starting point

PostBus stop “Loco, Paese”

Destination

PostBus stop “Intragna, Ponte” or Intragna railway station

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Laghetto di Salei

The lovely Alpine lake of Salei, located above Vergeletto, is a pleasant excuse to take a trip into nature.

Exit at the stop “Vergeletto, Funivia Salei” for easy access to the start of the cable car, which will carry you 1,777 metres up to the Salei Alp.

For those who prefer to make the journey on foot, it will take around three hours to reach the Alp. The path crosses green meadows and beautiful larch woods.

From the cable car station on the mountain, you will arrive at the enchanting Laghetto di Salei after a little more than half an hour of walking. Along the path, the breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore will leave you speechless.

Crossing this idyllic landscape, you will then descend towards Comologno, where you can begin your journey home with ease by Postbus (stop: “Comologno, Paese”).

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Duration

5 hrs

Difficulty level

Medium

Length

13 km

Altitude difference

1,000 m uphill / 900 m downhill

Starting point

PostBus stop “Vergeletto, Funivia Salei”

Destination

PostBus stop “Comologno, Paese”

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1st and 2nd images: copyright Ticino Turismo, Remy Steinegger.
3rd and 4th images: copyright Ascona-Locarno Tourism, Alessio Pizzicannella

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