A scenic and somewhat enduring hike through dense forests, passing some of the typical small villages of the Centovalli. In addition to numerous cultural highlights such as the church of San Michele, the tour also offers fantastic views of the Centovalli, Lake Maggiore and the steep peaks of the Ticino Alps.
The hike starts in Rasa, the last car-free village in Ticino. The cable car takes you from Verdasio to Rasa. The valley station in Verdasio, about 13 kilometres from Locarno, is reached by the Centovalli cable car. With the Ticino ticket, which you receive at check-in at the boutique hotel Remorino, you travel free of charge on public transport throughout Ticino during your stay.
Cable car timetable: 09.00-13.00 / 14.20-18.00
Departure every 20 minutes, closed on the first Tuesday of the month.
Price per person with the Ticino Ticket: one-way CHF 6.40.
After a 15-minute descent, you reach Terra Vecchia, a group of rebuilt old houses well worth seeing. From Terra Vecchia, the route leads steadily down to a narrow valley and up the other side of the valley to the hamlet of Bordei, where there are many beautifully restored stone houses. Here we recommend the Osteria Bordei (Wednesday to Sunday) as a stopover. There you can listen to the murmur of the stream on the beautiful garden terrace and take a deep breath and enjoy.
The further way to Palagnedra requires some, partly steep climbs. From the edge of the forest, an asphalt road leads to Palagnedra. There it is worth visiting the church of San Michele, where the valuable frescoes by Antonio da Tradate can be seen. After an hour, you finally reach the Palagnedra stop of the Centovalli railway, which is located above the reservoir on the other side of the valley, via an asphalt road.