There are 7 alpeggi around Bellinzona, but not many of them sell cheese. Alpeggio Giumello for example, is where the apprentice cheesemakers learn. These students come from the agricultural school - Istituto Agrario di Mezzana, but the cheese they make is not for sale.
However the following itineraries both take you to alpeggi where it is possible to buy cheese. You can get to Alpe Gesero (Variante A) by car. Leave Bellinzona and head towards val Mesolcina as far as Roveredo (8km) and turn off to Monti di Laura and continue for another 13 kms. Capanna Gesero is well signed and you’ll find the alpeggio in close proximity to it. In this splendid scenery they produce an excellent cheese made of cows’ milk, with ‘GESERO’ marked on the rind. There are also formaggini and buttermilk available. It’s a wonderful place for hiking – Capanna Gesero offers hospitality for anyone who would like to stay longer than a day. There are 60 beds, and a warden from 15th June until 15th October (tel: 091 827 12 71) It’s advisable to make the return trip by car.
The second route leaves from Monte-Carasso. Take the cable car to the top (1400m) and then go to the right and follow the signed path which climbs up to Mornera (about 15 minutes) where you’ll discover a delightful little lake with water lilies, and, nearby, the Alpeggio Mornera which belongs to Diego Grossi . Here you can buy a semi-soft cheese with MORNERA marked on the rind. If the same cheese is made on the other side of the yard it has ‘PIE MORETTI’ on the rind! Both can be sampled and bought at the Grotto Mornera and the Grotto Romitaggo at Monte Carasso. Follow the signs through the woods and fields and after an hour you’ll get to Alpeggio Monda, run by Angela Tognetti. In the middle of this stunning panorama she makes cheese with goats’ milk or a mixture of both cows’ and goats’ milk. You can buy formaggini, formaggelle, robiole, ricotta, and butter before returning by the same path.
Ravecchia; Chiesa di San Biagio
13th C - traces of late medieval archaeology and paintings. Both inside and out precious pictorial witnesses to the 14th and 15th C.
Chiesa della Madonna della Neve
17th C. The church was enlarged and transformed in the 1750s and has frescoes from the 17th and 18th C
Nucleo di Prada
on the slopes above Ravecchia - dates back to 14th C.
Museo Villa dei Cedri
This museum is housed in a villa (‘dei Cedri’) from 19th C. Parking in the square in front of the church of San Biagio.
Chiesa di San Girolamo
15th C, with frescoes from 16th and 17th C
Variante A: Roveredo - Alp Gesero - Capanna Gesero - Alpe Giumello
Recommended period: june - september
Alpe Gesero, Arbedo, tel. 091 827 12 71 next to the Capanna Gesero
Alpe Mornera, Monte Carasso, tel. 091 826 31 12
Alpe Monda, Bellinzona, tel. 091 825 36 80
Capanna Gesero, Arbedo, tel. 091 827 12 71
SALE OF PRODUCTS
Wine (red) available from the vineyard of Villa dei Cedri Tues.-Sat., tel. 091 821 85 20
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Tour history (B00930)
First published: Mittwoch, 31. Januar 2007
Last updated: Montag, 18. Mai 2015
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