Set in Valle Verzasca this itinerary is known as the famous ‘Sentierone.’, or well beaten path which unites various aspects of rural tourism. From start to finish it would take several days, so it would be an ideal opportunity to spend a few nights in the valley.
There are two starting points – one at Mergoscia, and the other on the dam of the Verzasca reservoir (Variante A). Both can be reached by bus from Tenero. Mergoscia offers hospitality in rustic apartments at ‘Ca di Ciser’. It takes a good hour to walk from Mergoscia to Corippo, and if you start from the dam it’ll take an extra hour and a half. The village of Corippo clings, unchanged, to the side of the mountain, with all the houses facing the same direction; the use of natural materials blends the buildings harmoniously into their surroundings. From Corippo continue to Lavertezzo and lean over the elegant ‘Ponte dei Salti’, a medieval bridge with two arches. Next stop - azienda ‘La Ghironda’, home to a herd of black goats, a breed native to the valley. Try the cheese made from their milk and some home made honey. Keep going towards Brione, about two hours by foot. On the other side of the river at Aquino (part of Brione) there is a picture on the side of a barn. Painted in 1781, it depicts the crucifixion, with Christ flanked by the Madonna and Saint John; at his feet stand a bride and groom dressed in local costume who invoke his blessing on their marriage. It is quite common to find this sort of mural painted on the side of houses and barns, or even slabs of rock, not just in churches and chapels. Once you get to Brione you will be welcome at the rural centre of Panscera, which offers genuine local produce and organises feltmaking courses. After Brione the valley widens out and the trek continues past the picturesque villages of Gerra and Frasco before reaching Sonogno, where you can spend the night at ‘La Penagia ‘.
There’s a bus that will take you back to Gordola from Sonogno. It goes through Vogorno – where a visit to the oldest church in the valley, S. Bartolomeo (1234) is a ‘must’. If you want to try sleeping on a straw pallet, a two hour walk will take you from Vogorno to Odro where the azienda Soler will offer you this unusual experience.
Diga della Verzasca (224m.)
Corippo, Frasco, Vogorno
Lavertezzo: Ponte dei salti
Brione: Chiesa parocchiale
(13th C murals of the School of Giotto of Rimini)
Vogorno: Chiesa di San Bartolomeo (13th and 15th C murals)
Sonogno: Museum of Valle Verzasca (objects relating to mountain life) call 091 746 17 77
Variante A: Diga Verzasca - Vogorno - Ponte di Corippo (8 km / 2.5 h)
Recommended period: may - october
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Tour history (B00948)
First published: Donnerstag, 22. Februar 2007
Last updated: Mittwoch, 10. Februar 2016
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