After crossing the Maira River on the old stone bridge in Vicosoprano, take the paved road to your right until you get to a road sign. After 15 more minutes you will get to track cutting in the wood that will take you to Durbegia in less than an hour. Just before Durbegia the scenic Casaccia roads narrows to a small path. You will be able to rest and relax in a small hut there.
The path goes on through streams and woods until Parlongh, where it turns towards Stampa. You will keep to the path in the direction of Soglio. Along the way you will meet abandoned farmsteads and sheds and you will enjoy breath-taking views of the valley below with the villages of Bondo, Promontogno, Stampa and the Bregaglia mountains, with the Badile Peak and the Sciora range.
After one hour you will get to Soglio. Excavated tombs and other archeological finds prove that the area was already inhabited in prehistoric times. However the first time that Soglio is mentioned in documents is in 1219. Soglio, the most picturesque village of the Val Bregaglia, with its well preserved buildings and cobblestone alleyways, is located on a sunny terrace on the valley’s Northern slope. From Soglio you will have a breath-taking view of the majestic Val Bondasca peaks. One of the most characteristic features of the village is the tall bell tower, restored and enlarged in 1506 and 1750. Towering over the plain farmers’ houses are the palazzos of the von Salis-Soglio family, whose wealth and importance is represented in the imposing buildings: the 17th century Palazzo Salis, also called Casa Battista (now turned into a hotel). The palace was rebuilt in 1701 with a wonderful baroque garden in the back and two centenarian sequoias. Follow the path down to the village through the maze of alleways and you will get to the Palazzo Salis. The nearby Palazzo Max and other grand buildings prove the importance, wealth and influence of the family. From here continue in the direction of Castasegna along the Castagneto educational trail (castagneto.ch/percorso.htm). The chestnut embodies the story and culture of the area. To get you to know it better, an educational trail was set up in Brentan with many information panels on the animals and plants of the area, and on the different varieties of chestnuts. A model farmstead was recently restored and is still in use, allowing the visitors to learn about the drying and processing of chestnuts. Guided tours can be organized on request. The Brentan chestnut forest is one of the largest in Europe. After visiting the educational trail, continue to Castasegna proper, a border village on the slope between the Mera River and the Brentan flats.
Trail description: Chatrigna Signorell with information from viabregaglia.it
Environment, NATURA2000, Protected areas
Fauna, Natura2000 species
Rettili: Vipera aspis francisciredi
Uccelli: Tichodroma muraria, Ptyonoprogne rupestris, Libythea celtis, Regulus ignicapillus, Accipiter gentilis, Glaucidium passerinum, Tachymarptis melba, Pernis apivorus, Serinus citrinella
Riparian areas can be found in Castasegna, Soglio, Stampa, and Vicosopraano. Dry meadows can be fuond in Soglio, Stampa, and Vicosoprano. Chestnut forests are mainly situated in Castasegna (with the Brentan forest) and at Plazza, in Soglio.
Protected areas, proposed Emerald sites, Natura 2000 sites
WWF-proposed Emerald site Val Bregaglia:
Southern, almost Mediterranean wildlife characterizes the Val Bregaglia, with altitudes varying from 700 to 3300 m. The landscape is rich with chestnut woodland and dry meadows and generally high biological diversity. The site is shared by the municipalities of Bondo, Castasegna, Soglio, and Stampa. The most frequent habitats are dry meadows and wetlands.
The Val Bregaglia is an IBA (Important Bird Area), an internationally recognized stopover area for migratory birds. The identification and description of IBA’s (a BirdLife project) was instrumental in the designation of the Special Protection Areas of the EU Natura 2000 network.
WWF’s tips for hikers
Plan each stage carefully, purchase a 1:25000 map, use light but sturdy equipment (hiking boots, rain cape, binoculars…). Be sure to carry a small supply of water and food. We suggest you taste local food (possibly organic) at resting places and restaurants.
Do not litter, do not pick up flowers or rocks and in no way disturb the local fauna. It is unsafe for inexperienced hikers to leave the marked trails and it may cause disturbance to wildlife.
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Tour history (B01355)
First published: Samstag, 29. März 2008
Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014
Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by GEO-Tracks GmbH