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Tour description

The descent through the Leventina valley promises sheer pleasure because, instead of pedalling, you can simply freewheel down this stretch of Veloland route no. 3.

On the way, the cyclist will be treated to scenic highlights and a range of cultural attractions from across 8 centuries
On this tour, in the shortest of time spans, you’ll experience 3 worlds and 3 climate zones. From alpine coniferous forests to vineyards to Mediterranean palms. There’s a lot to discover culturally too. After about 12 kilometers you’ll pass the Dazio Grande, the old customs house where all travellers over the Gotthard used to have to pay a toll. A visit to the museum attached to the Dazio Grande is really recommended. A few kilometres further on, in Faido, there are Renaissance houses with carved decoration, then the first traditional Ticino stone houses. These are followed by modern constructions such as the imposing Biascina viaduct for the Gotthard motorway: best to make a stop here to have a good look at this. After the long descent, it’s worth stopping in Giornico with its six churches and chapels.

One of them is the church of San Nicolao, the most significant romanesque construction in the Ticino. After this short return to the romanesque, modern technology will fascinate you again: at the NEAT visitors’ centre in Pollegio, you’ll learn everything about the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the construction of the century. After Biasca you can continue along Veloland route no. 3 to Bellinzona.

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Places along the route: Airolo - Ambrì - Faido - Nivo - Giornico - Bodio - Biasca - Iragna - Lodrino - Preonzo - Castione - Bellinzona


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Tour history (B04794)

First published: Sonntag, 15. April 2012

Last updated: Dienstag, 19. April 2016

Tour published by: Presented by www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 64.8 km | Time requirement: 3¼ h
Ascent: 52 m | Descent: 963 m
Highest point: 1162 m.a.s.l.

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Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino
Sede Leventina
Via della Stazione 22
CH-6780 Airolo
Tel.: +41 (0)91 869 15 33
Fax: +41 (0)91 869 26 42
E-Mail: leventina@bellinzonese-altoticino.ch
Internet: www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch