One generally associates Lavertezzo with the image of the stone-bridge arched over the waters of Verzasca river. Its hard to imagine that part of the valley once suffered a dry spell. Yet, the center of this itinerary is an exceptional water supply plant: built on the valleys left mountainside, on Mount Revöira and Ca d Dént, it proved to be the solution to the chronic drought afflicting the southwestern flank of mountain Föpia (2106m), above Lavertezzo.
The trail begins near the parish church of Lavertezzo and follows one of the many paths of transhumance. Going up the nucleus of Sambugaro, it leads to the maggenghi (or mounts) of Revöira and Ca d Dént. Here, on these maggenghi, in the past men and livestock spent their spring before ascending the mountain pastures of Orgnana, Cansgéll or those of Agro and Pincascia valleys during the summer. They would return in autumn, before descending the valley for the winter season.
Once in Revöira, the path first explores its nuclei, then moves towards Ca d Dént, revealing on the way some elements of the ancient water system. One may notice in particular wells and several monolithic basins in which the scarce water was collected. Finally, the path descends towards Motta - precinct of Brione Verzasca - where it meets the road open to vehicles on the valley bottom and connects to the "Sentierone" on the right river bank.
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