With Lake Maggiore at your feet, discover the highlands above Brissago. The contrast from the lake to the summit is a truly special experience.
Distance 16.2 km
Highest point1,643 m
Lowest point213 m
By bus or boat to Brissago, where the red and white tour to Pizzo Leone starts. The trail leads through the houses and streets to Gadero, where the hiking trail begins, and you enter a beautiful natural landscape. Past a few hamlets up to Alpe di Naccio, a very green and spacious alp. Traverse westwards along the ridge of Urione and climb steeply around the mountain for the last hundred metres to the summit. From Pizzo Leone you have a fantastic view over the lake and the surrounding mountains. Over the ridge of the Urione down to the Alpe di Naccio and continue in a large arc via Pozzuolo to Porera. In Pozzuolo there is a small church and not far from Porera there are the traditional grotti (typical restaurants) Da Peo and Ginestra, where you can stop for a bite to eat. Zigzag back down towards the lake, to Ronco sopra Ascona. This is where the bus leaves.
Brissago, Municipio-Cartogna-Monti di Porta-Naccio-Pizzo Leone-Naccio-Porera-Non-Ronco sopra Ascona, Posta
From Locarno train station: Take bus 316 in the direction of Brissago, Co' di Campo. Get off at Brissago, Posta.
From Ronco s. Ascona: Bus 314 direction Losone, Ponte Maggia. Change to bus 7 in the direction of Locarno, Piazza Stazione. Depending on the connection, from Ronco s. Ascona the bus goes directly to Locarno.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
Telescope sticks if necessary,
Sun and rain protection
Snacks and drinking water
First aid kit
Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
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