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Selvatica, Valle Verzasca
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A round walk above Lake Vogorno to Monti di Motti. The walk starts and ends at the dam, which can be reached by car or bus (stop: "Diga Verzasca").
Distance 9.3 km
Highest point1,067 m
Lowest point473 m
This delightful mountain tour starts at Switzerland's most famous dam, which played a starring role alongside James Bond due to his spectacular bungee jump (lesser mortals can copy him April-October). The route starts by following an asphalt and gravel lane, then a moderate red-white footpath.
Miescio is reached in less than an hour: a bench is provided at a vantage point for anyone needing a rest. Pass amongst the stone houses then zigzag up to the Monti di Metri and along a gravel road to Monti di Motti, the highest point of this tour. The 600-metre elevation gain is rewarded with panoramic views over Lake Maggiore, and the local osteria serves food and drink. The highlight is the little mountain lake with a pedalo.
The descent is very gentle, passing through Corte di Sopra and Lignasca, after which it zigzags steeply down to Fontöbbia: here, you return to the dam or take the bus (Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route) from Berzona.