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Giro delle Rovine del Castelliere (SvizzeraMobile 637)

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  • Castelliere preistorico di Tegna
    Castelliere preistorico di Tegna
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A thrilling hike to the prehistoric Castelliere castle ruins above Tegna, with spectacular views of Lake Maggiore, the Centovalli and extending as far as Italy. Past the impressive Orrido Gorge, you follow the Maggia to Ponte Brolla.
moderate
Distance 6 km
2:20 h
460 m
440 m
529 m
254 m
From Verscio, the flagstone trail winds its way up to the Oratorio Sant'Anna. The steep path with plenty of steps is lined with gnarled chestnut trees, birch trees and old beech trees. When you arrive at the tiny 17th-century chapel, enjoy magnificent views over Lake Maggiore, the Maggia delta and the wild Centovalli.

After a short descent, a final strenuous climb takes you to the Castelliere. The prehistoric ruins, perched on a rocky plateau above the village of Tegna, are one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the Locarnese region. Recovered stone and pebble tools indicate the first human settlement dating back to the Neolithic period (5500-2200 BC). Restoration work revealed the remains of walls and impressive finds from the Roman era and the Middle Ages. The views of the Maggia and Melezza rivers and Lake Maggiore are fantastic.

The route continues down the valley in a sweeping loop. On the way down, you pass rustici and cosy grotti. The view extends over the impressive valley entrance. Deep down in the Orrido di Ponte Brolla gorge, with its finely polished granite stones and bizarre rock formations, the Maggia River rushes by. Small bays and hidden natural pools are lovely places to cool off before you reach Ponte Brolla railway station soon after.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: March 11, 2024
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
529 m
Lowest point
254 m
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Track types

Asphalt 22.43%Path 73.78%Road 3.77%
Asphalt
1.3 km
Path
4.4 km
Road
0.2 km
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Start

Ponte Brolla
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'701'496E 1'115'789N
DD
46.185916, 8.753238
DMS
46°11'09.3"N 8°45'11.7"E
UTM
32T 480956 5114734
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Destination

Verscio

Turn-by-turn directions

Ponte Brolla-Grotto America-Prati della cappella-Castelliere preistorico di Tegna-Monte Forcola-Oratorio Sant'Anna-Verscio

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Da Locarno: prendere il bus B 315 in direzione Cavergno e scendere alla fermata Ponte Brolla, Stazione.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'701'496E 1'115'789N
DD
46.185916, 8.753238
DMS
46°11'09.3"N 8°45'11.7"E
UTM
32T 480956 5114734
w3w 
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Equipment

  • 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
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
  • Maps

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  • Cardada-Cimetta-Alpe Vegnasca-Cardada
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6 km
Duration
2:20 h
Ascent
460 m
Descent
440 m
Highest point
529 m
Lowest point
254 m
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