Hiking Trail recommended route

La Via del Mercato (SvizzeraMobile 631)

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On the market route, known as the "Via del Mercato", the old mule track takes you on an exciting journey through the Centovalli.
moderate
Distance 12.2 km
4:30 h
721 m
933 m
824 m
336 m

With the Centovalli Railway to Camedo, the starting point of this historically interesting hike, which used to be an important route for transporting goods for the valley's farmers. After a few minutes, you reach the restored Borgnone Mill Park (Parco dei Mulini). Further on, in Lionza, there is Palazzo Tondü to visit, which tells of the social rise of the Tondü family (no internal visit possible). A gentle up and down through the woods to Verdasio, where the patrician houses catch the eye. On the high trail to Costa, you pass through a very varied landscape. In Costa, next to the cable car, there is the Grottino Costa Funivia restaurant. The descent to Pila and Intragna is also possible by cable car (runs March-November). In Intragna you can visit the highest bell tower in Ticino (65 m) and the Regional Museum of Centovalli and Pedemonte. The Centovalli Railway departs from here.

Attention: The Intragna-Pila-Costa cable car is closed until further notice due to renovation work. Information is available at www.ascona-locarno.com/funivia-intragna or at our Info Desks.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: November 22, 2023
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
824 m
Lowest point
336 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 19.51%Dirt road 0.69%Path 68.95%Road 10.82%
Asphalt
2.4 km
Dirt road
0.1 km
Path
8.4 km
Road
1.3 km
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Start

Camedo (543 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'690'569E 1'112'136N
DD
46.154616, 8.611024
DMS
46°09'16.6"N 8°36'39.7"E
UTM
32T 469964 5111300
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Destination

Intragna

Turn-by-turn directions

Camedo-Borgnone-Verdasio-A Slögna-Acqua Calda-Calezzo-Costa-Pila-Intragna

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Locarno railway station: Take the Centovalli Railway in the direction of Domodossola. Get off at Camedo (stop on request).

Return from Intragna: Take the Centovalli Railway in direction Locarno. Get off at Locarno railway station. Further information: www.sbb.ch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'690'569E 1'112'136N
DD
46.154616, 8.611024
DMS
46°09'16.6"N 8°36'39.7"E
UTM
32T 469964 5111300
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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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  • Monte Comino-Comologno
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.2 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
721 m
Descent
933 m
Highest point
824 m
Lowest point
336 m
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