The exciting hike on the ”Via delle Vose”, the old market path of the Onsernone Valley. Red and white linear tour where culture meets wild landscape.
Distance 6 km
Highest point683 m
Lowest point337 m
By bus to Loco, where the ”Via delle Vose” starts. The old mule track used to be used by the inhabitants of the valley to import and export various goods from the port in Ascona or the market in Locarno. Before setting off, it is possible to visit the Museum of the Onsernone Valley in Loco. The trail leads to the hamlet of Niva, where terraced vineyards could and still can be seen both in the past and present, and organic wine is produced. Cross the river Isorno and continue to the next hamlet, Vosa. The last climb before descending to Pila. A characteristic village with a wonderful view over the Centovalli and Lake Maggiore. The descent to Intragna can be made on foot or by cable car (runs March-November). Intragna is home to the highest bell tower (65 m) in Ticino and the Centovalli and Pedemonte Regional Museum. The Centovalli Railway (Locarno-Domodossola) and the Valle Onsernone bus run 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.
Best time of year
Asphalt 3.34%Path 94.60%Road 2.04%
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Loco (681 m)
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From Locarno railway station: Take the bus B 324 in direction Spruga. Get off at Loco.
Return from Intragna: Take the Centovalli Railway in direction Locarno. Get off at Locarno railway station. Or take the Valle Onsernone bus back to Loco. Further information: www.sbb.ch
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website map.geo.admin.ch offers constantly updated data.
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers