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Moghegno and its grà

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  • Grà
    Grà
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Exciting thematic path through a typical Ticino village in the Vallemaggia, where the tradition of the grà (chestnut drying-house) is still maintained today.
easy
Distance 3.7 km
1:00 h
82 m
82 m
382 m
310 m
This interesting trail testifies to the importance of the chestnut in Ticino. In the past, the chestnut was the main foodstuff, which is why the chestnut tree was also called the bread tree. There were a lot of chestnuts between Moghegno and Lodano. To preserve the chestnuts for winter, they were dried for four weeks over the fire in the grà, a small stone cottage used to dry the chestnuts. The dry chestnuts were packed in linen sacks and beaten against a tree stump. The women of the village then freed the chestnuts from the broken shells and processed them further into flour, depending on what was needed. The path winds through the narrow streets of Moghegno, a village with a still very rural appearance. Many of these houses date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and in 1994 the remains of a Roman cemetery were excavated here. An exciting journey into the past to learn more about the people of this valley and their traditions.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
382 m
Lowest point
310 m
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Track types

Asphalt 17.68%Forested/wild trail 38.73%Path 2.87%Road 40.70%
Asphalt
0.7 km
Forested/wild trail
1.4 km
Path
0.1 km
Road
1.5 km
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Start

Moghegno
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'698'398E 1'121'743N
DD
46.239929, 8.714377
DMS
46°14'23.7"N 8°42'51.8"E
UTM
32T 477979 5120745
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Destination

Moghegno

Turn-by-turn directions

Village tour

Public transport

From Locarno railway station: take the bus B 315 in the direction of Cavergno. Get off at the Aurigeno-Moghegno bus stop.

Return from Moghegno: take the bus B 315 in the direction of Locarno, Stazione. Get off at the station. Further information: www.sbb.ch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'698'398E 1'121'743N
DD
46.239929, 8.714377
DMS
46°14'23.7"N 8°42'51.8"E
UTM
32T 477979 5120745
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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

Similar routes nearby

  • Itineraries to Listen To - La Vallemaggia
  • Lodano Cultural and Natural History Trail
  • On the traces of Mr. Geiser
  • Maggia Valley: Someo-Lodano-Maggia-Someo
  • The path of the three rivers
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.7 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
82 m
Descent
82 m
Highest point
382 m
Lowest point
310 m
Round trip Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip

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