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Monti di Caviano
Photo: Nick Nussbaum, Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Day tour along the border with Italy. Beautiful landscapes and panoramas lead through Gambarogno, the sun kissed lakeside of Lake Maggiore in summer.
Distance 11 km
Highest point1,595 m
Lowest point207 m
Ranzo is located directly on the lake and can be reached by train. The red and white hike leads steeply uphill via Sant' Abbondio, known for its crusty sourdough bread. A beautiful stream flows through the valley, giving it its mystical charm. After the Monti di Sant’ Abbondio and Alpe Tempelina, the altitude on Monte Covreto is reached. Along the Italian border, the route descends to Sasso Torricello. Into the forest, to the next destination, Alpetto Caviano, where the refuge of the same name is located. A small unattended hut (June - October), equipped with kitchen and WC, which invites you to stay with its cosiness and panorama. The steep descent along the mule track leads to Cento Campi, where you can still marvel an original example of the impressive construction of thatched roofs. Now it's down to the lake to Dirinella, from where the bus departs.
Ranzo-Monti di Sant'Abbondio-Alpe Tempelina-Covreto-Alpetto Caviano-Monti di Caviano-Dirinella
From Locarno train station: Take the S20 in the direction of Castione-Arbedo. Get off at Cadenzzo. Continue with bus 350 in the direction of Dirinella. Get off at Ranzo, Paese. From Cadenazzo, depending on the connection, it is possible to continue with train S30 towards Ranzo-S. Abbondio.
From Dirinella: Take bus 350 in the direction of S. Antonino, Centri Commerciali. In Cadenazzo change to the S20 in the direction of Locarno. Alternatively, take bus 350 to Magadino and continue by boat to Locarno.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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
Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
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