Rasa is a picturesque 16th century village in the Centovalli, located on a magnificent natural terrace surrounded by extensive pastures and dense woods.
Distance 12.8 km
Highest point1,643 m
Lowest point372 m
Rasa is the only car-free village in Ticino. It can only be reached by cable car from Verdasio or on foot. This mountain hike commences with a gentle climb over the neighbouring Monti hamlet and on to Termine. From here, following the signs for Pizzo Leone, the route continues with a rather steep climb. Looking down you view the elongated Lake Maggiore stretching like a fjord to the broad Magadino Plain, while looking north views couldn't be more contrasting, with deep valleys and rugged canyons shaping the picturesque Centovalli landscape. A scenic ridge path now leads the way to the Alpe di Naccio and Corona dei Pinci on a pleasant descent - and it's from here that you make your way to Porto Ronco via Porera and Non following plenty of bends. Porto Ronco is a pretty harbour village on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Just above is Ronco s/Ascona, where it is worth visiting the church of San Martino.