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Sentiero etnografico Revöira (SvizzeraMobile 629)

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Water shortage in the Verzasca valley? The age-old irrigation systems at Revöira and Casa di Dentro testify to water-poor times and imaginative people. A tour of cultural interest.
moderate
Distance 8 km
3:00 h
501 m
501 m
928 m
535 m

This walk back in time starts in Lavertezzo, famous for its two-arched bridge "Ponte dei Salti". You can get there by car or bus (Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route). The ascent leads first to Sambugaro, an extensively renovated village. You continue along ancient paths used by cattle to reach the summer grazing pastures, or alps.

The footpath continues its gentle ascent through a chestnut forest, up stone steps and past ruins. Revöira is where you first come across the basins (of which there are 35 with a total capacity of some 4800 litres) used to capture and store rainwater. The groundwater was collected in cisterns using an ingenious basin system.

You then continue on to Casa di Dentro, the second summer alp: look out for various remains of this water system along the way. The descent finds you traversing the Piantagione dei Valdell nature reserve above Motta. Once on the valley floor, you follow the green river to Lavertezzo, passing a picnic chalet in Piano.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: October 11, 2023
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
928 m
Lowest point
535 m
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Track types

Asphalt 4.11%Forested/wild trail 1.57%Path 89.97%Road 4.34%
Asphalt
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
0.1 km
Path
7.2 km
Road
0.3 km
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Start

Lavertezzo, Paese (534 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'707'924E 1'124'008N
DD
46.258845, 8.838371
DMS
46°15'31.8"N 8°50'18.1"E
UTM
32T 487543 5122820
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Destination

Lavertezzo, Paese

Turn-by-turn directions

Lavertezzo, Paese-Samburgaro-Revöira-Casa di Dentro-Motta-Pianascio-Piano-Oviga-Lavertezzo, Paese

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Locarno: take the bus B 321 in the direction of Sonogno. Get off at the Lavertezzo bus stop.

Return from Lavertezzo: take the bus B321 in the direction of Locarno, Stazione. Get off at the station. Further information: www.sbb.ch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'707'924E 1'124'008N
DD
46.258845, 8.838371
DMS
46°15'31.8"N 8°50'18.1"E
UTM
32T 487543 5122820
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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

Similar routes nearby

  • Lavertezzo-Brione Verzasca
  • Vogorno-Alpe Bardughè-Vogorno
  • Brione Verzasca-Sonogno
  • Mergoscia-Alpe di Bietri-Monti di Lego-Mergoscia
  • Diga Verzasca-Mergoscia-Corippo-Lavertezzo
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
501 m
Descent
501 m
Highest point
928 m
Lowest point
535 m
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