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Nice winter walk on the sunny hill Collina Alta, above Locarno. The approximately 7 km long trail from Locarno Monti to Contra is distinguished by a breathtaking panorama and is also suitable for families.
Distance 6.9 km
Highest point644 m
Lowest point398 m
This simple but enchanting winter walk starts in Locarno Monti, accessible by bus or the Orselina funicular. Those who are not afraid of the ascent can already start walking from Locarno. Before starting, it is worth taking a short detour to the pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso, which stands on a rocky outcrop in Orselina and offers a breathtaking view over Lake Maggiore. The church of Santa Trinità in Locarno Monti is also worth a visit.
But now we are really off! Up the stairs and into the chestnut forest, along the hiking trail that runs through it, you reach a little above the village of Orselina. A little further on, already in the direction of Brione s/Minusio, the route crosses Riale Rabissale and, always at about the same altitude, reaches the Cappella Rotta, an unfinished 15th century construction located above Brione s/Minusio.
Cross the picturesque Roman bridge over the Navegna stream and down to Contra, from where the bus returns to Orselina or Locarno. If you want to extend your tour, you can continue on foot down to Tenero and walk along a wonderful path along the lake back to Locarno (approx. 1.15h). A hike that is easy to follow throughout, ideal for winter, to spend the splendid sunny days in nature and enjoy the wonderful views over the lake and the surrounding mountains.