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Sacro Monte Madonna del Sasso, Orselina
Photo: Alex Pizzera, Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Winter walk from Orselina to Tenero, along the Collina Bassa. Discovery tour through the alleys and streets of the hills above Locarno, stopping at one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city.
Distance 5.8 km
Highest point410 m
Lowest point203 m
The Collina Bassa zone is spoiled with lots of sunshine even in winter, which makes this walk a real insider tip, especially on cold days. You can either start walking directly from Locarno, or if you want to save yourself the climb to Orselina, the starting point, you can take the bus or the funicular.
The pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso is located in Orselina. It is worth a visit, because it is not only a historic and imposing building perched on a rocky outcrop above Locarno, but the view from here is also spectacular.
The trail to Tenero is mostly on asphalt, which makes it easy to follow even when the sun is not shining. On the way to Brione s/Minusio you pass the Parco di Orselina, a beautiful park where many cultural events take place in summer. Continue over the little stream Riale Rabissale and at same altitude straight on to Brione s/Minusio. From here you have a beautiful panorama of Lake Maggiore. When it gets dark, thousands of lights of the city shine and create a magical ambience.
From Moncacce begins the descent. The waterfall trail leads down to Tenero, from where you can take the train or bus back to Locarno. If you still want to walk, you can return to Locarno on a wonderful path along the lake (approx. 1.15h).
Update: December 17, 2020
Best time of year
Asphalt 44.76%Path 14.14%Road 41.09%
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Orselina, Stazione Funivia (379 m)
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Orselina, Stazione Funivia-Orselina, Albergo Orselina, Parco di Orselina-Brione sopra Minusio-Mondacce-Tenero, Chiesa-Tenero, Piazza-Tenero, Posta-Tenero, Stazione
32T 483950 5113597
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website map.geo.admin.ch offers constantly updated data.
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and waterpoof winter shoes or sturdy hiking boots
Crampons and gaiters if necessary
Warm and waterpoof clothing in multiple layers
Hat/headband, scarf, gloves
Sun and rain protection
Snacks and drinking water
Thermos flask with a hot drink
First aid kit
Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
Telescope sticks if necessary
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