Named after its myriad adjoining valleys, the Centovalli is the stuff of fairy-tales: rising all the way to the Italian border, the valley offers unspoilt nature and villages where ancient traditions live on. This idyllic alpine destination can be fully explored with all the family thanks to its cable cars.
The pristine and tranquil greenery of the Centovalli is dotted with tiny, sparsely populated villages nestled on the tight bends of the road that winds through the valley, or perched higher up on the mountainside and easiest reached by cable car. The Monte Comino cable car is a cheery yellow egg-shaped cable car that seats four. As you glide upwards, trees rush past below and the steepest parts of the mountain, bare rock, glisten in the morning sun. 1200 metres above sea level, this sun-drenched natural plateau is also home to a farm of woolly llamas. It offers llama trekking excursions for all the family, but be warned: kids will instantly fall in love with these cute and fluffy creatures. After saying farewell to your new furry friends, quench that post-trekking thirst at with a traditional mandarin soda at the Grotto Alla Capanna.
There's only one way – apart from on your own two feet – to reach Rasa: a five-minute cable-car ride from Verdasio. Built on a plateau 898 metres above sea level, Rasa is cluster of stone houses with undeniable charm. Here, the smells of alpine woodland mingle with floral scents from immaculately kept gardens. It's as if you've stepped back into another century, a different world: Rasa is the only village left in Ticino that is not accessible by road. There is no shortage of spots to enjoy a picnic on the grass while admiring neighbouring Monte Comino explored just hours earlier. No better place to take a well-earned break.
After all that walking, why not take a break? On the road back to Locarno, stop at Verscio: here you will find Teatro Dimitri and its eponymous drama school. A trip to the Museo Comico is a must: this comic theatre museum is home to hundreds of props, masks and Dimitri the Clown's most prized possessions. Verscio is also the place to taste the region's unique flavours of ice-cream, like farina bóna or Isabella grape. What better way to end our adventure in the Centovalli?