At the Ticket Office "La Biglietteria" FART find out more about our suggestions for excursions to discover the Centovalli, Vallemaggia and Lake Maggiore. Be entranced by the natural beauty of our region. For more information, don't hesitate to contact us!
For trips on the footpaths of the region, you need equipment suitable for the mountains and remember always to take the utmost care and respect any specific signs.
Prices and timetable are subject to change. Check before the departure.
Lago Maggiore Express
The Lago Maggiore Express is the daily complete circuit of Lake Maggiore. It offers you an interesting trip by train and boat (the same trip can also be divided into two days).
It includes the following segments:
Locarno-Domodossola and vice versa with the Centovalli/Vigezzina Railway
Domodossola-Stresa or vice-versa with Italian Rail Services (Trenitalia)
Stresa-Locarno or vice versa with Lake Maggiore Navigation (Navigazione Lago Maggiore)
The route can be taken from different starting places: Locarno, Ascona, Brissago, Magadino, or from Italy (Arona, Stresa, Cannero, Valle Vigezzo and Domodossola).
Soak up the Meditteranean charm of Lake Maggiore and the valleys!
One of the striking valleys in the Locarno area, situated after the Terre di Pedemonte (which is made up of Tegna, Verscio e Cavigliano). The first village is Intragna, while the last is Camedo (part of Borgnone), on the Italian-Swiss border. In Italy the valley is called Valle Vigezzo.
The centre of the valley is Intragna, with its seventeenth century bell tower (the tallest in Ticino) which dominates the valley. It is also the home of the regional Museum of Centovalli and Pedemonte, in the sixteenth century Casa Maggetti; as well as being the historic memory of the region, it offers a variety of events, themed exhibitions and the work of local artists. It is also responsible for the restoration and utilization of artifacts of historic interest from all over the region.
In past times, the need to emigrate scattered people from the valley all over the world, where they became humble labourers in such professions as chimney sweeps, roast chestnut-sellers, grinders and above all porters at the port of Livorno. We can still see signs that bear witness to past adventures, such as heraldic crests of the Medici family in the iron on a balcony in Palagneda and the frescoes of a young Antonio da Tradate.
From the landscape point of view, the valley is surrounded by two mountain chains, the highest peaks being Gridone or Ghiridone (2188 m) to the south and Pizzo Ruscada (2044 m) to the north.
A vast network of footpaths makes the Centovalli a walker's paradise. A particular gem is Rasa, accessible only on foot or by cable-car from Verdasio, and one of the last car-free villages. An oasis of relaxing countryside.
All the settlements apart from Golino and Intragna (in the valley bottom), are on the sides of the valley, between 600 and 900 metres above sea level, in order to make the most of any hours of sunshine even in winter.
Comino - Costa - Intragna
In the heart of the Centovalli
train - cable car - walking
Unspoiled nature awaits you, thick woods and idyllic countryside. For lovers of walking, the path is demanding at times. Boots and mountain equipment is recommended. Any sunny days in spring, sum- mer or autumn is perfect to undertake a fabolous excursion to the Monte Comino, to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Valley and the Locarnese National Park Project's region. The excursion starts in Locarno with the Centovalli train to Verdasio, from where a Gondola takes you to Monte Comino. Here begins the walk on a well marked trail to the "Alpe Dröi" and "Alpe Selna", or on a mule path along the sunny slopes to Costa. Either you descend on foot, or ride on the Gondola to Intragna, back to the Centovalli Railway station. Possibilities for lunch or snacks on Monte Comino or in Costa.
March - October 2017 (Difficult excursion)
Prices valid till 31.10.2017
The first working Wednesday of every month, the service is suspended for maintenance.
Camedo - Intragna
The Market Road
train and walking
Centovalli on foot along the old route to market: unspoiled nature awaits you, thick woods and idyllic countryside.
The railway of the Centovalli takes you up through gorges and bridges to the Italian border at Camedo: an enchanting journey. On the excursion from Camedo to Intragna you'll discover the amazing, wild and romantic landscape of the Valleys of Centovalli. The walk takes you from Camedo to Borgnone and as far as Lionza, the old "Market Route", and onto a mule track which is demanding but well-signed. Going through the mountain hamlet of Verdasio, on the sunny side of Centovalli, you reach Intragna. From there the Centovalli train takes you back to Locarno. For lovers of mountain walking: the path is demanding at times. Boots and suitable mountain equipment are recommended.
January - December 2017
Prices valid till 9.12.2017
The valley of painters
You will always find what you are looking for in Valle Vigezzo: gastronomy, art and culture. The valley of painters offers you innumerable corners to discover, such as the museum of chimney sweeps, the galleries and frescoes. Don't forget to shop in the markets and enjoy a good Italian lunch.
After enjoying half an hour's trip through the picturesque Centovalli and passing through the customs post at Camedo, the Valley Vigizzo begins. Unspoiled nature, thick woods and idyllic villages characterise this stupendous Piedmonte valley, where the inventor of cologne, Gian Paolo Feminis, was born.
Experience an extraordinary day in the Valle Vigezzo by taking the Centovalli train to Re in the morning, with a visit to the impressive pilgrimage church of the "Madonna del Sangue". Continue by train to Santa Maria Maggiore, and choose between a leisurely stroll in the Pineta, a visit to the chimney sweeps' museum and the school of applied arts, or take a local bus to Craveggia, with its granite roofs and unique chimneys. Seize this opportunity to enjoy a typical, traditional lunch of local specialities in the valley of the artists.
Santa Maria Maggiore: Monday
January - December 2017
Prices valid till 9.12.2017
The tourism ticket entitles you to make a stop during the journey there, and on the way back. This offers you the possibility of visiting one of the villages of the Valle Vigezzo.
Tourist return ticket available for one journey valid 2 days as from the date of issue.
The panoramic trains - according to timetable - are liable to additional charge buyable at the SSIF stations or directly from the staff on board.
The Bavona Valley opens to the north-west of Bisnasco and Cavergno, as a deep groove in the Alpine chain, the U shape indicating its glacial origins. The valley is narrow, with rock faces falling vertically for hundreds of metres.
Landslides have distributed rubble and boulders as big as houses throughout the valley, determining the course of rivers and giving the valley its typical wild aspect.
The Bavona Valley is not inhabited all year round, (with a few exceptions): obviously the summer period is when the number of inhabitants is greatest. Although this is an area which produces a vast quantity of electricity (the hydroelectric power station and three dams), apart from in San Carlo village, there is no electricity supply. This means solar panels, gas, small water turbines, candles and other means must be used.
San Carlo is the starting point of the cable car, which after almost 1,000 metres' height difference reaches Robei (1,900 m), at the foot of the vast Basodino massif, and the well-known Basodino glacier. Many interesting excursions start from Robei: the footpath to the Cristallina Pass (2568 m), to the Basodino glacier, and those to the tarns of Nero, Bianco, Matörgn and Sfundau, not to forget the roads leading to the dams at Robiei, Zött e Cavagnoli. Another attractive but very demanding route goes through the Bocchetta di Vallemaggia (2635 m) and leads to the high Formazza Valley.
The waterfall at Foroglio, with a drop of more than 80 metres, is not to be missed. Ascending from Foroglio it is possible to reach the Calnegia Valley (the Crosa tarns and connecting to Bosco Gurin) and the "Splüia Bela", a vast slab of stone under which a refuge for people and animals was carved out. The area of Piano delle Creste is also well known, with its two Antabia mountain lakes. San Carlo - Piano delle Creste - Laghetti della Crosa - Foroglio (or vice versa) is a very popular route but which is advisable only for well prepared mountain walkers.
S.Carlo - Robiei
A walk to the foot of the Basodino glacier (Val Bavona)
In 15 min up to 1900 m at the foot off the Basodino glacier (3273 M). Alpine lakes: Lago Bianco (1 hour), Lago Sfondau (2 hours) or a nice walk to the Basodino refuge.
Information on excursions:
17.06. - 8.10.2017
****17.06. - 8.10.2017
Reduced fare: Half-Fare Travelcard, Children (6-16 years)
Sonlerto - Foroglio
Easy walk from Sonlerto to the waterfall of Foroglio (1 hour)
The Bavona Valley is a typical glacial valley, cutting a deep groove in the Alpine chain.
The most interesting aspect is presence of huge boulders the all over the valley. Rustic dwellings and stables have been integrated and sometimes carved out among the boulders. The still intact groups of dwellings found along the valley bear witness to the original life of the past and also the present.
Sonlerto was also established in this way among the rocks of a landslip. A gentle walk of an hour takes you from Sonlerto to the famous waterfalls of Foroglio, where you can try typical Ticinese specialities in a genuine "grotto" restaurant. Two hours' more walking brings you to Bignasco, or you can catch the bus in Foroglio to take you back to Locarno.
01.04. - 31.10.2017 (easy walk)
Reduced fare: Half-Fare travelcard, children (6-16 years)
One of the higher valleys of the Vallemaggia. An extensive area reaching more than 3,000 metres above sea level. Its name derives from the outcrops of sandstone which were turned to make containers to put on the fire, called "laveggi".
The municipality of Lavizzara is the largest in Canton Ticino (187 sq m), although it is also among the least populated, with less than 600 inhabitants. It offers many attractions: a welcoming valley bottom, crystal-clear streams and waterfalls, green and rocky slopes, peaks that are easy to reach and bold mountains with glorious views.
The Lavizzara valley is easily reached by public transport, and there are considerable possibilities for escursions:
Mogno, where we find the church designed by Mario Botta and dedicated to S. Giovanni Battista;
Peccia, where marble is worked; home of an important school of sculpture;
Cevio, home of the Vallemaggia museum;
Sornico, principal town of the valley, preserves some important buildings (the San Martino palace);
Val di Prato, inhabited only in summer and ideal for walking;
Brontallo, with an inhabited centre on a terrace halfway up the slope; an interesting example of "spontaneous planning";
Fusio (1281 m), from where you can reach the dam at Sambuco (1461 m), and then - still on asphalted road, as far as the dam at Naret (2310 m), where you find yourself in a typical high-mountain landscape. The dam is the starting point for well known and popular walks towards the Cristallina Pass, Robei, the Peccia Valley and the Bedretto Valley.
Culture and landscape
The best known village in the Lavizzare Valley is certainly Mogno. The world-famous architect Mario Botta designed the chuch here, dedicated to S. Giovanni Battista.
An enchanting trip as far as Fusio (1281 m), situated in a picturesque position surrounded by larch woods. A botanists' paradise and ideal starting point for multiple alpine excursions.
Typical Ticinese specialities of the area are served in the grottos and restaurants of Fusio.
01.01 - 9.12.2017
Cardada - Cimetta
An unforgettable panorama! A 360° view, from the Maggia delta, with Locarno and Ascona, to Monte Rosa.
The modern cableway with dropshaped cars runs from Orselina to Cardada. Here on the landscape promontory you gain the impression that you are suspended in midair. With a chairlift you continue from Cardada to Cimetta and from the geological observatory you get the breathing view of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding peaks. Cardada-Cimetta, just a few minutes from Locarno, offers you peace, nature and wonderful walks and excursions. The restaurants and lodges are delighted to welcome you with traditional Ticino cuisine.
Play path, Indian village, mountain bike, orienteering for adults and children, Helsana Nordic Walking Trail, paragliding.
Park at the Lido of Locarno
The number 2 bus line takes you directly to the start of the cable car at Orselina. There are also walks coinciding with the 312 bus line.