San Barnàrd church and suspension bridge

Curzútt – Ponte Tibetano di Carasc – Monte Carasso

San Bernàrd, Monte Carasso

San Bernàrd, Monte Carasso

Hängebrücke Carasc

Hängebrücke Carasc

Curzútt, Monte Carasso

Curzútt, Monte Carasso

San Bernàrd, Curzútt

San Bernàrd, Curzútt

Chiesa San Bernardo interno

Chiesa San Bernardo interno

Hängebrücke Carasc

Hängebrücke Carasc

Sementina Schlucht, Giubisaco

Sementina Schlucht, Giubisaco

Hängebrücke Carasc

Hängebrücke Carasc

Weg Richtung San Defendente

Weg Richtung San Defendente

Abstieg Richtung Sementina

Abstieg Richtung Sementina

Monte Carasso, Fortini della fame

Monte Carasso, Fortini della fame

Kirche SS. Trinità / Dufour-Verteidigungslinie

Kirche SS. Trinità / Dufour-Verteidigungslinie

Unexpected highlights in the forests above Monte Carasso: the restored Ticino village of Corte di Sotto, the Romanesque mountain village church of San Barnàrd and the vertiginous crossing of the 270-meter Carasc suspension bridge, one of Switzerland's longest Tibetan bridges.

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Technical information

Starting point:Curzútt (Corte di Sotto, Monte Carasso)
Destination:Monte Carasso
Getting to the starting point:Bus/car to Monte Carasso; midway station, Monte Carasso – Mornera cable car
Back from the destination:Bus/car to Bellinzona and Locarno
Technique:Easy
Physical fitness:Average
Difference in elevation:Ascent 270 m, descent 600 m
Hiking time:2h 40m
Season:March to November
Note:   At the cable car valley station, ask for the large key to enter San Barnàrd church.

Description

Curzútt (Corte di Sotto) lies hidden in the chestnut woods above Monte Carasso: people came here to make a living from agriculture because the Ticino plain was too wet. Nowadays there is a hostel here; the stone houses and drystone walls are always popular photography subjects. Curzútt is a midway station on the Mornera cable car line.

A second highlight is close at hand: the former (now disused) Romanesque mountain village church of San Barnàrd. Sumptuous frescoes depicting the "Madonna del Latte" adorn the squat interior of this small place of worship.

The route now climbs well over 150 m to the next highlight: the spectacular Carasc suspension bridge over the Sementina Gorge (the entire hike has signage with this name).

After passing the upland plain of San Defendente with a late mediaeval oratory, the route follows the old stone path that descends very steeply to Sementina and Monte Carasso. At the end, walkers will see the "Fortini della fame" (circular "hunger" towers) on the left, the Dufour defence line and the SS. Trinità church.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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