|Getting to the starting point:||Bus to Acquacalda|
|Getting to the destination:||Funicular railway from Ritom upper station|
|Season:||June till September|
The highlight at the end of this enchanting tour is a true spectacle: From Acquacalda up to the Passo del Sole and past Cadagno Hütte to Lake Ritom, it ends at the top station of the steepest funicular railway in the world.
Here adventure hungry sightseers are truly dropped down on a cable. With a breathtaking maximum gradient of 87.8 percent the bright red cable car jerks its way down to Piotta. This almost feels like freefalling – albeit in slow motion. It is not a bad idea to enjoy the panoramic views and some of the many local delicacies in one of the Piora Valley's picturesque "Grotti" – rustic mountain restaurants – or mountain huts before the ride, even if just to muster some pretended courage. Perhaps in the "Capanna Cadagno", where a wonderful brasato polenta is served, garnished with the legendary local Piora cheese that is produced nowhere else but here.
At any rate, this five-hour hike does not in the least lack exclusive features. This is already evident at the beginning of the tour, where holidays in harmony with nature are on offer in the multiple award winning "Centro Ecologico" in Acquacalda below the Lukmanier Pass.
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.