Centovalli

Ticino

Centovalli (Hundred Valleys) owes its name to the countless side valleys on both sides of the central valley. Since time immemorial it has been an important transit region between Switzerland and Italy. Its natural landscape, which is of extraordinary scenic beauty, offers nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts a myriad of recreational opportunities.

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The Centovalli is a hiking paradise. It offers untouched nature, breathtaking vistas and a dense, well-groomed network of hiking trails. The many villages with primeval grottos that one encounters while traveling through the valley let one feel that ancient traditions are still alive. In each village one can make new discoveries. Verdasio, Rasa and Palagnedra are just a few of the little villages that enchant the visitor with their simple and authentic beauty.

Highlights

  • Centovallina - A scenic train ride from Locarno to Domodossola, the most romantic and comfortable way of enjoying the wild scenery and visiting the picturesque villages of this valley.
  • Dimitri Theatre and Comic museum, Verscio - This internationally renowned theatre has a rich and diverse program. Right next door to it, you will find the Comic Museum and the Theatre School of movement.
  • Regional museum, Intragna - This regional cultural museum hosts an interesting permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits featuring, among other topics, the work of local artists.
  • Bell tower, Intragna - Located in the heart of Intragna, the 65-meter high bell tower is the highest in Ticino. Completed in 1775, the tower is made of stone and houses 6 bells. Open to the public.
  • Grotti - Grab some shade and a bite to eat in the rustic outdoor “grottos” typical of Ticino. Enjoy simple yet authentic local dishes and wines in a cool and comfortable atmosphere.
  • Cable cars - The suspended cable cars Verdasio-Rasa, Verdasio-Monte Comino, and Intragna-Pila-Costa allow visitors to reach peaceful and enchanting places in just a few minutes.
  • Rasa - A tiny village built on a natural terrace and surrounded by wide pastures and dense woods, Rasa is a small jewel reachable only on foot or by cable car.
  • Church S. Michele, Palagnedra - Parish Church dating back to 1200, which preserves the 15th century frescoes by Antonio da Tradate. Church classified as national monument.

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