One of Switzerland's steepest cable cars takes visitors from Piotta to the Alp of Piora. Built in 1921 to aid in the construction of the dam, nowadays the small red cable car takes 100 visitors per hour to the beautiful hiking region surrounding the mountain lakes of the region of Ritom-Piora.
This Ticino hill landscape ranges from the Gulf of Agno on Lake Lugano to Monte Lema. Picturesque Ticinese villages, narrow mountain lanes and vast chestnut forests define the region, which is ideal for hiking and biking tours.
Up until 1,900 years ago a terrifying dragon is said to have been up to mischief in a large cave at Lake Thun. Only the wandering Irish monk Beatus succeeded in driving away the dragon. Today the marvelous grotto world can be entered without risk.