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.
The upper Leventina region is home to rewarding hiking trails far from the 'madding crowd'. Starting at Dalpe the trail takes you through a magnificent forest, the Capanna Campo Tencia, at the foot of the wildly romantic Campo Tencia, Ticino's highest peak. The hut is ideally suited for staying overnight with the entire family: There are climbing gardens, a nearby mountain lake, and a playground in a meadow. And the mountain hut is a secret tip for gourmets: At 2,140 meters above sea level you wil find delectable Ticinese specialties such as black polenta, Pizzocheri or Torta di Pane.
The impressive lake basin of the Lago Tremorgio is the center piece of this high alpine route that starts in Alpe Pesciüm and winds up in Rodi-Fiesso. The route hugs the tree-line, sometimes passing above it, affording wonderful views of the Leventina, sometimes going below it, ging you a chance to explore the high alpine flora.
The Nufenen Pass is both Switzerland's highest pass open to motor vehicles and the starting point for a superb cycling tour that actually passes through Italy for much of the way. Well, as spectacular as the circuit is, you're still going to have to shoulder your bike for some of the stages. The Griess Pass, for example, resists all attempts to cross it in the saddle. But no matter, your extraordinary efforts will be rewarded by a peerless mountain landscape.