Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom

Acquacalda - Ritom

Val Piora with its 28 mountain lakes is considered one of the most beautiful regions of Ticino and is known for its wealth of fauna and flora. On the tour from Acquacalda over the Passo del Sole to Lake Ritom you experience a natural paradise in all its diversity.

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Technical information

Starting point:Acquacalda
Getting to the starting point:Bus to Acquacalda
Getting to the destination:Funicular railway from Ritom upper station
Physical fitness:difficult
Hiking time:5h10
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.

Tour Overview

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There and back

Arriving: Post bus to Acquacalda
Returning: Funicular railway from Ritom mountain station

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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Combined offer: journey using public transport and leisure offer (also for existing tickets) to Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom

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