If you use the tunnel you will miss the essential point: the feeling to have truly conquered the Gotthard, this primeval massif between Northern and Southern Europe.
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.