The village of Fusio is located almost at the very back of the Maggia Valley, at the point where the valley becomes Val Lavizzara. The mountain trail down to Lago di Mognola leads past waterfalls, through forests and across Alpine meadows.


Stone houses dot the village landscape in Fusio, with Ticino’s highest peaks towering all around. It takes over two hours to reach the little mountain village if you take the postal bus. The multitude of stops and narrow roads take their toll, but also transform the bus journey into an experience!

Fusio marks the starting point for a cultural hiking trail that is signposted with brown signs bearing the name “Acquedotto Canáa 2h”. It leads uphill to Lago di Mognola, which lies in a tranquil hollow, ringed by rock faces. Virtually without any change in altitude, the path takes you to the aqueducts at Cana. Even today, water still flows through this irrigation channel, restored by the Association for the Protection of the Artistic and Architectural Heritage of the Maggia Valley. After viewing this Swiss cultural monument, you descend back down to Fusio. Here, you can head to the Antica Osteria Dazio restaurant if you are hungry and indulge in the establishment’s outstanding fare, which has been distinguished by prestigious GaultMillau points. 

You can also extend this hike to take in two additional attractions:

If you opt to take a detour to the Lago del Sambuco Reservoir, you will add around an hour to your hike. The walk across the dam is breathtaking and the view below is certainly not for the faint-hearted!

Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy the 30-minute hike to the nearby village of Mogno. The Church of San Giovanni Battista, designed by Mario Botta, has a delightful, unique lighting concept. Entirely devoid of windows, the only light that penetrates the building passes through its glass roof, and the black and white pattern inside is reminiscent of an optical illusion. A church that is anything but standard.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Start Point
Bus stop Fusio, Paese
Target Point
Bus stop Fusio, Paese
Round trip
Altitude (meter above sea level)
2079 m
828 m
832 m
9 km
4 h 15 min
Technical requirements
Physical requirements
June - October
Along Water, With panoramic view


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Ticino Turismo
Via Canonico Ghiringhelli 7
Casella postale 1441
6501 Bellinzona

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Quick Facts

Route number


9 km


4 h 15 min


828 m

Travel information: Fusio