Church of San Barnàrd and suspension bridge
Distance 7 km
Duration 3 h
Ascent 373 m
Unexpected highlights in the mountains above Monte Carasso await you on this impressive circular hike.
Curzútt (Corte di Sotto), whose inhabitants previously made a living from farming because the Ticino plain was too damp, lies tucked away in the chestnut forests above Monte Carasso. Nowadays, it is home to a hostel. Stone houses and dry stone walls still prove popular subjects for photos. Curzútt is an intermediate station of the cable car to Mornera.
The secluded former Romanesque mountain village church of San Barnàrd is a second nearby highlight. The interior of this small place of worship is decorated with numerous frescoes depicting the Virgin Mary as a nursing mother.
The entire hike is signposted with the name Sementina. From the church, you embark on a 150-metre ascent to the next highlight, the spectacular Carasc suspension bridge, which spans the impassable Sementina Valley high above Bellinzona. Measuring 270 metres in length and 130 metres in height, the bridge is Switzerland’s longest Tibetan suspension bridge. The bridge connects Curzútt S. Bernardo with Via delle Vigne.
Then the descent begins, taking you along the steep old stone path past the San Defendente plateau with its late Medieval oratory and on towards Sementina and Monte Carasso. The final highlights of this route include on the left the “Fortini della fame” round towers, the Dufour defensive line and the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
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
Corte di Sotte
Monte Carasso (funivia)
Curzútt/S. Barnard middle cable car station
Bus stop Monte Carasso, Cunvént
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March - November
Over a suspension bridge, With panoramic view