lago tremorgio

The cablecars are finally open. This one starts in Rodi and whisks you up to lake Tremorgio just in 5 minutes.

Once up there you have several hiking options. Since this was our first time here we decided to start with an easy hike around the lake. Honestly I thought it will be bit boring just to do the circular walk but we had so much fun. As my son called it, it is a natural playground.

There was a lot of rock climbing, marmot’s holes searching, cows petting, water stream wading, snow touching,…..

We opted for the Upper circular route to get a bit of perspective but half way we joined the lower path.

Even though summer has officially started the weather up there is unpredictable. Just a friendly reminder to pack a jacket.

Just before the cable car station there is a Capanna Tremorgio with a nice view and good cook.

MONTE COMINO

In our hunt for new cablecars we discovered Monte Comino in Centovalli. The cute funicular leaves from Verdasio and it takes 6 min. to whisk you up the mountain.

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Right next to the upper station there is a great playground.

We did not anticipate how much time we would spend there, so unfortunately we could not do much hiking. We took a lovely 30 min. walk to the church of Madonna della Segna.

I recommend restaurant Alla Capanna with a killer outdoor terrace only 10 min. walk from the cablecar

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ROBIEI

Surprise, surprise! Yet another cablecar. This impressive green cable car can carry 120 people and let me tell you the views during the 15 min. ride are just incredible.

I was a little bit surprised by the “industrial” feel of the Robiei station after such a panoramic ride

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In the future we would love to do the 5 hour hike toward Basodino glacier but with 2 year old its a bit unrealistic.

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We hiked to the lake Zott / which is the starting point of the Glaciar hike/ and enjoyed the unique landscape

P.S. check the schedule of the cable car, it only goes once per hour! And hurry up, the cable car closes in the beginning of October!!

P.P.S. you can have lunch in the Robiei restaurant with a playground next to it.

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RITOM – PIORA

My search for new cablecars and funiculars for my son led us to Ritom. I have to admit its a beauty and quite interesting too, because it is super steep, it has the maximum gradient of 87,8 percent. If you go on sunday, be aware that there is a maximum capacity of 50 people, so if you don’t want to wait a long time, come early.

This said, next time we will skip the funicular and go by car. The funicular leaves you in Piotta. From there you walk on a road with quite a lot of traffic. If you’re hiking with small kids its not great.

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On the other hand if you own a mountain bike, you have to go to Ritom. Its a perfect place to bike. Next time we will drive to lago Ritom or Cadagno and from there we start many of the routes available.

We followed the yellow and had a great time on this circular route.

 

Quick recap: we started in Piotta, had lunch in Capanna Cadagno and finished back in Piotta. It took us all day because our two year old wanted to walk too, which is great, but it slows you down quite significantly. (Keep your strength because the second part is harder but so much nicer)

As a bonus we got to see marmots.

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Next time I want to sleep in on of these beautiful huts in the middle of nowhere.

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