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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ISOLE DI BRISSAGO

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We spent such a beautiful and relaxing day in the Brissago Island. If you have children they will have fun on the boat and on the beach and if not you can drink as many prosecco as you want on the terrace of the restaurant. Don’t forget to stroll around because the whole island is a botanical garden. Find out about the history of the island and the mansion there. It’s pretty amazing.

 

LAGHETTO DEI SALEI

If you’re already familiar with Valle Verzasca and Vallemaggia it’s time to go bit further and explore Valle Onsernone.

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This time even the drive there was definitely part of the experience. We have a two year old cablecar enthusiast at home so i always try to find a ride for him. We departed from Vergeletto-Zott with this cute little thing

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After a 7 min. drive you’re up next to the lovely Capanna Alpe Salei from 1783 where you can have lunch. (We sure did)

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Before lunch, hike up to see a beautiful alpine lake . Its 40 min. walk uphill with amazing views over the Locarno region and Lago Maggiore. From the lake the trail continues but we stop our hike there and just relaxed and enjoy the nature. ( its not easy carry a wiggly 14 kilos toddler on your back)

 

BLAUSEE

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Blausee is a small lake in Kander valley and it is probably the most photogenic lake in Switzerland.  Its a nice place to spend the morning and you can have lunch in the restaurant just next to it.

 

Go check it out if you’re in the area but I wouldn’t travel too far to see it.  If you like these blue water and you’re in the mood for some trip further away there is only one place you wanna go: https://madeinbeijing.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/sichuan-jiuzhaigou/