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.

Dalpe – Piumogna

Last time we were in Dalpe (check my previous post https://inlugano.com/2020/05/27/percorso-del-monte-piottino/) we fell in love with this “Switzerland feel like” place. We came back to do some hike, any hike actually around the area. Little did we know we will discover more amazing places and guarantee we will come back for more.

From the parking lot in Dalpe you can see a huge waterfall in the distance, so we decided to go check it out. I was surprised to find out it was an upper part of the same Piumogna waterfall we visited countless time before. (check my previous posts)

can you spot the waterfall?

The sign said 20 min. to Piumogna waterfall and 45 to Piumogna. There is a Piumogna village? hmmm, this day is full of surprises. Off we go and all uphill of course.

After 10 min. you’ll find a turn towards the waterfall. From there it is only a short walk until you reach your destination.

After we had our fill we returned to the main path towards Piumogna.

After we left the woods, the path joined a dirt road and we followed the river Piumogna.

Soon we’ve reached a bridge and big parking lot in the entrance to Piumogna valley. This place is a starting point for other hikes. From there it takes only few minutes to arrive to Piumogna. The surroundings were so beautiful that we’ve decided to continue at least a little bit more.

As we continue walking we were getting closer to the mountains. There were still patches of snow on the grass. Naturally we had to touch the remaining snow. It was definitely a highlight for my four year old.

My son spotted a lot of holes in the ground. Unfortunately we have not seen any marmots.

Nor deer.

animal tracks

After lunch whole valley started to feel less wilderness-like, because suddenly it filled up with people. But anyway, still gorgeous.

PERCORSO DEL MONTE PIOTTINO

This is a great easy hike for kids. On it’s way, there are a handful of stops with interesting details about nature, architecture or history of this region.

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This trail is linear, about 6km long and you can do it from whichever direction you want. We started from Dalpe, which means almost all downhill.

At first the path crosses the greenest meadows, you can hear omnipresent cowbells ringing and it feel like you got lost in Heidi’s books.

Later you pass through Prato village with a beautiful San Giorgio church,

kiln and “roman” bridge,

or ruins of an old customhouse.

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In the end we made a little detour (we followed the “strada romana” downhill until the end) to see the Piottino gorge.

From there just follow the main road to Rodi village and take a bus back to Dalpe.