parco giochi pian piret

This beautiful playground with breathtaking views might be a destination itself or a great stop on the Sonvico nature trail. https://inlugano.com/2020/05/01/the-historical-sonvico-nature-trail-part-ii/

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It has all kinds of swings, climbing structures, picnic tables, water fountain and barbecue.

CASCATA DEL BOTTO (ROVIO-MELANO)

I cannot believe it took us 2 years to visit this beautiful waterfall so CLOSE to Lugano!! This hike is an instant classic and next time we have visitors I’m taking them here.

We went to see the waterfall in the afternoon after a rainy morning and it was beautiful. The forest was so green, smelled like water and the roar of the waterfall was almost scary.

 

You can visit the waterfall from Rovio or Melano (2 villages). We started in Rovio and it’s only a 10-15 min. easy walk from here. It was too short for us so we walked to Melano to check out the trail.

My recommendation would be to do the hike from Melano. It’s longer, it takes approx. 40 min., but it’s nicer. The trail leads through magical forest full of trees you don’t see very often and loads of stones covered in moss.

 

We met a local lady and she told us that in summer it is possible to swim in the little pool below the waterfall.

THE HISTORICAL SONVICO NATURE TRAIL / PART II

Last time we had to cut this hike short so this time we started from the end and finished the part we haven’t seen last time. Let me tell you, it’s so worth to do the whole hike.

As this is a circular hike we started again in Sonvico.

From there up we went to the Oratory of San Martino.

We passed the R’alboron – 500 years old tree.

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Then we reached the top with truly special atmosphere and incredible views of Lugano and I Denti della Vecchia

After we got our fill of this place we went down to Sonvico.

On the way we’ve found a most beautiful playground. I had to promise my son that we will come back. Easiest promise i’ve ever made.

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THE HISTORICAL SONVICO NATURE TRAIL / PART I

These gorgeous spring days are simply made for hiking.  Today’s itinerary is: Sentiero storico naturalistico di Sonvico. With the baby we could do only the first part of the hike but i’m telling you, we will be back.

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The route starts in the village Sonvico. The parking itself has amazing views of Lugano.

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After a short walk through the village the path leads to the woods. You descent to this magical wild garlic field next to the river. It’s hard to believe that we are only 15 min. from Lugano.

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On the  way you’ll pass old mill, washhouse and countless bridges.

Last part of this section of the hike is an old water duct.

Afterwards there is a change of scenery and you’re heading to the rural area.

Here, below the ” I denti della vecchia”, we finished our trip for today.

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This hike is absolutely suitable for kids. It’s very variable, plenty different things to see and there aren’t much up and downs.