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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MONTE VERITÁ – ASCONA

I can’t believe it took me 2 years to visit Monte Veritá. Beautiful Sunday trip 20 minutes from home. The hill above Ascona has really interesting history / It use to be Cooperative vegetarian colony, nudist colony and so much more/

Now a days there is a museum, park, Bauhaus style hotel and restaurant. Plenty to do and see

 

On the way back from the hill there is big new playground for the little ones.

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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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WATERFALL PIUMOGNA

Very easy trip from Lugano. After 45 min. we arrived to Faido, where you can park very close to the waterfall and next to the very lovely playground. Which was greatly appreciated after the car ride.

We are trying to encourage our 3 year old to walk with us all the way by himself /without our beloved Deuter carrier/ so we kept the hike sweet and short. In about 45 min. we climb up to the stone bridge  and back down through the forest. Its easy, fun and he did it without major complaining.

The best views of the waterfall are directly bellow it. There is a lovely picnic area with grills as well.

Definitely will be back in hot summer day and enjoy the pool bellow the waterfall and the cable car that leaves from the playground to Piana Selva, where is grotto with a swimming pool

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