74 Sentiero Verzasca
74 Sentiero Verzasca

Hiking

Sentiero Verzasca

Sentiero Verzasca

Sonogno–Locarno

Route report
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Sentiero Verzasca

Sentiero Verzasca

The Verzascatal valley is known as idyllic - and so is the trail, particularly the first section. It then leads past abandoned alps, a sign that life here was not always so idyllic. Particularly impressive: the mountain village of Corippo.
There’s no question about it: it’s well worth hiking through the Val Verzasca. It’s best to stay over night in Sonogno and savour morning peace. The crystal-clear emerald-green water, smoothly polished cliffs warmed by the sun, the scent of shrubs, risotto from the grotti by the wayside... the hike through the valley heightens all your senses. One optical highlight is undoubtedly the 17th-century Ponte dei Salti bridge spanning the Verzasca at Lavertezzo in two filigree stone arches.

But the valley has more to offer than merely an idyll. Observant hikers on the carefully-made mountain trail from Corippo to Mergoscia, will notice that a few decades ago, life in this valley was anything but idyllic. The unkempt alps on tiny terraces are evidence of the tough struggle for survival that ruled here a century ago. Thus this part of the stage is just as worthy of being under a conservation order as the mountain village of Corippo and also Mergoscia, which has become a target for holiday homes in recent years.
The Verzascatal valley is known as idyllic - and so is the trail, particularly the first section. It then leads past abandoned alps, a sign that life here was not always so idyllic. Particularly impressive: the mountain village of Corippo.
There’s no question about it: it’s well worth hiking through the Val Verzasca. It’s best to stay over night in Sonogno and savour morning peace. The crystal-clear emerald-green water, smoothly polished cliffs warmed by the sun, the scent of shrubs, risotto from the grotti by the wayside... the hike through the valley heightens all your senses. One optical highlight is undoubtedly the 17th-century Ponte dei Salti bridge spanning the Verzasca at Lavertezzo in two filigree stone arches.

But the valley has more to offer than merely an idyll. Observant hikers on the carefully-made mountain trail from Corippo to Mergoscia, will notice that a few decades ago, life in this valley was anything but idyllic. The unkempt alps on tiny terraces are evidence of the tough struggle for survival that ruled here a century ago. Thus this part of the stage is just as worthy of being under a conservation order as the mountain village of Corippo and also Mergoscia, which has become a target for holiday homes in recent years.
35 km | 2 Stages
1450 m | 2200 m
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sonogno
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Arrival / return travel Locarno
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Services

Accommodation

Capanna Monti di Lego
Capanna Monti di Lego
Mergoscia
Ostello per la Gioventù Locarno
Ostello per la Gioventù Locarno
Locarno
Hotel dell'Angelo
Hotel dell'Angelo
Locarno
H4 Hotel Arcadia
H4 Hotel Arcadia
Locarno
Casa DaVinci
Casa DaVinci
Locarno
Hotel America
Hotel America
Locarno
Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Hotel Belvedere Locarno
Locarno
Parkhotel Delta
Parkhotel Delta
Ascona
Parkhotel Emmaus
Parkhotel Emmaus
Losone
Hotel Geranio Au Lac
Hotel Geranio Au Lac
Locarno
La Palma au Lac Hotel & Spa
La Palma au Lac Hotel & Spa
Locarno
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Bookable offers

Sentiero Verzasca & Centovalli
Sentiero Verzasca & Centovalli
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Places

Sonogno
Sonogno
Lavertezzo
Lavertezzo
Locarno
Locarno
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Places of interest

Museo di Val Verzasca
Museo di Val Verzasca
With the Black Brothers in Val Verzasca
With the Black Brothers in Val Verzasca
The Ponte dei Salti in Lavertezzo
The Ponte dei Salti in Lavertezzo
Mergoscia–Corippo
Mergoscia–Corippo
The Corippo village
The Corippo village
The Verzasca dam
The Verzasca dam
Falconeria Locarno
Falconeria Locarno
Cardada Cimetta
Cardada Cimetta
The Camellia Park in Locarno
The Camellia Park in Locarno
Visconti Castle - Locarno
Visconti Castle - Locarno
Sanctuary Madonna del Sasso - Orselina
Sanctuary Madonna del Sasso - Orselina
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Swimming

Termali Salini & Spa Lido Locarno
Termali Salini & Spa Lido Locarno
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization