2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail

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Trans Swiss Trail

Stage 28, Biasca–Bellinzona

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Trans Swiss Trail

At Biasca the valley opens out into a wide long plain: the Riviera. Here begin magnificent rambles along the banks of the Ticino, mostly through riverside forests, often also on a river barrage. At the end, Bellinzona and its three castles.
Anzonico is located on the left slope of the Leventina valley at almost 1000 m.a.s.l.. In 1667, an avalanche destroyed parts of the village, including the church. 88 people died. The village was rebuilt in a more sheltered location. From 1850 onwards, Anzonico became increasingly depopulated. Today it has only about 100 inhabitants, and various rustico houses have been converted into holiday homes. At the end of the village, the church towers over the valley. The view of the Bassa Leventina and the mountains opposite, such as Madom Gröss (2741) or Cima Bianca (2612), is fantastic. After just under an hour, you reach Cavagnano. Past the small village, the path turns into a lovely trail. If you are quiet, you might hear deer rustling in the leaves. But since they are well camouflaged, you rarely see them.

After about two hours, you reach Sobrio, the next mountain village. The Vallone gorge follows shortly afterwards, then the long descent to Pollegio, gentle at first, then steeper and steeper, over stony paths and huge rock pinnacles. Through lonely chestnut forests and down a unique exposed staircase, the old mule track arrives in Pollegio four and a half hours later. Now on the other side of the Leventina, you find yourself in front of the Ticino river. The route follows the river for a few minutes and continues towards the stage destination in Biasca, where the valley opens out into a wide, elongated plain.

The church of St. Peter and Paul towers majestically above the village centre and offers a view of the entrances to the three so-called Ambrosian valleys of Blenio, Leventina and Riviera. Built in the 11th century, it is one of the most beautiful Romanesque monuments in Switzerland. In 1513, Biasca was not spared from natural disasters either. In the Middle Ages, the town witnessed one of the most devastating landslides in the history of Switzerland: when the Monte Crenone thundered into the valley, it destroyed many houses, killed 600 people and created a dam. In 1515, it burst under the pressure of the dammed lake and caused severe damage all the way to the Magadino plain.
At Biasca the valley opens out into a wide long plain: the Riviera. Here begin magnificent rambles along the banks of the Ticino, mostly through riverside forests, often also on a river barrage. At the end, Bellinzona and its three castles.
Anzonico is located on the left slope of the Leventina valley at almost 1000 m.a.s.l.. In 1667, an avalanche destroyed parts of the village, including the church. 88 people died. The village was rebuilt in a more sheltered location. From 1850 onwards, Anzonico became increasingly depopulated. Today it has only about 100 inhabitants, and various rustico houses have been converted into holiday homes. At the end of the village, the church towers over the valley. The view of the Bassa Leventina and the mountains opposite, such as Madom Gröss (2741) or Cima Bianca (2612), is fantastic. After just under an hour, you reach Cavagnano. Past the small village, the path turns into a lovely trail. If you are quiet, you might hear deer rustling in the leaves. But since they are well camouflaged, you rarely see them.

After about two hours, you reach Sobrio, the next mountain village. The Vallone gorge follows shortly afterwards, then the long descent to Pollegio, gentle at first, then steeper and steeper, over stony paths and huge rock pinnacles. Through lonely chestnut forests and down a unique exposed staircase, the old mule track arrives in Pollegio four and a half hours later. Now on the other side of the Leventina, you find yourself in front of the Ticino river. The route follows the river for a few minutes and continues towards the stage destination in Biasca, where the valley opens out into a wide, elongated plain.

The church of St. Peter and Paul towers majestically above the village centre and offers a view of the entrances to the three so-called Ambrosian valleys of Blenio, Leventina and Riviera. Built in the 11th century, it is one of the most beautiful Romanesque monuments in Switzerland. In 1513, Biasca was not spared from natural disasters either. In the Middle Ages, the town witnessed one of the most devastating landslides in the history of Switzerland: when the Monte Crenone thundered into the valley, it destroyed many houses, killed 600 people and created a dam. In 1515, it burst under the pressure of the dammed lake and caused severe damage all the way to the Magadino plain.
25 km
120 m | 170 m
6 h 00 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Biasca
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Arrival / return travel Bellinzona
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton.
Ticino Sentieri
Via A. Giovannini 3
6710 Biasca
info@ticinosentieri.ch
www.ticinosentieri.ch

Services

Accommodation

Albergo al Giardinetto
Albergo al Giardinetto
Biasca
Ostello Cresciano
Ostello Cresciano
Cresciano
Camping Bellinzona
Camping Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Hotel Unione
Hotel Unione
Bellinzona
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Ostello per la Gioventù Bellinzona
Bellinzona
Hotel Internazionale
Hotel Internazionale
Bellinzona
Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Hotel Bellinzona Sud
Monte Carasso
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Bookable offers

2 Trans Swiss Trail: Gotthardpass & Strada Alta
2 Trans Swiss Trail: Gotthardpass & Strada Alta
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Places

Biasca
Biasca
Bellinzona
Bellinzona
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Places of interest

Church SS. Pietro and Paolo
Church SS. Pietro and Paolo
Waterfall di Santa Petronilla
Waterfall di Santa Petronilla
Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta
Monastery of Santa Maria Assunta
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
The 3 Unesco castles of Bellinzona
Teatro Sociale
Teatro Sociale
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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