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Prato (Leventina)
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The former frontier village of Rodi is located in the Leventina at the foot of the Gotthard. The village has grown from a customs post at the northern end of the spectacular Piottino-Schlucht (gorge) to the municipal capital of Prato (Leventina).
The Valle Leventina is located on the southern flank of the Gotthardpass and is a transit valley for the Basel-Chiasso transport axis. The upper part of the valley is known as the Alta Leventina. This is separated from the rest of the valley by the narrow and sheer Piottino-Schlucht (gorge) which for a long time presented an obstacle to traffic crossing the pass. Today the gorge is negotiated with the aid of tunnels and viaducts. Rodi is at the northern end of this gorge. With the construction of the Gotthard Railway at the end of the 19th century, Rodi developed into a place to live. As the largest town, is now the centre of the municipality of Prato (Leventina).

Before the construction of the Gotthard Railway, Rodi was strongly dependent on the Piottino-Schlucht (gorge). The first path to negotiate the gorge was built in the 14th century. Later, the Römerstrasse ran from Rodi along the western flank up the Monte Piottino and then down to Prato. The «Urner Saumweg» mule track directly through the gorge was only built in the 16th century. With this came the founding of the Dazio Grande customs post, as the gorge formed the border between Swiss and Milanese sovereign territory. For a long time Rodi consisted merely of this building, which served as a transhipment point for goods, toll booth and customs post in one. The Dazio Grande is still open to visitors, with a rustic restaurant, overnight accommodation and an exhibition on the gorge. The mule track was later upgraded to a road but today's main road now runs higher up in the gorge. Nevertheless, the Römerstrasse and Urner Saumweg are still in use, mainly to explore the Piottino-Schlucht (gorge).

From Rodi, an aerial cable car travels up the west slope of the valley to an extensive hiking region, where the Lago Tremorgio (lake) is also found. This is said to have been created when a vengeful witch made the castle belonging to Duke Tremor sink into the ground. The duke was transformed into an Alpine columbine, its five-pointed calyx a reminder of the duke's crown. Since then, these flowers blossom around the mountain lake.

Highlights

  • Piottino-Schlucht (gorge) - an ancient, mule track runs through the extremely narrow gap between sheer, up to 100-metre-high rock walls.
  • Grande Dazio - the historic building was once customs post, toll booth and hostelry in one. It still welcomes guests today.
  • Lago Tremorgio - steeped in legend, the mountain lake is in the Rodi hiking region.
The former frontier village of Rodi is located in the Leventina at the foot of the Gotthard. The village has grown from a customs post at the northern end of the spectacular Piottino-Schlucht (gorge) to the municipal capital of Prato (Leventina).
The Valle Leventina is located on the southern flank of the Gotthardpass and is a transit valley for the Basel-Chiasso transport axis. The upper part of the valley is known as the Alta Leventina. This is separated from the rest of the valley by the narrow and sheer Piottino-Schlucht (gorge) which for a long time presented an obstacle to traffic crossing the pass. Today the gorge is negotiated with the aid of tunnels and viaducts. Rodi is at the northern end of this gorge. With the construction of the Gotthard Railway at the end of the 19th century, Rodi developed into a place to live. As the largest town, is now the centre of the municipality of Prato (Leventina).

Before the construction of the Gotthard Railway, Rodi was strongly dependent on the Piottino-Schlucht (gorge). The first path to negotiate the gorge was built in the 14th century. Later, the Römerstrasse ran from Rodi along the western flank up the Monte Piottino and then down to Prato. The «Urner Saumweg» mule track directly through the gorge was only built in the 16th century. With this came the founding of the Dazio Grande customs post, as the gorge formed the border between Swiss and Milanese sovereign territory. For a long time Rodi consisted merely of this building, which served as a transhipment point for goods, toll booth and customs post in one. The Dazio Grande is still open to visitors, with a rustic restaurant, overnight accommodation and an exhibition on the gorge. The mule track was later upgraded to a road but today's main road now runs higher up in the gorge. Nevertheless, the Römerstrasse and Urner Saumweg are still in use, mainly to explore the Piottino-Schlucht (gorge).

From Rodi, an aerial cable car travels up the west slope of the valley to an extensive hiking region, where the Lago Tremorgio (lake) is also found. This is said to have been created when a vengeful witch made the castle belonging to Duke Tremor sink into the ground. The duke was transformed into an Alpine columbine, its five-pointed calyx a reminder of the duke's crown. Since then, these flowers blossom around the mountain lake.

Highlights

  • Piottino-Schlucht (gorge) - an ancient, mule track runs through the extremely narrow gap between sheer, up to 100-metre-high rock walls.
  • Grande Dazio - the historic building was once customs post, toll booth and hostelry in one. It still welcomes guests today.
  • Lago Tremorgio - steeped in legend, the mountain lake is in the Rodi hiking region.

Arrival and return Rodi

Adresse

Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino Turismo
InfoPoint Leventina
Via della Stazione 22
6780 Airolo
Tel. +41 (0)91 869 15 33
leventina@bellinzonese-altoticino.ch
www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

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