Hiking course: Corcapolo – Rasa – Pozzuolo – Ronco sopra Ascona
Hiking is one of my great passions: I devote any free time to exercise, nature, fresh air and exciting encounters with animals and other people. One of my favourite hiking trails leads from the Centovalli valleys and across the Centovalli mountains before heading back to Lake Maggiore.
Take the train as far as Corcapolo, where a tranquil path climbs steadily to Rasa. Alternatively, it is possible to take a cable car from Verdasio to Rasa. The last car-free village in Ticino is a good place to stop for something to eat before tackling the slight incline through neighbouring Weiler Monti to the deserted Alpstafel Termine.
Here you bear left, following the path up through extensive chestnut forests to Pozzuolo. Shortly before Pozzuolo you reach the mountain ridge; as the woods thin out, there are breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore. This is the perfect spot for that well-earned picnic. A panoramic ridgeway tracks the mountain crest in a pleasant descent to Corona dei Pinci, from where you snake down through Cassina, Purèra and Non towards Ronco. From Ronco there are plenty of buses back to Ascona. .
Where: Corcapolo, Centovalli
Getting there: From Ascona take Posta Bus no. 1 to Solduno, then train to Corcapolo (www.sbb.ch)
Time needed: Approximately 7 hours (if hiking only) Moderately difficult hike requiring good level of physical fitness.
Tip: The cable car to Rasa operates from March to mid-November
Daniele Casari, Purchasing Manager