Discover the Valle Verzasca

Hiking, family trips to fairytale forests, swimming in the river, a mountain bike trail and adventures to discover the history and legends of the valley.

Ponte Dei Salti Lavertezzo Valle Verzasca 2 (© Ascona Locarno Tourism Foto Alessio Pizzicannella)

Ponte dei salti

Lavertezzo

Dating back to the 17th century and restored in 1960 after a partial collapse in 1868, this attractive stone bridge spans the Verzasca at one of its most beautiful spots. There’s a reason why it’s the most photographed place in the valley and has been given its own postage stamp.

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Alta Verzasca Bike

Lavertezzo-Sonogno

A stunning trail that snakes along the incredibly green water of the Verzasca river, surrounded by nature at its wildest and most picturesque.

Bungee Jumping Diga Verzasca Vogorno (5)

Golden Eye Bungee Jumping

Vogorno

A height of 220 m, an impressive drop and a seven and a half second free fall: these are the ingredients of James Bond’s jump that made the Contra Dam famous. Thanks to the GoldenEye bungee jump you too can feel like 007.

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The Sentierone della Valle Verzasca

Vogorno

Along the ancient mule track past chapels, bridges, waterfalls, old buildings and flower meadows, accompanied by the emerald waters of the Verzasca river. An easy itinerary with straightforward access to bus stops along the route.

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Sentiero delle Leggende

Gerra Verzasca

Follow the fox panels to learn about the fascinating legends of the Valle Verzasca, a land populated by talking animals, witches, goblins, devils and saints.

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BoBosco - Wooden marbles in the woods

Brione Verzasca

Twelve ingenious games will lead young adventurers on a journey of discovery through the Valle Verzasca between Brione and Lavertezzo. A wooden marble run that goes through the woods makes the perfect destination for a family trip thanks to its incredible mechanisms such as pulleys and water locks.

Sonogno Valle Verzasca 2 (© Ascona Locarno Tourism Foto Alessio Pizzicannella)

The settlement of Sonogno

Sonogno

Sonogno is the last village in the Valle Verzasca. It is remarkable for its rustic charm and typical stone houses with wooden balconies decorated with flowers and green gardens. The old bread oven near the square is still in use today.

Sonogno Valle Verzasca 1 (© Ascona Locarno Tourism Foto Alessio Pizzicannella)

Casa della Lana Wool Museum

Sonogno

You’ll recognise it thanks to the piles of coloured wool drying in the sun while they wait to be spun. Here at the Casa della Lana, as well as giving spinning lessons, artisans card, dye and spin sheep’s wool to make craft products.

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Museo di Val Verzasca

Sonogno

In the centre of the village, the 18th-century Casa Genardini has been home to the Valle Verzasca Museum since 1976. The permanent exhibition sheds light on the traditions and costumes of the valley’s previous inhabitants, with objects from everyday life and historically reconstructed rooms. The top floor hosts temporary exhibitions.

Corippo Valle Verzasca 3 (© Ascona Locarno Tourism Foto Alessio Pizzicannella)

The settlement of Corippo

Corippo

The second smallest village in Switzerland, Corippo has all the charm of a settlement clinging onto the mountainside. The houses, often with a single room and solid stone walls, all facing the same way, make it look unified and compact.

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Corippo’s “scattered hotel”

Corippo

For guests in search of the charm of small villages surrounded by nature, the “scattered hotel” offers holidays at a gentle pace and complete immersion in the smallest village in Ticino. Discover the delights of meeting the locals as you walk from reception to your room.

Castello Marcacci (Foto Vanesa Gorgal)

Castello Marcacci

Brione Verzasca

Often referred to as a castle, this 18th-century stately home with four towers was designed by the architect Giovanni Gada and lived in by the Marcacci, the valley’s judges. Between the 70s and 80s it was an important meeting place in the village as it was home to the inn and shop.

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Frasco Mill

Frasco

Positioned on the Riale Efra, the Frasco mill and hydraulic power station offer evidence of the village’s industrious past; in the 19th century, it was a small craft centre. The recently restored mill is now back in operation and can be visited.

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Church of San Bartolomeo

Vogorno

San Bartolomeo, a hamlet near Vogorno, is home to the oldest church in the Valle Verzasca, recorded as far back as 1234. It has been extended on many occasions over the centuries, with the addition of a portico, two side chapels and a bell tower (dating from the 17th century), and an ossuary.