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The Chestnut Trail (Upper Malcantone)

Arosio - Mugena - Vezio - Fescoggia - Arosio

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The Chestnut Trail (Upper Malcantone)

Arosio - Mugena - Vezio - Fescoggia - Arosio

Published/updated on 21.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk | 12373 points
 | Tour Date: 17.12.2015

This 3.5-hour educational tour through the chestnut groves of the Ticino would probably be prettier in the summer or autumn when the trees have leaves or the chestnuts are falling, but it’s still a nice walk through the forests that can be undertaken late in the year, and still enjoy some sunshine.

The four villages on the “Sentiero del Castagno” (Arosio, Mugena, Vezio and Fescoggia) lie at the foot of the mountain range from Monte Tamaro to Monte Lema. Till about the mid-1800’s the families in this area depended on the chestnut harvest for a big part of their diet. Many families cultivated their own trees, which could produce up to 200 kg of chestnuts. For a variety of reasons including a chestnut tree “cancer”, the groves were abandoned and allowed to go wild. But through the efforts of these communities, the old traditional chestnut groves are reviving. One of the nicest of these groves is located between Mugena and Vezio along the trail, shortly after the little pond and river crossing. Also along the trail are various stations showing how the chestnuts were processed and cured.

This walk can be shortened at any time by catching the bus back from any of the four villages along the tour.

The trip up to the Upper Malcantone is an experience in itself, navigating the many hairpin turns of the steep road up from the Malcantone Valley.

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Published/updated on 21.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk | 12373 points
 | Tour Date: 17.12.2015

Route Infos

Time Required
3 hours 30 minutes
11 km
465 m
465 m
Max. Altitude
899 m
Min. Altitude
682 m
Season Start / Season End
March - December
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
Chestnut groves between Mugena and Vezio; Church of S. Michele in Arosio with its old wall paintings
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Return with Public Transport
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