Village of Lavertezzo from the bridge slightly South of the Bus Stop
The famous Ponte dei Salti (Bridge of Jumps)
A vertical rock-cut basin created by the waters swirling a stone inside the rock (at Poss)
Grotto al Bivio, very nice place to eat
Across the roofs of San Bartolomeo
Lake Vogorno, looking South
Across the rooftops near Vogorno
Looking North along Lake Vogorno over the roofs of Berzona
On the other side of the lake is Mergoscia, high up on the hillside
Verzasca Dam, on the far side. In the middle is the set-up for Bungee Jumping
Lavertezzo - Ponte di Corippo - San Bartolomeo - Vogorno - Berzona - Diga Verzasca
Published/updated on 11.04.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 27362 points | Date of Tour: 13.09.2017
Most hiking websites will describe the relatively easy walk along the Verzasca River from Sonogno to Lavertezzo, or the more challenging ascent from Lavertezzo to Mergoscia on the West side of Lake Vogorno, but there is also an interesting and exciting although not difficult hike on the East (street) side of the lake as well.
This trail from Lavertezzo to the Contra Dam offers loads of variety: Lots of forest trail of course, but also a crossing of the river, lunch at a Grotto, passages of several pretty communities, and a short section along some cliffs requiring handholds. And of course lots of views of Lake Vogorno and the magnificent Ticino Mountains and of the villages on the West side.
The tour is complemented by detours to the river to see an unusual vertical rock-cut basin, and a less accessible hamlet of modern Rustici homes, and last but certainly not least a walk across the magnificent dam, where brave individuals can try their hand at James Bond bungee jumping. (The dam was featured in the introductory minutes of the movie Golden Eye.)
Grotto al Bivio in Corippo / Berzona / Possibly in the other villages
Things to Note
The crossing of the area with the cliffs is not difficult as there are cables to hold where necessary. But it can be slippery when wet, so walk carefully // Buses don't run often in the Verzasca Valley, so check schedules carefully. // The grotto opens after Easter, till approx. November. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
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