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Via della pietra - The nature of stone

Hiking Trail

Via della pietra - The nature of stone

Hiking Trail · Bellinzona and Valleys
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  • Via della pietra - The nature of stone
    Via della pietra - The nature of stone
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The stone is the base element of every natural environment, on which the biodiversity develops. Discover the many aspects of the nature of stone, its importance in the landscape shaping, its interactions with living organisms and Man. 

 

Distance 27.8 km
8:20 h
805 m
752 m
808 m
237 m

Between Castione and Biasca, this itinerary allows discovering some of the most remarkable natural sites of the Riviera. If you want to stay on the valley floor, it is easily feasible with the bike in about 1h15. The walking path between Claro and Osogna – 11 km achievable in 4h30 – is particularly adequate for discovering the lowest “monti” of the left side of the valley, with their view on the valley, and the spectacular landforms shaped by the waters of the Boggera (Valle di Cresciano) and Nala (Val d’Osogna) streams.

 The territory of the Via della Pietra, including the whole Riviera, the lower parts of Leventina and Blenio valleys and the northern part of Bellinzona region, is double-stranded with the stone, both under its purely naturalistic sense and in terms of historical and social aspects related with this natural resource.

From an exclusively geological point of view, we are indeed in the deepest core of the Alps. The stone marked profoundly this territory since the Prehistory; it is located since the late Middle Ages along the “Via delle Genti” and is connoted by its linkage with the building stone since the modern era. Considering the volume of quarried material, the Riviera is today the most important extraction region for natural stone in Switzerland.

With the construction of the Gotthard railway at the end of the nineteenth century, the natural stone of the Riviera has spread throughout Switzerland. Throughout the country, monuments and public buildings – especially railway stations, banks and administrative buildings – were built and decorated with Riviera gneisses or Castione marbles. The Riviera stone has also crossed oceans, steppes and deserts. Indeed, we can find it for example in New York, in Moscow, in Saudi Arabia or also in the almost inaccessible Kazakhstan and as well in many European countries.

 

La Via della Pietra: all the details, the routes descriptions and the insights related to this itinerary: www.viadellapietra.ch

Author’s recommendation

To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website map.geo.admin.ch offers constantly updated data.

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Bellinzona e Valli Turismo 
Update: December 21, 2022
Highest point
808 m
Lowest point
237 m

Track types

Asphalt 23.60%Forested/wild trail 16.53%Path 41.80%Road 17.85%Unknown 0.19%
Asphalt
6.6 km
Forested/wild trail
4.6 km
Path
11.6 km
Road
5 km
Unknown
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Villa del Gusto (Bike friendly)
Marchè Bellinzona Sud (Bike friendly)
Hotel Bellinzona Sud (Bike friendly)
Hotel Unione (Bike friendly)
Hotel & SPA Internazionale (Bike friendly)
Camping Bellinzona (Bike friendly)
Ostello Montebello (Bike friendly)
Hotel della Posta (Bike friendly)
B&B Il Calicanto (Bike Friendly)
Al Giardinetto (Bike friendly)
B&B Villa Ricordo (Bike friendly)
Grotto Canvett

Tips and suggestions

Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute: www.montagnepulite.ch

 

Learn about the other two routes of the La Via della Pietra project:

  • Living with the stone: path in Blenio Valley, preferably to be walked by foot (13 km, 4h30), is a circular route among historical monuments, traditional vineyards and rupestrian archaeology.
  • Working the stone: throughout the lower Leventina Valley and part of the right side of the Riviera.

Start

FFS Castione-Arbedo
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'723'673E 1'120'574N
DD
46.225246, 9.041673
DMS
46°13'30.9"N 9°02'30.0"E
UTM
32T 503213 5119075
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Destination

SBB station Biasca

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'723'673E 1'120'574N
DD
46.225246, 9.041673
DMS
46°13'30.9"N 9°02'30.0"E
UTM
32T 503213 5119075
w3w 
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Equipment

  •  Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera

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Distance
27.8 km
Duration
8:20 h
Ascent
805 m
Descent
752 m
Highest point
808 m
Lowest point
237 m
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