Lucomagno. You’ve always wondered about this name and looked up its origins. It probably derives from the Latin lucus magnus or “large wood”, but it could also come from locus magnus or “large, spacious place.” What is certain is that you’ve found an unexpected (and large) piece of paradise here, at the head of the Blenio Valley. The pass leading north from Ticino was already known to the Romans and this area was even considered for building the first major Swiss railway crossing in the 19th century. However, the challenge was won by the Saint Gotthard and that allowed this area to retain its natural beauty and wealth.
Think back to when you left Olivone. The road led you to an alpine landscape, where the conifers reign supreme and nature soon began to take over. You struggled to believe there could be such a large, flat area at this altitude, almost resembling a plateau surrounded by peaks looking down on you from above.