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The fortified hills of Bellinzona

City Walking recommended route

The fortified hills of Bellinzona

City Walking · Bellinzona and Valleys
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  • The fortified hills of Bellinzona
    The fortified hills of Bellinzona
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An easy mountain footpath that follows the higher hills above the city of Bellinzona. This itinerary allows hikers to discover an area rich in the history, art and beauty of the three castles.

easy
Distance 9.8 km
3:20 h
447 m
447 m
601 m
229 m

Prada, a hamlet steeped in history and art nestling in the woods above Ravecchia, is one of Bellinzona's hidden treasures; although off the beaten track and still little known, it can be easily reached on foot taking three different routes.
From the train station, for example, you walk to Ravecchia and from Pedevilla take a steep but well kept path that has some stretches of steps. After 40 minutes you come to Scarpapè (signposted) and then the archaeological site of Prada. Abandoned during the so called "Borromeo plague" (1629-1630), the hamlet comprises around 60 remains of rustic dwellings and barns.
On leaving Prada you can then walk on to Sasso Corbaro Castle over Artore (and vice versa): just where this stretch of path begins you can make out the remains of masonry from the ancient dwellings hidden amidst the tree trunks. The site can be also reached by the path (steps) which starts at the San Giovanni hospital as well as from Scarpapè.

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Update: January 12, 2023
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
601 m
Lowest point
229 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 40.52%Forested/wild trail 6.75%Path 25.87%Road 26.26%Unknown 0.58%
Asphalt
4 km
Forested/wild trail
0.7 km
Path
2.5 km
Road
2.6 km
Unknown
0.1 km
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Tips and suggestions

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Start

Bellinzona
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'722'730E 1'117'216N
DD
46.195220, 9.028573
DMS
46°11'42.8"N 9°01'42.9"E
UTM
32T 502204 5115738
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Destination

Bellinzona

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'722'730E 1'117'216N
DD
46.195220, 9.028573
DMS
46°11'42.8"N 9°01'42.9"E
UTM
32T 502204 5115738
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Equipment

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
9.8 km
Duration
3:20 h
Ascent
447 m
Descent
447 m
Highest point
601 m
Lowest point
229 m
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