In 1966, thanks to the initiative and sensitivity of several promoters, aware of the risk that important testimonies documenting the valley’s past civilizations were disappearing, the Onsernone museum was founded.
Would you ever have thought that it would be in Ticino, Switzerland’s “sun lounge”, that you can visit a panoramic viewpoint right above Locarno that’s easy to reach and from where you can see the lowest point (Lago Maggiore) right up to the highest point of Switzerland (Dufour peak in Monte Rosa)?
The craftswomen who work in this centre in Sonogno process wool as shorn from the sheep, carding, spinning and dyeing it and then making it into typical rural articles, such as pullovers, cardigans and scarves.
An Alpine pass and its history – a museum at 2,100 metres above sea level. The National St Gotthard Museum tells the gripping story of humanity’s long, arduous struggle to open up and constantly improve the Gotthard Pass as a major trade and traffic route.
The Maggia Valley it's a open-air gym. Between Ponte Brolla and Naret there are dozens of places, where you can climb hundreds of climbing routes on natural wall. The 102 m high Sambuco dam, is the perfect place to train concentration, coordination and resistance.
The church of San Giovanni Battista is in the heart of Mogno (a fraction of Fusio). Built between 1992 and 1996, it was designed by Mario Botta and rises on the remains of the original 15th century church destroyed by an avalanche.
Around seven percent of Europe’s water reserves can be found in the Gotthard massif. The Furkareuss has its source here at 2640 m above sea level. The Reuss source is located in the Lago Lucendro area.
During the 19th century, Frasco was already a small but important crafts centre serving the entire valley area thanks to its brick-yards, oil mills, sawmills and a few windmills…which were all lost in the floods of 1868.
From the Alps to the palm trees, a natural connection. The river Ticino has its source next to the Nufenen Pass, south-west of the Gotthard massif, and runs through Alto Ticino and the Magadino Plain before flowing into Lago Maggiore.