This area was once covered by the Lucus Magnus woods, the great sacred forest. Today, instead, it appears as a splendid mosaic of picturesque landscapes.
Against this stunning backdrop, the “cheese trail” unwinds. Through the alpages, stone roofs, granite fountains and dairies you can enjoy a reinvigorating excursion set in an unspoilt natural landscape.
The cheese trail is an itinerary which starts on top of the Lukmanier Pass. While its name hints at the presence of a large or sacred forest (lucus), the wide open clearings of today beg the question: where are the trees? The answer is that around the year 1000AD, the forest was cut down to create pasture, where the alpages were then established. The path itself, which fortunately is not particularly challenging physically, reaches, in succession, the Croce, Pertusio (a panoramic viewpoint), Casaccia, Gana, Campo Solario and Stabbio Nuovo alpages. You can then take a little time to explore the Selvasecca forest of Swiss pines, the largest Swiss pine forest south of the Alps, before arriving at the alpage of Pian Segno.