I live in the North of Italy, near the border with Switzerland. I love to cycle in Swiss territory, because their car traffic is lower than in Italy and because there are nice bicycle paths free of cars and motorbikes. In this article I'll show you a nice three-day bicycle path that I cycled last summer. Take a look after the jump!
My bicycle adventure began in Como where I took a train to the capital region of Tessin, Bellinzona. This because I know every piece of tarmac between these two cities (I love to cycle almost daily during summer, and the path between Como, Lugano and Bellinzona is one of my preferred routes!).
So I began to cycle in Bellinzona, a nice city with a UNESCO World Heritage site, the wonderful Castelgrande that you can see in the first image. On the first day I cycled directly to Locarno, a
tourist town on the shores of a beautiful lake. Before reaching it, I made a detour in the direction of the beautiful Verzasca valley. After few kilometres you can see a very high dam:
Why did I cycle to this site? Simply because I want to make a big jump from the highest European bungee jumping site, with 220 metres of free-fall, adrenaline and fun!
After the unforgettable jump (the rebounds are the funniest parts, they seem like a random and extreme roller coaster), I took a sunbath on the wonderful rocks of this valley!
In the late afternoon I arrived in Locarno and after few kilometers I reached Losone, where I found a hotel for the night! There is a nice sanctuary, worthy of being photographed. On the first day, I cycled for 61 kilometers.
On the second day, I left Losone in the morning to visit another nice valley and its little chief town: Maggia.
In mid-morning, I returned near Losone to continue in the direction of the Italian border, along the narrow street called Centovalli. In the photo below you can see the iron bridge of Intragna and details of the local railway which runs parallel to the street.
Just after the Italian border you will reach the nice little town of Re with its big sanctuary:
Again few kilometers you’ll find yourself in the little mountain village of Malesco:
After only two kilometers and sometime in the afternoon, I reached the city of Santa Maria Maggiore, famous for its museum of the chimney sweep!
After a quick stop to buy some souvenirs, I continued in the direction of Domodossola, reached after a long descent, where I found an hotel for the night. On the second day I cycled for 73 kilometers.
The next morning I walked in the city, taking some photos of nice street artists. Because the weather forecast predicted strong afternoon thunderstorms, on the third day I cycled for few kilometers, visiting only the worker’s village SISMA, which was built in the 1950s, before taking the train in Villadossola to return home.
On this day I cycled for only 12 kilometers. If you think about it, the first two stages can be thought of as routes for a one-day bicycle tour. Have fun with your bicycle!