Every summer, I go on a bicycle tour across Europe. I traveled between the Italian and Swiss border this year, combining my bicycle adventure with one of the most adrenaline-charged sports: bungee jumping.
This year, I went on a three-day bicycle adventure near the border between Switzerland and Italy. I live in the north of Italy, so I didn’t need to make long journeys by train or car to reach the starting place of the first stage. I hopped on my bicycle, as usual, and took with me a wonderful Sprocket Rocket camera.
Stage 1: From Como to Losone (August 22, 2013)
I took a train in the morning to reach Bellinzona (the capital of Canton Tessin in the southern region of Switzerland). This city has a wonderful castle, the Castel Grande, which you can see in the first photo. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site! From Bellinzona, I cycled directly to Locarno. A few kilometers before reaching this town, I made a detour to visit the wonderful Verzasca valley. An ascent led me in front of a very high dam, which you can see here.
Here’s a panorama taken from the dam.
Infected by the smiles and satisfaction of the people who bungee jumped here, I decided to jump, too! But before that, I took some photos showing this great sport! This is the highest bungee jump site in Europe at the height of 220 meters!
I wrote the story about my jump in a previous article. You can see the certificate that I received below!
Just after noon, I continued cycling along this valley, taking some photos in the small town of Vogorno and Lavertezzo.
In mid-afternoon, I decided to return to Locarno. After a few kilometers, I reached Losone where I found a hotel for the night. This day I cycled a distance of 61 km.
Stage 2: From Losone to Domodossola (August 23, 2013)
The second valley that I visited during my bicycle tour was Val Maggia. An easy ascent beginning at Ponte Brolla (see image above) led me to the beautiful town of Maggia that you can see in the photo below.
After a short break, I returned to Ponte Brolla toward the Italian border. I took some photos of the old rail bridge of Intragna, which is still in use.
This is another place where you can do bungee jumping (this is 75 meters high); in fact, this is the oldest place in Switzerland where one can jump from once or twice a month!
The valley that leads to Italy called Centovalli, has many Crotti (“natural refrigerators”) which Tessin restaurants serving delicious food typically have. Below you can see one of these.
After having lunch here, I continued my ascent along a narrow street parallel to the railway that was built on high stone bridges!
When I arrived in Italy, I took a short break in the small town of Re, which is famous for its Sanctuary.
After a few kilometers, I reached the mountain village of Malesco, where I took a break and had ice cream in the middle of the afternoon.
Three more kilometers and I reached the tourist town of Santa Maria Maggiore.
In the late afternoon, I decided to make a long descent to Domodossola, where I stopped for the night. I didn’t stay in Santa Maria Maggiore because of the bad weather forecast saying that there was a high chance of raining. I didn’t like making a long descent on a busy street under the rain! I cycled for 73 km.
Stage 3: from Domodossola to Como
It was cloudy in the morning and the weather forecast said that it will rain heavily in the early afternoon. So on this day I rode for only 12 km on my bicycle and visited only the traditional worker village in Villadossola known as Villaggio SISMA, built just before the Second World War to provide houses to the workers of the local metallurgy industry.
Before taking the train and returning home, and just before it rained, I took the the last two photos of the pretty Romanic church in Villadossola.
All these photos were developed and scanned by the excellent LomoLab service in Wien!
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