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near Cormanicc, Cantone Ticino (Switzerland)
Circular snowshoe hike from/to Cardada over Cimetta with wonderful panoramic views of Lago Maggiore lake and the Alps, including a view of Switzerland´s lowest point (193 m) and the highest point (4 634 m).
The trail is marked as ´Percorso Cardada-Cimetta 954´.
As its part over Capanna Cardada - Capanna Lo Stallone is perfectly prepared, it can also be used as a pleasant downhill walk from Cimetta to Cardada, i.e. without showshoes.
In case, you would like to enjoy the luxury of winter and "summer" on the same day, I highly recommend to visit Locarno - or Ascona - directly after your snowshoe hike :-)
A wonderful 360-degrees panoramic vista offers - additionally - a unique view of Switzerland´s lowest point (193m) in the Maggia delta between Locarno and Ascona, and the highest point, Dufourspitze (4 634 m) in the Monte Rosa massif.
Further, so called ´linea insubrica´ can be seen, the dividing line between the northern and southern part of the Alps.
´Passarelle´ is a landscaped suspension bridge rooted in the forest below. At its end, a viewing platform is suspended in the empty space, offering a 180-degree view of Lago Maggiore lake, the Alps, and the nearby Centovalli and Maggia valleys.
The sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso in Orselina above Locarno is the most popular pilgrimage site in Italian-speaking Switzerland. It is situated on the Way of St. James, 2 500 km from Santiago de Compostela.
The foundation goes back to an apparition of Our Lady that the Franciscan friar Bartolomeo d'Ivrea had during an August night in 1480. The sanctuary is rooted in the ancient tradition of votive gifts, and is known for its furnishings and rich decorations.
A "balcony platform" offers a sunlit view of Locarno, the lake, and the Alps.
Madonna del Sasso with Via Crucis
Piazza Grande is Locarno´s car-free town centre where open-air events take place, e.g. Moon and Stars music festival in July, and the Locarno Festival in August, one of the most important film festivals in the world.
The Castello Visconteo castle was built from the 12th century onwards, probably as the residence of the emperor-loyal Capitanei Orelli.
The majority of the preserved structures date back to the building activities in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Rivellino bulwark located northeast of the castle complex and built between 1499 and 1512 might be based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci.
Today, only about a fifth of the original castle remains.
The Castello Visconteo houses Locarno´s museum with its archaeological collection.