Ticino region trip report March 31 - April 2

Ticino region trip report March 31 - April 2

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Lucas
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Apr 6, 2018 - 7:11 PM in reply to Wandermann

Thanks. I'm sure you'll have a great trip!

spaulus69
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Apr 11, 2018 - 4:37 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you for your post, gives me some ideas on what to do while there in September.

Steve

Cadeby
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Apr 12, 2018 - 1:14 PM

We're visiting friends who live in Cavergno for 4 days in July, at the end of a two week Swiss exploration. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Ticino differs from the rest of Switzerland, given it's italian influence. We hope to visit the Valle Verzasca as you did, and also do this hike in the Valle Bavona which looks amazing :

www.ticinotopten.ch/en /trekking/bavona-valley

Thanks for posting about your trip. The grey skies and mist add atmosphere to your bridge and Corippo photos.

Helen x

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Lucas
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Apr 12, 2018 - 5:19 PM in reply to Cadeby

Yes, the stone village was great in the mist!

That hike looks great! Ticino is so different from the rest of Switzerland it should be on everyone's must-see list (especially if your European trip doesn't include any time in rural Italy).

Adelaidean
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Apr 22, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The Ticino really looks interesting. It was on my wishlist for next years' trip, but I had to choose between 'Italian' lakeside or 'French' lakeside and routing works better with the latter. So much variety, quiet hamlets, sophisticated cities, mountains, ... definitely visiting one day. Was glad you added photos. Thanks for sharing another region with us.

BarSal
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Apr 24, 2018 - 7:02 AM

Thx Lucas ... inspiration for local sightseeing. Based on Rockoyster's travel report I have booked 5 nights in Lugano (in early September) - arriving on the Bernina Express from Chur and departing on the Gotthelf Express for Lucerne.

rockoyster
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Apr 24, 2018 - 9:28 AM in reply to BarSal

Hi Sally,

Gotthelf was a Swiss novelist. I didn't know he was into trains at all, let alone express ones.

Sorry . . . . can't resist being a smartarse. 🤓

BarSal
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Apr 25, 2018 - 5:20 AM in reply to rockoyster

Do you know why it changed from William Tell to Gotthelf and why was 'Gotthelf' significant. A link will do. I googled it and came up with nothing. (I enjoy trivia).

On something far less trivial ... how far out can I reserve seats on the Bernina Express - just the actual seat reservations. Chur to Lugano (via Tirano) departing at 08:32 gets me bookings (don't need that - have a pass that I need to upgrade at sometime before we board) .. what is the best link for seat reservations and how far out can I book? Planing to travel Saturday 8th September.

rockoyster
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Apr 25, 2018 - 5:35 AM in reply to BarSal

It's the Gotthard (after the tunnel) not Gotthelf. I was just being cheeky. 😇

You can book BEX usually 90 days out from travel. Book here www.rhb.ch/en/panorami c-trains/bernina-express#info. Part way through the process you get to nominate what sort of travel pass you have and price is adjusted accordingly. You will end up just paying for seat reaservation.

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BarSal
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Apr 26, 2018 - 3:25 AM in reply to rockoyster

Haha ... come in spinner (date appropriate). Explains why my Google search returned zero. Dah!

The Saint-Gotthard Massif is a mountain range in the Alps in Switzerland, located at the border of four cantons: Valais, Ticino, Uri and Graubünden. The Gotthard Pass (at 2,106m) traverses the Saint-Gotthard Massif and connects northern and southern Switzerland. There are three major traffic tunnels, each being the world's longest at the time of their construction: the Gotthard Rail Tunnel (1882), the Gotthard Road Tunnel (1980) and the Gotthard Base Tunnel (2016).

The Gotthard Pass is quoted in the Annales Stradenses (13th century), a guide for pilgrims who wanted to reach Rome or the Holy Land.

The massif is believed to be named after Gotthard of Hildesheim – born in Bavaria in 960, died 1038 and canonized in 1131.

Thx for the link to RhB ... I'll give it a go. SBB would only allow booking 30 days out.

rockoyster
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May 6, 2018 - 7:34 AM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Is it possible to reserve seats on the Centovalli Express? I thought not and that you just padi a small supplement onboard but just noticed that the SBB Timetable show an R next to the train.

Lucas
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May 6, 2018 - 1:39 PM in reply to rockoyster

As I am aware it is possible yes. It seemed to my only through SBB though!

I tried to reserve in person in Domodossola and the guy (not speaking English or German) shook his head and waved me away. :)

traceyt
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May 13, 2018 - 2:36 AM

Hello - we are looking to do a day trip from Zurich down to Valle Versazca. Worth it just for the day? Recommendations on where to go exactly once we get there via train. From what I can, it looks like we would take train to Locarno? Anywhere to rent bikes? Thank you very much.

Lucas
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May 13, 2018 - 4:29 PM in reply to traceyt

Hi TraceeyT and welcome to MySwissAlps!

It is a bit tricky as a day trip from Zurich - about 3 hours one-way. The end bus stop is Cirippo, Bivio which you can input on the timetable. The quickest option is via Bellinzona and Tenero.

Locarno I'm sure has bike rentals but I don't know specifically - a Google search brought up a few options.

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rockoyster
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May 24, 2018 - 11:01 AM
Lucas
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May 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM in reply to rockoyster

Those stone villages are awesome

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