Intragna – the perfect starting point for exploring the Centovallis, the mountains and lakes of the region.
From spring to autumn, Ticino offers a large number of relaxing walks along the shores of the lake, challenging alpine high-altitude trails, art and cultural hiking trails and gastronomic excursions between vineyards and alpine pastures. Snow-capped peaks, rolling hills full of vines, wild and romantic valleys and glistening lakes. Only one thing to look for in vain: boredom.
The Brissago Islands form the Botanical Garden of the Canton of Ticino. The smaller island (or Isola di Sant’Apollinare) is covered by spontaneous vegetation, mainly of insubric origin, which is left in its natural state. On the Isola Grande (or Isola di San Pancrazio), open to the public since 1950, plants of subtropical origin from the northern and southern hemispheres have been planted.
The highest church tower in Ticino
Church San Gottardo
The parish church of Intragna is one of the most popular photo motifs in the whole canton of Ticino because of its bell tower, with its 65 metres the highest in the whole canton. The church, rebuilt in 1722 and dedicated to St. Gotthard, has a baroque altar with an elegant balustrade. A fresco by G.A. Caldelli has a strong effect as an architectural “trompe doeil”.
With the Centovalli Railway
Along the valley of the hundred valleys
A journey through nostalgia and romance is offered by the Centovalli Railway from Locarno to Domodossola. Experience an extraordinary day. Choose between a hike, a visit to the idyllic villages, or enjoy a typical lunch in a grotto.
An extraordinary cable car experience awaits you in Intragna, the village with the highest bell tower in the southern canton. There is room for four people in the cabin. The middle station is in Pila, a collection of old houses and renovated ‘Rustici’ on a green terrace overlooking Intragna, the gateway to Centovalli.
In the heart of Centovalli
Already the journey with the gondola lift from Intragna to Costa is worth a trip: the spectacular view reaches up to the Maggia Delta. Then it goes uphill through woods, over many stairs and over a rock path to the clearing of Monte di Domino. As a reward there are two typical grotti with fine specialities and a gondola lift that takes tired hikers back down to the valley.