Hiking & nature

“Alpe Veglia” Flower Trail

The themed trail in the most northerly nature reserve of the Piedmont (12.3 km, 4 hours)

Thanks to the diverse flora in this region of the Piedmont, you will encounter every conceivable shade of colour on this trail from Alpe Ciamporino to San Domenico. Luminous orange-red flowers, bright green shrubs and lemon-yellow natural beauties whose particular characteristics you can learn about thanks to the information plaques by the wayside.

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Hiking trail

From Campione, the Flower Trail (F50) takes you to Balma, the gateway to Alpe Veglia. Along the way, information plaques provide interesting information about the local flora.

Together with Alpe Devero, Alpe Veglia forms a nature reserve nearly 9 hectares in size. It is the most northerly reserve in the Piedmont. Two large glacial valleys form a natural protection zone amidst the craggy peaks and deep ravines. The abundant flora, with larch forests and fragrant Alpine meadows, surround the trail. With a little luck, you can see Alpine ibexes, chamois and golden eagles.

From Balma, you follow the trail to Cornù, the main town of the uplands plain. Treat yourself to a break at one of the inns and enjoy a helping of polenta with cheese or meat. Your journey then continues on Trail F10 to the lime kiln and waterfall at Rio Frua. A mule track leads downhill to the bridge over the Cairasca mountain river, and from here to Casa del Parco-Porteia. The information hut offers dairy products to purchase, as well as glasses of cool lemonade for thirsty hikers.

Lastly, you follow the road to the “Cappella del Groppallo” and follow it on its steep descent until reaching the path leading back to Ponte Campo. From here, an asphalt road leads you back to San Domenico. 

 

Key figures

Route Campione–Balma–Cornù–Ponte Campo–San Domenico
Distance 12.3 km
Elevation difference  Ascent: 378 m / descent: 902 m 
Walking time 4 hours 
Difficulty level  Medium difficulty. This walk includes some exposed sections where chains have been installed. Not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo.

Availability Today (Wednesday) open

Sesselbahnen San Domenico – Alpe Ciamporino

3. Juli bis 25. Juli 2021: Samstag und Sonntag
26. Juli bis 29. August 2021: täglich
30. August bis 19. September 2021: Samstag und Sonntag

08:30 bis 17:30 Uhr

 

Änderungen vorbehalten.

Price

San Domenico-Alpe Ciamporino chairlift, one way

  • € 10.00 Erwachsene
  • € 8.00 Erwachsene ab 60 Jahre
  • € 8.00 Kinder 5 bis 14.99 Jahre

 

Preise in €, inkl. MwSt. / Preis- und Produktänderungen bleiben vorbehalten

Hotel packages

Gourmet package

  • 2 or 4 nights for 2 people in a deluxe room or a suite with balcony and panoramic view at Hotel La Vetta****
  • breakfast with selected local products at the Terrarossa Restaurant
  • 1 gourmet dinner for 2 people at the exclusive Stube (drinks not included) 

from € 320.00 for 2 persons for 2 nights
from € 544.00 for 2 persons for 4 nights

Book directly at Hotel La Vetta 

Food Experience package

  • 4 nights for 2 people in a deluxe room or Suite with balcony and panoramic view at Hotel La Vetta****
  • Breakfast with selected local products at the Terrarossa Restaurant
  • 1 dinner for 2 persons in the typical Racletteria (drinks not included)
  • 1 dinner for 2 people at the Terrarossa Restaurant (drinks not included)
  • 1 dinner for 2 in the warm and welcoming Stube (drinks not included)

from € 672.00 for 2 persons for 4 nights

Book directly at Hotel La Vetta 

Hiking package

  • 2 or 4 nights for 2 people in a deluxe room or suite with balcony and panoramic view at Hotel La Vetta****
  • breakfast with selected local products at the Terrarossa Restaurant
  • 1 or 2 guided excursions for 2 people

from € 296.00 for 2 persons for 2 nights
from € 592.00 for 2 persons for 4 nights

Book directly at Hotel La Vetta 

How to get there

Take the RegioExpress Lötschberger to Varzo. From there, a 30-minute bus ride takes you to San Domenico, paese. The bus stop is located on the Piazza Stazione, directly in front of the Varzo Railway Station. In San Domenico paese, a few minutes’ walk following the signposts will bring you to the valley station of the San Domenico Ski chairlift. This will carry you in comfort up to Alpe Ciamporino, the starting point of your walk.

Timetable recommendation

Journey there

Departure Bern  07.39
Arrival Varzo 09.41
Departure Varzo (*on-call bus) 09.50
Arrival San Domenico, paese  10.10

 

 

Return journey

 Mon-Fri Sat/Sun 
Departure San Domenico, paese (*on-call bus) 17.20  17.15
Arrival Varzo 17.40  17.35
Departure Varzo  18.08  18.08
Arrival Bern 20.24  20.24

*It is essential to book the bus no later than the preceding day by calling +39 338 878 03 86

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