A visit to the Hungerforts (you can see some of them in Camorino or in Sementina), is a thrilling plunge into the past to remember a difficult and turbulent period for Ticino. The fascinating nature trail allows visiting the Forts of hunger in Camorino and is a perfect walk for those who want to spend a few hours of peace and silence surrounded by nature and in an atmosphere suspended between past and present.
The forts of hunger are cylindrical towers created in 1853 with a dual purpose: to be part of a defensive system against Austrian attacks but also to give employment to many refugees expelled, on the orders of Marshal Radetzky, from Lombardy. The construction of the forts had in fact employed about 500 people for a couple of years, becoming an important source of employment and income for the region. Today these characteristic facilities represent an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy the view from above the region of the Magadino Plain.
A didactic trail lasting about two hours retraces a stretch of the Dufour defence line in the municipality of Camorino. Along the route it is now possible to admire five towers (Ai Scarsitt, Ai Munt, Ala Pélera, Al Sass del Camósc and Al Pian di Bur), some in ruins, others restored. The route, equipped with signposts and explanatory panels, passes through vineyards and woods and offers splendid panoramic views of the Piano di Magadino, the Pizzo di Claro and the entire Bellinzona area.