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Motto d'Arbino Forest Reserve

The Motto d’Arbino Forest Reserve is unique. It’s not particularly accessible and there are no official paths. The terrain is a succession of escarpments, rocky walls, impervious and unstable ground. In fact, a large landslide struck this area in 1928. The collapsed material created the beautiful little Lake Orbello. The reserve covers a forest comprised primarily of beech and Norway spruce. Vast expanses are occupied by pioneer species, first and foremost birch.

In summary:

  • Area: 334 hectares
  • Altitude: 527-1,680 m a.s.l.
  • Main species: beech, Norway spruce, birch
  • Year of establishment: 2015
  • Owner: Patriziato di Arbedo


  • The Motto d'Arbino Forest Reserve is not directly open to visitors. There are no marked and properly arranged paths within the same area.
  • The area is generally steep, with numerous jumps and landslides. It is advisable to follow the path that leads from Aragno (660 m a.s.l.) to Alpe Motto Arbino (1,680 m a.s.l.). Offers numerous views of the protected area.
  • The ascent takes 4 ½ hours, with a total height difference of about 1,300 m. For an overnight stay we offer the Capanna del Gesero (1,774 m a.s.l.). From the Capanna del Gesero and Motto Arbino, paths lead to the nearby Valle Morobbia.



  • VENUES Eco-friendly
  • PARKS AND GARDENS Natural parks