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Image 0 - Castel San Pietro - Campora - Monte - Alpe di Caviano - Castel San Pietro
Image 1 - Castel San Pietro - Campora - Monte - Alpe di Caviano - Castel San Pietro
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Castel San Pietro - Campora - Monte - Alpe di Caviano - Castel San Pietro

The itinerary starts in the heart of Castel San Pietro, easily reachable also by Postbus (stop Castel S. Pietro Posta).

From here you hike along the "Via Obino", the initial stretch of the cantonal road to Monte, which leads to the hamlet of the same name, the oldest hamlet in the Municipality of Castel San Pietro mentioned in written documents. Crossing the historical centre, with a small diversion, you can hike up to the promontory on which, in an isolated and panoramic position, there is the beautiful church of S. Antonio. 

Following the official hiking signs you continue in the direction of Monte. You will happen to cross the cantonal road at several points, so pay attention before crossing!

After about 1 hour's walk you will reach the centre of Campora, a historic village in the Muggio Valley. The comfortable and wide path enters the forest and from here you climb slightly in the direction of Monte.
The picturesque village of Monte, situated on a sunny promontory, offers various possibilities for refreshment before returning to the mountain path that leads to Alpe Caviano, overcoming a difference in altitude of about 300 meters. 

Alpe Caviano at an altitude of 967 metres is located on the southern slope of the Monte Generoso massif. After the hospice of the Gran San Bernardo Pass, it is the southernmost alpine refuge in Switzerland. From here the view ranges from the Lower Mendrisiotto to the metropolis of Milan, the Duomo and the tall buildings in the centre are clearly visible, passing through the Po Valley, Monviso on the border with France and the entire Monte Rosa group. 

At the refuge there is drinking water from the municipal network, instant hot water via automatic gas kettle, electricity 220V/380V. No telephone connection, 3G reception (low) a few metres towards the road, free Wi-Fi. Small pantry for drinks and long-life consumer goods, external service to avoid guests passing through to the first floor. Please note: the hut is only open on reservation!

To descend towards Castel San Pietro, take a characteristic mule track with cobblestone bottom that descends gently and in about 1 hour's walk takes us back to our starting point.

Tips

  • Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera
  • Food

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