Image 0 - Sentiero Smeraldo Cabbio - Cabbio
Image 1 - Sentiero Smeraldo Cabbio - Cabbio
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Sentiero Smeraldo Cabbio - Cabbio

The «Sentiero Smeraldo» (Emerald Trail) is a project of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) realised in co-operation with the office of tourism as part of Switzerland's «Emerald Network». Its goal is to publicise and raise awareness about the Emerald species and habitats of Mendrisiotto - one of three places in the canton of Ticino richest in these rare and endangered species and habitats.

This circular tour takes you to the Italian border region of Sasso Gordona, which played an important role in World War II.

From Cabbio, head out to Val Luasca and after several about-turns you'll arrive at the Alpe della Bonella. From here, walk along the Swiss-Italian border to Rifugio Prabello. Rested and refreshed, you may choose to take a circular route around Sasso Gordona.
The original route also takes you past the mountain. Continue along the crest of Valle Cugnolo into Val della Crotta. From there you will recognise the path from the previous leg of the tour. Return to your starting point via Uggine and Orsera.


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


Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute:


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