Explore a Swiss-Italian Town, Accessible Only by Cable Car
Imagine a village with a mere 20 residents, accessible only by cable car or by foot, with no cars, markets or shops.
Tucked away in Ticino’s Centovalli, in a landscape where one valley opens to another, Rasa is located about 15 km (8 miles) from Locarno. The town is part of a route that has long connected Italy and Switzerland.
Once we arrived at the summit of Rasa, it was, not surprisingly, another world. A few stone lanes wound through the village, past gardens brimming with zinneas, hydrangeas and spider mums. The church had just enough pews to accommodate the village’s residents, with perhaps a few spots for visitors. We struggled to find an open café, eventually discovering a quaint business that catered to visitors and hikers. There we enjoyed a beer and Latte Macchiato, and savored the pastoral views of pretty peaks before us. With no car or motorcycle traffic, tolling church bells were the only occasional sound. We chatted with a few part-time locals, with one woman expressing how imperative it was to be “very organized” if you live in Rasa, since everything you need to survive must be painstakingly brought up by cable car.
The following links feature more of the canton of Ticino, to include Rasa.
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