Verzasca Valley

The double-arched bridge "Ponte dei salti" in Lavertezzo, Verzasca Valley

Verzasca Valley is a long narrow valley located in Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. This valley offers a wild and fascinating landscape, with the Alps on one side and a lake on the other. The river has an emerald green color, and thanks to its good visibility, it is famous as a river diving destination.


Villages around the valley

Get In

The nearest big city would be Locarno and the nearest town just at the end of the valley is Tenero.

By train

Nearest train station is Tenero. Other train stations are Locarno and Bellinzona. From all those stations, there are buses going to the valley.

By bus

The postal bus leaves approx. every 2 hours from Locarno, Bellinzona, or Tenero. Having 18 stops around the valley, the bus passes all villages and the surrounding area, making it easy for travellers to hop in and out at any point. In Lavertezzo, the bus stops near the church tower.

By car

Take highway A2 Basel to Chiasso, exit at Bellinzona South.

Get Around

On foot

There are several hiking paths along the valley. Hiking from Tenero to Sonogno takes 10-11h, from Sonogno to Mergoscia 4:45h. The path is suitable for practised walkers.

By bus

Postal bus passes the villages approx. every 2 hours. Swiss Pass is valid.

By car

To go all the way to Sonogno, one should take the road on the east side of the valley. The road on the west side only goes up to Mergoscia. There are possibilities to park in some areas along the road.


The Verzasca Dam


In Vogorno

In Lavertezzo

In Brione

In Gerra

In Frasco


Restaurants can be found adjacent to hotels. Sandwiches are offered in the shop nearby the dam.


Souvenir shops can be found in Sonogno or nearby the dam.


In Vogorno

In Lavertezzo

In Brione (Verzasca)

In Gerra (Verzasca)

In Sonogno

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Stay Safe

The river may be very inviting, but it is known that the current can be dangerous. The rocks are sometimes slippery. Make sure to look for any warning sign and ask locals for information on safe areas for swimming.

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