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The Mill of Loco

Mill · Ascona-Locarno · 668 m
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    Mulino di Loco
    Photo: Ilario Garbani, Ascona-Locarno Tourism
After having undergone a meticulous restoration, the 18th century water mill functions again since 1991 and picks up the grinding of corn which is used to prepare the polenta. Moreover, the production of the farina bona, a local speciality, is obtained from the fine grinding of slightly roasted corn.
Located near the main road, on an escarpment which dominates the splendid cascade of the Bordione river, the mill of Loco - as well as the one of Vergeletto - is the alive witness of the important activity of the mills for all the Onsernone valley. One counted of them some 27 in function at the end of the 19th century, almost all disappeared or out of order today.

On the upper floor, the didactic exposition illustrates the history and the techniques of grindings of cereals, where as on the lower storey is the room with the stonemill stones, activating the wheel turning by external water. It is possible to buy the flour for the polenta and the farina bona directly at the mill.

Opening times:

from April til October:
Thursday: 14.00-17.00
Saturday/Sunday: 10.00-12.00 / 14.00-17.00

Apart from official timetable, possibility to organize visits.

Coordinates

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2'695'094E 1'117'418N
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46.201500, 8.670667
DMS
46°12'05.4"N 8°40'14.4"E
UTM
32T 474591 5116488
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