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North-South Route: Airolo-Bellinzona

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The descent through the Leventina valley promises sheer pleasure because, instead of pedalling, you can simply freewheel down this stretch of SwitzerlandMobility route no. 3.

easy
Distance 64.9 km
4:12 h
33 m
936 m
1,162 m
226 m

On the way, the cyclist will be treated to scenic highlights and a range of cultural attractions from across 8 centuries. On this tour, in the shortest of time spans, you'll experience 3 worlds and 3 climate zones. From alpine coniferous forests to vineyards to Mediterranean palms. There's a lot to discover culturally too. After about 12 kilometers you'll pass the Dazio Grande, the old customs house where all travellers over the Gotthard used to have to pay a toll. A visit to the museum attached to the Dazio Grande is really recommended. A few kilometres further on, in Faido, there are Renaissance houses with carved decoration, then the first traditional Ticino stone houses. These are followed by modern constructions such as the imposing Biaschina viaduct for the Gotthard motorway: best to make a stop here to have a good look at this. After the long descent, it's worth stopping in Giornico with its seven churches and chapels. One of them is the church of San Nicolao, the most significant romanesque construction in the Ticino.

After Biasca you can continue along Veloland route no. 3 to Bellinzona.

Author’s recommendation

For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts: Nord-Süd-Route no. 3

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Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino Turismo
Update: September 05, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,162 m
Lowest point
226 m
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Rest stops

Hotel Forni (Bike friendly)
Hotel des Alpes (Bike friendly)
Albergo San Gottardo (Bike friendly)
Chalet Ravina (Bike friendly)
Caseificio dimostrativo del Gottardo (Bike friendly)
Snack-Bar Airò (Bike friendly)
Bed & Bike Tremola San Gottardo (Bike friendly)
B&B Gottardo (Bike friendly)
Rifugio lago Ritom (Bike friendly)
Agriturismo Altanca (Bike friendly)
Centro Pro Natura Lucomagno (Bike friendly)
Capanna Bovarina (Bike friendly)
Pineta Saracino (Bike friendly)
Ristorante Casa Greina (Bike friendly)
Osteria Belvedere (Bike friendly)
Ostello Cappuccini Faido (Bike friendly)
Casa Lucomagno (Bike Friendly)
Pensione Centrale, (Bike Friendly)
Campa Alpine Lodge & SPA (Bike friendly)
Capanna Gorda (Bike friendly)
Albergo Defanti (Bike friendly)
Ristorante La Pernice, (Bike Friendly)
Osteria Anzonico (Bike friendly)
Ristorante Rubino Megabello (Bike friendly)
BP service station, (Bike Friendly)
Ristoro alpino La Furbeda (Bike friendly)
Capanna Quarnei (Bike friendly)
B&B Il Calicanto (Bike Friendly)
Ristoro Sass Malt (Bike friendly)
B&B Villa Ricordo (Bike friendly)
Grotto Canvett (Bike friendly)
Al Giardinetto (Bike friendly)
Hotel della Posta (Bike friendly)
Villa del Gusto (Bike friendly)
Marchè Bellinzona Sud (Bike friendly)
Hotel Bellinzona Sud (Bike friendly)
Hotel Unione (Bike friendly)
Hotel La Perla (Bike friendly)
Hotel La Tureta (Bike friendly)
Hotel & SPA Internazionale (Bike friendly)
Capanna Cremorasco (Bike friendly)
Ostello Montebello (Bike friendly)

Safety information

This itinerary is open to traffic, please respect the road safety rules.

Start

Airolo (1,141 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'689'799E 1'153'598N
DD
46.527660, 8.609064
DMS
46°31'39.6"N 8°36'32.6"E
UTM
32T 470017 5152751
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Destination

Bellinzona

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'689'799E 1'153'598N
DD
46.527660, 8.609064
DMS
46°31'39.6"N 8°36'32.6"E
UTM
32T 470017 5152751
w3w 
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
64.9 km
Duration
4:12 h
Ascent
33 m
Descent
936 m
Highest point
1,162 m
Lowest point
226 m
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