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Valle Verzasca: How to Get There

Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Darla

In this article, we’ll discuss how to get to Valle Verzasca.

Valle Verzasca: How to Get There
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Among the most famous valleys in Ticino is Valle Verzasca (or Verzasca Valley in English). The valley is located north of Lake Maggiore. 

The Verzasca River runs between Leventina and Maggia. There are a lot of people bathing in that river during the summer. It’s an amazing turquoise or emerald green color that looks so fresh and pretty. Maybe that’s what draws tourists here. Other rivers aren’t as green as this one, and it’s gorgeous.

Especially in the spring and summer, Valle Verzasca is a popular tourist destination. The scenery is beautiful. You’re going to wonder at some point where the Valle Verzasca is. This article tells you how to get Valle Verzasca. 

How to Get to Valle Verzasca

Verzasca River: How to Get to Valle Verzasca
Image of the Verzasca River by TouringSwitzerland.com

Take bus 321 from Locarno to Sonogno to get to Valle Verzasca. Hop off at the stop where you want to explore. Depending on where you stop, it takes 20 minutes to 75 minutes to get from Locarno to Valle Verzasca.

Here are some places to check out in Valle Verzasca:

  • Lavertezzo and Ponte dei Salti
  • Sonogno
  • Corippo
  • Verzasca Dam

We will be discussing how to get to each of these places in detail below.


How to Get to Lavertezzo in Valle Verzasca

Lavertezzo: How to Get to Valle Verzasca
Image of Lavertezzo and Ponte dei Salti by TouringSwitzerland.com

One of the most popular spots in Valle Verzasca is this bridge across the Verzasca River called Ponte dei Salti. And there’s nothing more relaxing than watching emerald waters flow under this Roman bridge in Lavertezzo.   

With public transportation, you can get to Lavertezzo by taking Bus 321 from Locarno to Sonogno. Get off at the Lavertezzo, Paese stop. The ride from Locarno takes about 41 minutes.

There are several parking lots near the Verzasca River if you’d like to bring a car. You can at the following spots:

  • Close to the bridge in the parking lot by the Paese stop.
  • In front of Pensione Posse
  • Farther down the valley near Aquino

Personal Note: The waters in this area can pose a significant risk, and some residents have begun to remain nearby to inform tourists of safe locations. Despite this, I strongly urge caution as previous incidents have resulted from individuals underestimating the strength of the currents. Also, it’s better to come in early, especially on a nice summer day. Count on a lot of tourists and cars.


How to Get to Sonogno in Valle Verzasca

Rustici in Sonogno
Image of Rustici Houses in Sonogno from Wikimedia

At the end of Valle Verzasca is Sonogno. Here you’ll find well-kept houses and granite alleyways. Sonogno is also the starting point for lots of hikes. 

Sonogno is home to 96 people. It also has an interesting sheep’s wool workshop (Casa della Lana). 

With public transportation, you can get to Lavertezzo by taking Bus 321 from Locarno to Sonogno. Get off at the Sonogno stop. The ride from Locarno takes about 1 hour 14 minutes.

A parking lot is in front of Sonogno village. You can use the public restrooms there, too (Plus code 9Q2Q+8C Sonogno).


How to Get to Corippo in Valle Verzasca

Corippo: How to Get to Valle Verzasca
Corippo, Ticino via Wikimedia

Corippo is a small, picture-perfect village in Valle Verzasca with rustic houses. The village sits 563 meters above sea level on a hilltop. In reality, it’s Switzerland’s least populous municipality, with just nine to twelve people. Corippo is on the Swiss Inventory of Heritage Sites.

With public transportation, you can get to Lavertezzo by taking Bus 321 from Locarno to Sonogno. Get off at the Corippo, Bivio stop. The ride from Locarno takes about 37 minutes. From Corippo, Bivio, you will have to walk around 15 minutes up to Corippo village.

There are several parking lots in the village, in case you are coming in with a car.


How to Get to the Verzasca Dam

Verzasca Dam: How to Get to Valle Verzasca
Image of the Verzasca Dam by TouringSwitzerland.com

Bungee jumping can be done at Verzasca Dam‘s Lago di Vogorno. It’s famous for the bungee jump in GoldenEye, the James Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan. The plane flies over the dam, showing the high dam before Bond jumps off. The dam has become a popular Bungee Jumping spot since the film.

With public transportation, you can get to Lavertezzo by taking Bus 321 from Locarno to Sonogno. Get off at the Diga Verzasca stop. The ride from Locarno takes about 23 minutes.

There is a parking lot directly in front of the Verzasca Dam. The address of Verzasca Dam is Via Valle Verzasca, 6596 Gordola (Plus code 5VW2+38 Gordola).


Darla is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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