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Hiking the Tour de Monte Rosa

Learn about the historic roots of the Tour de Monte Rosa hiking route, a gorgeous and wild loop from Zermatt through Italy around Switzerland's tallest mountain. [caption id="attachment_19802" align="alignnone" width="770"] Tour de Monte Rosa trail flashing[/caption] Multi-Country hut-to-hut hiking on the Tour de Monte Rosa Walking the Tour de Monte Rosa (TMR) route through Italy and Switzerland, an unfolding gallery...

How to Make Casunziei: an Unexpected Pasta Delight from the Dolomites

While hiking the Alps in the summer months, I’ve often found myself in what feels like an unending walk uphill, where - as much as I love hiking - the more I pick up my feet, the taller the mountain seems to get. Although my logical brain is happy enough to take a breath, look at the map, and soak...

Exploring Ascona & Locarno

The twin cities of Ascona and Locarno is one of the most significant bases to start your adventure from in Ticino.  The Maggia river separates Ascona and Locarno which serves as an entry point to the regions abundant valleys which are easily accessible by Post Bus using your Ticino Ticket, a Swiss Pass rail pass or simply purchasing a ticket when you board.  It's...

Gotthard Express to Ticino

[caption id="attachment_11473" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Post bus above the Verzasca River in Ticino, Valle Verzasca[/caption] Switzerland is home to so many different cultures and landscapes, all housed within a small border that is barely 3 times larger than Los Angeles County.  When thinking of Switzerland many things immediately come to mind - chocolate, cheese, tall mountains and precise time!  But something...

Brienzer Rothorn Steam Train

Have you ever had the curiosity to ride a nostalgic, old-fashioned steam engine driven train? For over 125 years the Swiss have provided that opportunity with the Brienzer Rothornbahn, built in 1892. Starting from lake Brienz between Interlaken and Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland, the Rothorn train climbs 5,510 ft (1,680 m) in 55 minutes and has a maximum gradient of 25%....

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