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Valle Verzasca: Visit the valley and area, inclusive the dam where James Bond was filmed

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

GPS Entry: Sognono (Switzerland)

Welcome to the Verzasca River, a natural wonder that meanders through a picturesque valley, captivating visitors with its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking scenery. Prepare to be enchanted by the sheer beauty of this remarkable river, as it invites you to embark on a memorable journey through its pristine surroundings.

As you venture along the river's path, you'll be mesmerized by the clarity of its waters, which reveal a stunning underwater world teeming with life. The Verzasca River showcases nature's artistry, with its vibrant hues and smooth pebbles adorning its banks.

This idyllic location offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing you to immerse yourself in the serenity of nature. Whether you choose to take a leisurely stroll along its shores, dip your toes into the refreshing waters, or simply find a peaceful spot to unwind and admire the view, the Verzasca River promises an unforgettable experience.

Indulge your senses as you take in the sights and sounds of this enchanting river valley. From the rustling of leaves to the gentle gushing of the water, each moment spent in this pristine environment will leave a lasting impression.

We are confident that the Verzasca River will captivate your heart and leave you with cherished memories. Prepare to be amazed by its natural beauty and the tranquility it offers, creating an experience that will truly resonate with you.

From the starting point in Brissago, embark on an unforgettable journey through picturesque villages, lush greenery, and the mesmerizing Verzasca River. Let the map guide you, ensuring you don't miss any of the notable stops that showcase the valley's unique charm.

Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, this trail offers an incredible opportunity to connect with the natural wonders of the Verzasca Valley. Witness stunning vistas, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and experience the tranquility that surrounds you.

Allow our map to be your trusted companion as you navigate the Verzasca Valley, ensuring you make the most of your journey. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this remarkable destination, and create lasting memories along the way.

Best season: whole year around

How to get there:

  • driving ~1 hr (one way)

  • bus/public transport ~2.30hr

  • biking ~3hr

  • combine with hiking

GPS Entry: Sognono (Switzerland)

Map: Explore the Verzasca Valley with ease using our specially curated map, which includes a set of key stops along the way. Navigate through the captivating landscape from Brissago to Sogno, following the full trail on Google Maps.

Our map provides detailed directions and highlights the must-visit locations along the route. Discover hidden gems, scenic viewpoints, and noteworthy attractions as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the Verzasca Valley.


  • Driving: approx 1 hr drive (if you go to the end of Valle Verzasca, at Sognono you have to count for one hour of direct drive and about 43 km)

Below you will find a list of stops that we consider very interesting for you:

Stop 1: Verzasca Dam

At the entrance in the Verzasca valley make a stop at the Verzasca dam that is situated on the lake "Lago di Vogorno". You can park at the visitor center and walk on the dam. It is very impressive to see what people could build with concrete.

Note: One of the James Bond's series was filmed here. In case you want some adrenaline, here you can jump the over 200m bungee.

GPS Address: Verzasca Dam, Via Valle Verzasca, 6596 Gordola


Stop 2: Lavertezzo brige Ponte dei Salti - "Roman bridge"

The place is know as "Ponte dei Salti" (Jumping bridge - a Roman bridge)

Stop in at the bridge and take a bath in the natural whirlpools after crossing the two-arch bridge .

Lavertezzo - Ponti dei Salti
Lavertezzo - Ponti dei Salti

One can cross the bridge and lie on the worm smooth stones, watching people jumping off the bridge.

Lavertezzo - waterpools
Lavertezzo - waterpools

Stop 3: Corippo village

A very authentic village, Corippo is worth seeing.

One of the most beautiful villages in the Verzasca valley is Corippo, which is located on the left side of the main road when you drive upwards. It is well signposted. You can walk a little along the streets of this village.

In the summer of 2022 SRF published a report on the village of Corripo and his new way of accomodation people in several old houses: «Albergo Diffuso» in Corippo

Corippo village

Stop 4: Sognono village

At the end of the Verzasca valley you can stop in the village of Sognono, a beautiful village that hosts many events in the summer and in the fall, plus has fantastic hikes for all kind of travellers (easy paved pathways or hiking trails)


On the way to La Froda Waterfalls:

Stop 5: La Froda waterfalls in Sognono

Park your car at the entrance in the Sognono village public parking and pay for 2-3 hours. The rest of the tour will be done on foot.

It is only a ~15 minute walk (1,2 km) walking west to the church and walk further to the riverbank. Cross the bridge on the left and go up to the waterfalls "La Froda".

Tip Eating in authenticTicino Grotto: On the way to La Froda eat at Grotto Efra ( - check in advance of they are open. There is a very good local food and a quiet atmosphere.

Adress: Grotto Efra , Strada de Redòrta 46, 6637 Sognono, Schweiz

Fantastic views and a beautiful wooden chair will reward you.

"La Froda" waterfalls near Sognono
"La Froda" waterfalls near Sognono

Relax here after you've climbed to the mini-lake on La Froda waterfalls.

Relax on this chair near "La Froda" Waterfalls, Sognono, Valle Verzasca
Relax on this chair near "La Froda" waterfalls, Sognono, Valle Verzasca



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