The climate in southern Switzerland is still very summery so that yesterday I decided to take a hike on the wild side of the Lugano lake that I see always when I go rowing but that I never explored. I am talking of a part of the Lugano Municipality that has no streets and is known as “sentiero delle cantine di Gandria”.
Gandria is the village where my Rowing Club is located but Cantine are on the other side of the lake. The starting point is a place called “Caprino”, another ancient fishermen village where today people is used to go for the typical restaurants called “Grotti”. The fastest way to get there is by ferry or boat.
Once in “Caprino” there are no cars and only way to get to the old border with Italy is walking on a path in the woods that runs along the lake shore. It’s some 5km until the border with italy where there is the Museum of the Swiss Custom but it is not a plain walk and at the end it is quite difficult.
But it is a really nice landscape between the lake and the mountain and I’d suggest this as a one day hike, just to visit some new place or, better, the shore that one always sees from th road but never guess how it can be.
Finaly I saw Gandria from the other side of the lake and it is really a nice village also from there as I usually see it when I got out rowing on the lake. Nice afternoon, alone with ma thoughts as I have learned to not listen to the music while hiking but just let the woods and the environment sorrund me with their sounds.
And in this cases comes always some good idea. You should try.