Autumn of the Foliage Train: the unmissable stops to admire the colors of nature

The best way to discover the most beautiful colors of autumn is aboard the Foliage Train, which connects Domodossola to Locarno, Switzerland.

Author: Clara Salzano

Aboard the Foliage Train from Domodossola to Locarno

The fall with its colors, from straw yellow to intense pink, it has now exploded and until the end of November there are many places to admire the foliage seasonal. In fact, nature gives a whole autumn color show which is good for the eyes and the spirit. Diving into the forest, between valleys and hills, is a rejuvenating experience to be practiced in all seasons, but with the leaves and trees that turn golden and orange in autumn, the magic of nature it’s even more attractive. The best way to find out the most beautiful colors of autumn is on board the foliage train, connecting Domodossola to Locarno, Switzerland.

the Centovalli
the Centovalli

He travels all year, but it’s in the fall that the historic Vigezzina-Centocavalli Railway is particularly suggestive. It is one of the ten most beautiful experiences to do by train in Europeaccording to the prestigious guide lonely planet. And until mid-November, aboard the Comboio da Folhagem, it is possible to admire the kaleidoscope of colors that characterize the route of about 50 kilometers between the italian Vigezzo and Centovalli Valleyinside Swiss. You will walk through enchanting woods, ancient tunnels, bridges and fascinating cities from Domodossola to Locarno on the Swiss side of Lake Maggiore.

The historic train of the Ferrovia Vigezzina – Centovalli
The historic train of the Ferrovia Vigezzina – Centovalli

The historic train of the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway, also known as centovalle, performs countless stops that allow, with single ticket round trip, to go down and discover characteristic villages, nature shows and taste the local specialties. Starting from the splendid Domodossola and traveling through the Vigezzo Valley, nicknamed the valley of painters for its intense colors, you can stop along the way to discover the charming village of Santa Maria Major With your Chimney Sweep MuseumThe Perfume House and the fall event Out of Pumpkin, which allows you to immerse yourself in seasonal fruits and colors, from golden yellows to various shades of red.

The Chimney Sweep Museum in Santa Maria Maggiore
The Chimney Sweep Museum in Santa Maria Maggiore

the view of foliage train passes from dense forests to uncontaminated villages, from bristling rocks to mountain streams, through numerous and solitary side valleys. For miles you don’t see it golden forests, green hills and streams between rocky walls. There are no sidewalks along the route and the trails require preparation and experience. The best way to cross the italian-swiss border is aboard the Centovallina trains that run through the Insubric Linethat divides the continental plates of Africa and Europe, to which the Centovalli are aligned.

The view from Centovalli
The view from Centovalli

In the presence of countless vouchers uncontaminated gave the area its name, the centovallipassing through Camedio, Rasa, until intragna, considered its gateway. The foliage train, after passing an 80-meter high railway viaduct, arrives at the small stone village that rises on a rocky spur above the rivers. Litter AND Isornodafrom where the tallest bell tower in Ticino emerges (65 meters high).

The tallest bell tower in Ticino on Intragna
The tallest bell tower in Ticino on Intragna

After passing through the picturesque villages of Intragna and Verscio, one of the most spectacular sights on the route opens before your eyes: thebrolla bridge gorge as “giants’ holes. It’s a stretch of breathtaking beauty where the Maggia Riverat the entrance of the homonymous valley and the Terre di Pedemonte, it has shaped the white rocks that stand out in contrast to the emerald green of the water.

The view from the Brolla Bridge
The view from the Brolla Bridge

A stop in the lush nature of Ponte Brolla and its ravine is a must. Here you can climb the valley, on foot or by bicycle and completely lose yourself in the beauty of the suggestive landscape. Along the way, you can also take the opportunity to taste some local specialties at historic meeting places carved in stone such as the grotto americawhich since 1890 was the starting point for the caravans of the Ticinese to America.

The historic Grotto America
The historic Grotto America

The trip aboard the Foliage Train ends at locarnoon the Swiss side of Lake Maggiore. Recognized worldwide thanks to the International Film Festival, the city of Ticino is a destination not to be missed for its historic city with its elegant buildings and narrow streets. O Visconteo Castle, seat of the Civic and Archaeological Museum, dominates the old town that allows you to enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding mountains from various points.

For those who decide to stop in Locarno at hotels, youth hostels and campsites, before traveling back the trip back of the iconic train, you can enjoy the Ticino ticket which allows you to use public transport throughout the Ticino area and move freely.

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