the sculpture trail - Nag Arnoldi 2003
All along the lakeside, and also in town, there are many sculpture to be seen - open air and year round. If you're into modern sculpture, remember that until 10 october 2003 there's a huge exhibit on the local artist Nag Arnoldi: you can find his bizarre statues all over. To describe his style: round shapes similar to those of the italian Pomodoro, and rough elongated shapes similar to those of Giacometti. Definitely worth seeing!
Lying on the southern side ...
Lying on the southern side of the Alps, Ticino is Switzerland’s only Italian-speaking canton. In common with Italy, it has a certain Mediterranean flair. But the orderliness of its towns and villages is unmistakeably Swiss.
Locarno and one of its valleys
"The Verzasca Valley"
The Verzasca-Valley has been one of my favourites since I first came to see it. It was immediate love, and it would probably be the place I would select for my wigwam, if I were offered the possibility.
It is a very deep valley amid steep slopes and rocks. Huge rocks and bolders frame the river, the green water, the "verte acqua".
I cannot describe for what reason I have got this feeling of security here, of remoteness and seclusion. Yet, it is only a fourty minute drive from Locarno. Within the valley, the last village is the one I like most: Sonogno, situated in a trough, as the valley forks into two tributaries and opens the view.
On day 1 I walk to the Grotto di Efra, and have dinner there.
"From Sonogno to Lavertezzo"
On day 2 I walk down the valley: a hike, that I could do hundreds of times, and would never bore me. I then would have a picnic on the rocks of Lavertezzo.
"Exploring the details"
Day 3? Explore one of the side valleys and have picnics!
I recently asked Kate, my daughter, which meal she remembers as outstanding. (I expected she would tell me some posh restaurant with a marvellous view.) She mentioned the picnics in the Verzasca valley...
Day 4: If not lazy I would head up to one of the cottages of the "SAC" (Swiss Alpine Club), well equipped with Merlot-vine and food to cook up there.
...? Laze away your days.