Itinerary: Gandria-San Domenico-Castagnola
Location: Gandria - Castagnola
Altitude: Gandria 274 m (average) / Castagnola 358 m
PROSPECTUS IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: Italian - German - French – English
Features of theme trail: botany - naturalistic - cultural - historical
Physical effort: 1 (1 = easy, 0-300m / 2 = good, 300-600m / 3 = average, 600-900)
Technical effort: T1 (T1 = footpath / T2 = mountain hiking trail)
Selling of typical local products: -
Those starting their itinerary at Castagnola may return there by means of the Porlezza-Lugano bus service (bus stop near the Gandria restaurant); those starting at Gandria may return there by means of the Porlezza-Lugano bus service (the bus stop is near the Castagnola post office). Both Castagnola and Gandria may be reached by means of Lugano’s Società Navigazione del Lago.
This path passes through an area where the remains of ancient olive trees may still be seen and in which the olive tree has just recently been re-introduced.
The Path winds along the countryside between Castagnola and Gandria and crosses hillsides of ancient olive trees where just recently fruiting olive trees have been reintroduced. You can reach the path either from Castagnola (close to the old Municipal, or from Gandria (start from the parking area at the canton’s street above the village). The path is described beginning in Gandria and is identified by the olive logo. There are 18 panels offering descriptions of the olive tree’s history, its botany, its cultivation and its products as well (the olive fruit ant olive oil).
The idea of the Olive Tree Path was conceived of by the “Friends of the Olive Tree” association in collaboration with the Fund of Naturalistic and Archeological Sites in Gandria belonging to the Foundation of the Italian speaking Switzerland for Scientific Research and University Studies.
Gandria-Castagnola: 137 m
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Gandria-Castagnola: 1 h