Engraved on the main shaft, which is 10 meters long and weighs 5000 kilos, we find a date: 1592. This press is significant evidence of the work by the population and of the strong bond between the population and the land, where many walnut trees were cultivated. The press was operational until the end of World War II to extract oil. In 1983, after many years of neglect, the municipality of Sonvico bought the press and restored it, creating at the same time areas for small exhibitions that regularly take place during the year. There is also a permanent exhibition about the Walnut tree. The Amici del Torchio, a group founded in 1990 is responsible for the management of this building. It is committed to proposing activities in which local treasures and artifacts are rediscovered and given value as well as organizing meetings where social and cultural matters are discussed.
(For a visit, please contact www.Amicideltorchio.ch).
The Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
Stage 1: Well and "Riaron"
Stage 2: House of Reason
Stage 3: Graad
Stage 4: Cassinel
Stage 5: The mixed broadleaf woods
Stage 6: Geological oddities
Stage 7: Mill and bridge
Stage 8: The glade in the wood
Stage 9: The torrent Franscinone
Stage 10: Wash-house
Stage 11: The birds of the wood
Stage 12: The eroded valley of the Franscinone
Stage 12: Water and energy
Stage 13: The edge of the flood-level wood
Stage 14: Dairy farm for the processing of milk
Stage 15: Lime-kiln
Stage 16: The rural area
Stage 17: The Humid area of Canéed
Stage 18: The earth kiln for charcoal production
Stage 19: Terracing
Stage 20: Madonna d'Arla
Stage 21: The Chestnut Wood of Pian Piret
Stage 22: The Beechwood
Stage 23: The Boulder with Engraved Cupels
Stage 23: I Denti della Vecchia
Stage 24: R’Alborón
Stage 25: The Oratory of S. Martino
Stage 26: The old center of Sonvico
Stage 28: The Church of Saint John the Baptist
The Luganese Regional Bus Line covers the Lugano – Sonvico stretch; from Val Colla you can reach Sonvico, using the postal bus from Tesserete to Sonvico.