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  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail

Theme Trails – The Historical Sonvico Nature Trail

Stage 23: I Denti della Vecchia

From this panoramic point, from where we can admire the hills and the mountains of the whole area of Luganese. A sight of particular beauty are the Denti della Vecchia.

The pinnacles of this mountain are made of dolostone of the Upper Triassic (about 215 million of years ago), a sedimentary rock eroded by wind and water, until it took on the extraordinary appearance of today.

During the Upper Triassic, the Sottoceneri lay in the depths of an ancient but not very deep sea. The Denti della Vecchia formed an organogenic barrier made of corals, algae, megalodonts, gasteropods, and other marine organisms. Through the process of sediment-compaction, called diagenesis, the barrier transformed itself into dolostone. Then the tectonic forces elevated these rocky structures to above water level to today's height of about 1500 above sea level.

The Denti della Vecchia are very interesting not only from a landscape and geological point of view, but also from the botanical and fauna's aspect.

The whole area, which also includes the peaks of Fojorìna, Mosè, Oress, and Torrione (in Italy), is characterised by a particularly rich flora. Here we find a botanical species named "endemiti" because it is very rare or exists nowhere else in Switzerland.

The pinnacles, the winding ravines, and the sheer drops of the Denti della Vecchia are the ideal habitat for a typical representative of the avifauna of this area: The Crag Martin. Whilst most species of the swallow family leave our region during the winter and migrate south, the Crag Martin is sedentary and over-winters at our latitudes.

 

  1. Related Excursions

    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 24: R’Alborón
    Stage 25: The Oratory of S. Martino
    Stage 26: The old center of Sonvico
    Stage 27: The Walnut Press
    Stage 28: The Church of Saint John the Baptist

  2. How to arrive

    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.

    Journey by public transports!

  3. Signalization

    Sonvicosentierostorico Adesivo

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