Have you ever found yourself in some beautiful spot where all of a sudden you felt in harmony with nature and the universe? In Ticino there are many places held to be sacred because they are points of convergence for flows of natural energy: sites chosen by ancient peoples to build their temples, monuments and sanctuaries. Visiting such a high energy place can be an unforgettable experience.
Suggestion number 1: Arcegno
Nature reserve and prehistoric religious site
Both a Roman necropolis and a rock carving have been found in Arcegno, while in the surrounding woodland cup and ring marks and stone alignments attest to the nature cults of the Celts and other peoples. Sites such as the hill of Barbescio are considered to be high energy spots. The name of the Pagans’ Cave (Grotta dei Pagani), where Hermann Hesse reportedly came to meditate, is an echo of prehistoric places of worship.
Suggestion number 2: Brione sopra Minusio
Panoramic historic and cultural trail
Lined with interesting objects, showcases with photographic records and information boards, the themed trail at Brione sopra Minusio is a genuine open-air museum. With a length of 2.5 km, the trail starts by the town hall in the main square and winds down an old mule track to just above Viona in Val Resa.
Suggestion number 3: Fusio-Mogno
A modern place of pilgrimage
The 17th century church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno was destroyed by an avalanche in 1986. It was replaced by a modern building, designed by noted architect Mario Botta, which stands out for the stunning play of contrasts between dark Valle Maggia gneiss and crystalline Peccia marble. Light floods through this sacred building, located on a site of positive energy.
Suggestion number 4: Gambarogno
Primeval places of power
On the south-eastern shore of Lake Maggiore there are places of power known since the time of the Celts and Lepontic tribes: the rock carvings found on the Monti di Piazzogna, on an altar perhaps dedicated to the sun god, and the meadow outside the Hotel in Sass da Grüm above Vairano, identified as an ancient Celtic healing site.
Suggestion number 5: Mergoscia
The bell tower and the witches’ glen
The parish church of Mergoscia stands in a commanding position on the hillside above Lake Vogorno with a view stretching beyond it to Lake Maggiore. The bell tower is said to attract cosmic energy like a giant antenna. Another nearby power place is a shallow depression in the damp valley of Perbioi, also called the Witches’ Glen (Valletta delle Streghe).
Suggestion number 6: Monte Gambarogno
A power place on top of a mountain
The summit of Monte Gambarogno does not just offer spectacular views over Lake Maggiore and the Locarno Delta, but is also a noted earth energy convergence point. West of the peak, at Alpe Cedullo, there is a boulder with a natural bowl for offerings and a flat rock that looks very much like an altar.
Suggestion number 7: Monte Verità, Ascona
A place of exquisite beauty and peacefulness, the Monte Verità (Mountain of Truth) is regarded as one of the most important energy places in the Canton. Walking through its park we find the Valletta del Silenzio (valley of silence), boulders with exceptional geomagnetic fields, the hilltop of Balladrum with its Celtic past and the sanctuary church of the Madonna della Fontana, a place of pilgrimage with its holy well.
Suggestion number 8: Val Bavona
Alpine cultural trail
Whoever enters here will be enchanted by the icy hues of the waters and the elementary power of the rock-faces and huge boulders that mark the sides of this wild valley. The focal energy spot is located under the stone-arched bridge, just downstream from the village: it is water that creates the vital energy of this landscape, filling it with positive energy.
Suggestion number 10: the Madonna del Sasso
Sanctuary and place of power
The Sacro Monte della Madonna del Sasso in Orselina is one of the most important historic and religious sites in Canton Ticino. This place of power has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Two mountain streams flow into each other below the site, at the spot where, in 1480, the Madonna is said to have appeared to the hermit Bartolomeo of Ivrea.
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