A highlight is the discovery of the “tree of bread”, better known as chestnut, common in the Malcantone region today. An itinerary is available between Arosio, Mugena, Vezio and Fescoggia, demonstrating the importance of this tree in Ticino’s history and economy.
By covering the “chestnut in the woods” itinerary in the Capriasca region, there are other attractions on offer, including little churches dedicated to Saint Zeno and to Saint Clemente; the tranquil lake Origlio; the mysterious old Redde tower, part of an abandoned village; and a copy of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, preserved in the parish church of Ponte Capriasca.
There are also Autumn food events, including special offers around Lake Maggiore, in Valle Verzasca, and in the Mendrisiotto region.
Other dates not to be missed include: the alpine-cheese event in Bellinzona’s old center and the festival of Ticino regional produce, Sapori e Saperi, on the last weekend of October in Mendrisio, boasting market display and tastings.