SAN BERNARDO IN CURZUTT

A ROMANESQUE CHURCH IN A GENUINE TESSIN HAMLET

 

The San Bernardo church is an old-time location. It is only accessible on foot from Sementina and Monte Carasso or from the close Tessin hamlet Curzùtt.

It is surrounded by chestnut woods and stone rural houses, linked by the paved paths: an incredible location with an incredible view, which is great for a family day-trip.

 

 

The main building of the San Bernardo church is in Romanesque style and dates back to the 11th or 12th century – there aren’t reliable documents about it. The church’s area was expanded through two following restructuring measures and the bell tower and the porch at the entrance were added.
  
The oldest frescos date back to 1300; all the indoor facades were renovated, turning this wonderful church into a jewel surrounded by the woods.

 

The main door of the San Bernardo church with the view of the frescos.

 

As witnesses of ancient life, there are rural buildings and a nice fountain on the outside; the genuine rural village of Curzùtt has been renovated and enhanced by a local association during the years. 
You can reach Curzùtt by taking the gondola from Monte Carasso. The village also has a hostel that offers a full restaurant service.
 
The San Bernardo Romanesque church can be visited for free. If the front door is locked, you can ask for the keys to the hostel in Curzùtt
Following the path, you reach the Carasc Tibetan bridge – the entrance is free for the entire year. 
 
The “Curzutt – San Bernardo Church – Carasc Tibetan Bridge” itinerary is a great spring and fall hiking option for the whole family.

 

The Monte Carasso cable car – Mornera is tiny and can transport no more than 8 people at a time. To avoid long queues in high season, we suggest you book your ticket online with fixed ascent time.

On the way down, you will need to call the cable car by pressing a button inside a locker located on the top of the stairs at the Curzutt cable car station.

 

CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS

"The precious frescos’ colors and the mystic atmosphere of this little church surrounded by the chestnut woods"

 

 


WHAT TO DO AND VISIT NEARBY CURZUTT

 

AROUND THE CHURCH AND VILLAGE:

1. Visit the typical alpine village of Curzutt and the church of San Bernardo.

2. Take a selfie sitting on the Tibetan bridge of Carasc.

3. Stroll in the chestnut tree woods and visit the vineyards of Merlot at the bottom of the valley.

 

IN THE  NEARBY REGION:

1. Book an excursion to Brissago island by boat.

2. Take a day trip to the Verzasca valley.

3. Visit the Unesco heritage site at Bellinzona’s castles.

4. Discover the Cardada day trip.

5. Drive on the panoramic road of the Maggiore lake.

6. Visit Arona, Stresa and the Borromean islands.

7. Don't miss Ascona the peral of Lake Maggiore.

8. Reach the panoramic sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso above Locarno.

  


WHERE TO SLEEP NEARBY CURZUTT - HOTELS, B&B, APARTMENTS

 

The san Bernardo Church is located above the village of Sementina in the Tessin region. Sementina offers some hotels B&B and holiday houses. It is possible to find an accomodation in the village or in the panoramic villages of Lake Maggiore.

 

In the small alpine village of Curzùtt is possible to sleep in an Hostel: info and booking Hostel in Curzùtt.

 

 

Thanks to pictures, facilities informations and reviews, You can check easly the availability of Hotels, B&B and Holiday Houses in the area of Sementina and book the best solution for You, using this link:

 

BOOKING - HOTELS B&B HOLIDAY HOUSES NEARBY CURZUTT

 


HOW TO GET TO THE CHURCH OF SAN BERNARDO IN CURZUTT


The church of san Bernardo, is located near the village of Curzùtt, in the hills of Monte Carasso and Sementina, in Tessin, only a few kilometers from Bellinizona and the Lake Maggiore.

  

For those of you arriving by car, you should know that parking space is limited at the foot of the cable car. We advise you to park at the Monte Carasso town hall (300m from the cable car). There are excellent public transport connections by bus from Bellinzona and Locarno train stations in the Monte Carasso direction.

 

Once you arrive in the town of Monte Carasso, you can choose an easier route or a more difficult one. The first option entails taking the Monte Carasso- Mornera cable car and getting off at the first stop and then continuing on the old mule path for about 20 mins until you get to the Church. The second choice would be to walk up from the cable car station to Curzùtt and the Church. Aprox. 1hr 30min.

 

We opted for the shorter solution and we have to admit that the trip in the tiny cable car itself, was well worth the trip.

 

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