Lodano is a small village in the lower part of Vallemaggia, about 15 km from Locarno, at an altitude of 340 meters. A wide valley opens just above the village and its vineyards. Valle di Lodano is home to a large forest reserve with fascinating landscapes, rich with flora and fauna, and filled with testimonies of past human activities. These elements were restored and enhanced thanks to a large interdisciplinary project with a holistic approach. The project led to several landscape improvements as well as historical and scientific research.

Since 2021 the ancient beech forests of the Lodano Valley have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the context of the property "Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe".

Valle di Lodano Projects

Learn about the Forest Reserve as well as the project to enhance and protect the landscape.

Discover the History

Discover the history and stories of Valle di Lodano, from alpine activities to forest exploitation and charcoal production sites.

Explore the Nature

Explore the untouched nature of this magnificent valley, from forests to open spaces.

Suggested Itineraries

Discover Valle di Lodano through four thematic itineraries.

The Alp da Canaa Cabin and Other Shelter

Find shelter in any situation, whether at the Alp da Canaa cabin or in emergency huts.

Guided Excursions

Take excursions with competent guides to learn about the history and nature of Valle di Lodano.


Read about the wonders of Valle di Lodano in a book and brochure.


Take a peek at Valle di Lodano through aerial photography, black & white images, and videos.


Opening Alp da Canaa Cabin

We are pleased to announce that the Alp da Canaa Cabin will be reopened to the public as of Monday, May 15, 2023.

Closure Alp da Canaa Cabin

The Patriziato of Lodano announces that the Alp da Canaa Cabin will be closed to the public from Sunday, 30 October 2022.
Weather permitting, the reopening is scheduled for mid-May 2023.

Festa faggete UNESCO

Domenica 18 settembre 2022 (data di riserva: domenica 2 ottobre 2022) si terrà la festa per l’iscrizione sulla lista del patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO delle antiche faggete delle Valli di Lodano, Busai e Soladino. L'evento avrà inizio alle ore 11:00 presso il Palazzo comunale-patriziale di Lodano. Per maggiori informazioni, scaricare l'invito cliccando qui

Opening Alp da Canaa cabin

We are pleased to inform you that the cabin at Alp da Canaa will be reopened to the public from Monday 20 June 2022.

Concorso fotografico “Emozioni in faggeta”

Il concorso fotografico è rivolto agli amatori e ai professionisti ed è dedicato alle antiche faggete delle Valli di Lodano, Busai e Soladino, iscritte sulla Lista del Patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO lo scorso 28 luglio 2021, quale componente del bene seriale “Faggete primarie e antiche dei Carpazi e di altre regioni d’Europa”. Il concorso chiude il 28 agosto 2022.

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The beech forests of Valle di Lodano are part of the UNESCO World Heritage

On July 28, 2021, the World Heritage Committee approved the inclusion of the ancient beech forests of Valle di Lodano and those of Busai and Soladino in the UNESCO World Heritage list of sites, as part of the serial property Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe.

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