Blenio Valley: Flora, fauna and…a Chocolate Factory

©Ticino Turismo / Foto Alessio Pizzicannella

The day begins at the Centro Pro Natura in Acquacalda. Pro Natura is the oldest nature protection organization in Switzerland and offers numerous activities to discover the region. A pleasant walk on the Lukmanier Pass will bring us to observe the characteristics of the local flora and fauna. With a little luck, we will be able to spot some deer or hear their bellowing. The second part of the day will be dedicated to a visit to the former Cima Norma, the famous Chocolate Factory that was the economic engine of the Valley from 1903 until 1968. The factory now hosts a Film Festival, exhibition spaces and an artists' residence (Cima Città). It will be possible to visit the whole structure, the exhibition on the Film Festival, and a round table with various guests will explore topics such as history, economic geography, sociology, communication and project management.
Two students of the Academy of Architecture will share their experience at the former Cima Norma with the Atelier from arch. Paolo Canevascini "Reinventing the Factory".



Meeting Point

Mendrisio Campus and West Campus Lugano

Time slot

Full day


08:00 - 18:00

Minimum number required

This activity will take place with a minimum of 25 participants

Recommended clothing

Suitable for the weather condition, comfortable walking shoes
Up in the mountains, the temperature may drop. It is recommended to bring a hoodie or a jacket

Difficulty level



The groups will be mixed Italian/English


Not included, bring your packed lunch


In case of bad weather, the activity at the Pro Natura Centre will be cancelled, but the rest of the programme will remain unchanged