A unique experience is waiting for you at Alp Piora: be enchanted by the traditions of alpine life and by the secrets of its famous specialties.
After a hike along the Lago Ritom nature trail, you and the master butchers of Ticinella (Rapelli SA) will discover the exclusive Prosciutto dell’Alpe Piora and the maturation cellar where the raw ham is gradually refined by the air of high mountains.
The visit is rounded off with an aperitif of typical Ticino specialites and wines.
The activity includes:
- Return ride on the Ritom funicular railway
- Hike on the nature trail along Lake Ritom
- Insight into the history and traditions of Alp Piora
- Guided tour through the raw ham maturation cellar of Alp Piora
- Aperitif with typical Ticino specialities and wine
Every Tuesday and Thursday.
Booking at least one week in advance.
Location: Funicular Ritom, 6776 Piotta
Group size: min. 10 max. 40
Languages: Italian, German, French
Price p.p.: CHF 55.-
Refining cellars with observation point
Alternatively, you can watch the Prosciutto Crudo Piora while it ages at almost 2,000 meters in one of the 3 cellars near Lake Ritom and Lake Cadagno.
The observation point of the aging cellar in Cadagno is open to the public and free access from June to September, thanks to two small windows that allow you to observe the aging process of Prosciutto Piora from the outside. It is in fact in this important phase that the scents of the pure mountain air give the ham its softness, rosy colour, sweetness and refined hazelnut note.
The aging cellar is located west of Lake Cadagno, in the heart of the Ritom-Val Piora Region, and is easily accessible thanks to the hiking trails that run along Lake Ritom or down from Lake Tom. The other two ageing cellars are located on the Alpe Piora, south-east of the lake and close to the famous cheese factory of the famous Formaggio Piora and the Cadagno hut. These are not open to the public due to accessibility restrictions.
- TYPICAL PRODUCTS Cold cuts