3 I Route 4. FAIDO. From Lucerne
way effects amore gradual descent by means of two circular or loop-
tunnels. At Dazio Grande the train crosses the Ticino by a bridge
(49 yds. long) commanding a fine view down the valley, and beyond
the Dazio Tunnel (382 yds.) and the Arloito Tunnel (78 yds.), it
enters the spiral Freggio Tunnel (1 M. in length; 105 ft. of
descent), whence it emerges in the midst of the defile of Prato.
The scenery here is very imposing. The train again crosses the
Ticino, passes through the Monte Piottino Tunnel (150 yds.) and
the Pardorea Tunnel (305 yds.), and enters the spiral Prato
Tunnel (1 M. long; 112 ft. of descent). Beyond the short Buscie-
rina Tunnel (60 yds.) we obtain a view of the beautiful valley of
Faido, with its luxuriant southern vegetation. The train again
passes to the left bank of the Ticino by the Polmengo Bridge
(71 yds.) and penetrates the Polmengo Tunnel (300 yds.).
82 M. Faido (2365 ft. ; Angelo; Prince of Wales; Hotel Vella),
the capital of the Leventina, is a village of thoroughly Italian
character. To the right of the railway is the picturesque water¬
fall of the Piumogna. — The train now follows the left bank of
the Ticino, where the traveller's enjoyment of the fine scenery
through which he passes is much interfered with by the numerous
tunnels. To the right lies Chiggiogna, with an old church. Near
(86 M.)Lavorgo the Cribiasca forms a fine waterfall on the right.
Farther on the Ticino descends through the picturesque gorge of
Biaschina to a lower part of the valley, the train making the de¬
scent by means of two contiguous spiral tunnels on the left bank.
There now follow in quick succession the La Lume Tunnel (482yds.),
the Pianotondo Viaduct (113 yds.), the spiral Pianotondo Tunnel
(nearly 1 M. long; 130 ft. of descent), the Tourniquet Tunnel
(74 yds.), the Travi Viaduct (67 yds.), and the spiral Travi
Tunnel (nearly 1 M. long; 118 ft. of descent). The train has now
reached the lower zone of the Valle Leventina, and recrosses the
Ticino by a bridge 55 yds. in length.
90 M. Giornico. About 1V4 M. from the station lies the pictur¬
esquely situated village of that name (1300 ft. ; Cervo; Corona),
with an ancient Lombard tower, and traces of fortifications near
the church of Sta. Maria di Castello. The old church of S. Niccolb
da Mira, in the earliest Romanesque style, is said to stand on the
site of a heathen temple.
Beyond Giornico the line recrosses the Ticino by a bridge
98 yds. long, and skirts the left bank. To the right is the fine
waterfall of the Cramosina. 94M. Bodio(1085 ft.; Posta). Beyond
Polleggio the Brenno descends from the Val Blegno (p. 40) and
falls into the Ticino. Two bridges carry the line across the two
branches of this river to —
97 M. Biasca (Hotel de la Gare; Grand Hotel Biasca, TJnione,
in the village; Railway Restaurant). The station lies 1 M. to the
S. of the village, which contains an old Romanesque church, situ-