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Lago del Sambuco

Lago del Sambuco is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 1.435m (4,708ft) above the sea level, located in the district of Leventina in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. The road to the lake is outstanding. It’s one of the scariest roads in the country and it’s normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos. Imagine what it must have been like before the barriers.

Starting from Lavizzara, at 760m above the sea level, the climb to the reservoir is 11.1 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 675 meters, and the average gradient is 6%, but some sections are up to 10%.

This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. The road includes a fabulous series of 12 hairpins and the road gets steep. The most challenging part of the road is three flat kilometres beside this large lake. The road goes on to Lago del Naret.
There is little room for error on this road. Do not travel this pass in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the lake spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by the lake unprotected by guardrails. 


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