Dwarfed by the scale of the mountains and forests rising above it, the close-knit hamlet of Gresso, with a population of just 30, is scenically perched at 999m. You may find a lone osteria open for lunch here if you're lucky.

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1. Rasa

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2. Intragna

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3. Cevio

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4. Val di Campo

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5. Re

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6. Centovalli Railway

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7. Museo Casa Anatta

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8. Isole di Brissago

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