The scale, which you can admire in all its beauty from the Lake, is composed of 404 sections and is considered the most grandiose overview upland. It was constructed in two phases. At first, David Moats, merchant and banker, born in Morcote in 1644, ordered his brother Domenico, the engineer, the project of the top of the scale, which leads from the secular and unique road Bridleway to the churchyard. The work was entrusted to contractors and builders and Isella, 5 years from 1727 to 1732, finalized the work. The scale was then donated by David Moats of Morcote, as a sign of thanks to the Virgin Mary, for the healing of malaria that struck him. The second trunk, which connects to the first cantonal road, was built in 1842 by the ticinese statesman Stefano Franscini, and was built between 1861 and 1863 by master builder Giacomo Rossi.