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Maggia
Giro della Valle del Salto
Giro della Valle del Salto
Route 611, Maggia–Maggia
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Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 2, Locarno–Cavergno
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Diversity is the motto of the Valle Maggia in Canton Ticino. The valley encompasses diverse landscapes and terrains, ascending to peaks of over 3000 metres altitude. Maggia village (332m) lies in the lower section of the valley.
The Madonna delle Grazie Church is the main attraction of the village of Maggia. Lavishly embellished with Renaissance frescos and votive paintings by Giovanni Antonio Vanoni, the 15th century church is one of the oldest in the Valle Maggia. Vanoni (1810 - 1886) was a master in the depiction of agricultural scenes and hailed from the hamlet of Aurigeno, 2km away, where he painted the vaulted choir of the S. Bartolomeo Parish Church.

A steep ascent leads from Maggia village to the mountain village of Cortone (1274m altitude), revealing a majestic view as far as the snow-capped peak of the Basodino (3272m). The Valle Maggia has a network of hiking trails covering a distance of 700 kilometres in total, leading to over 40 mountain lakes and giving access to rich flora and fauna.

The Valle Maggia, called Val Sambuco in its upper section, descending as Val Lavizzara and known as Val Maggia from Bignasco to the valley entrance, is one of the longest Alpine valleys in Canton Ticino and covers together with its branch valleys 568 square kilometres, which is around one fifth of the entire area of Canton Ticino. It has diverse landscapes and terrains: the upper sections, especially the branch valley Val Bavona that forks off at Bignasco, has Alpine scenery with high peaks, whereas the lower sections descending to the valley entrance at Ponte Brolla enjoy a mild climate and picturesque valley landscape. Many of the remote branch valleys have been depopulated by emigration, leaving deserted mountain pastures and hamlets, while in other parts of the valley, many typical rustic buildings have been converted into holiday homes.

The centre of tourism in the Valle Maggia is the neighbouring villages of Bignasco, Cavergno and Cevio.

A visit to the valley museum in the historic part of Cevio reveals insight into historic valley life. The exhibition documents progress and development as well as the often harsh living conditions in the valley. There is another museum at Bosco Gurin in a characteristic wooden house that is dedicated to the history of the Walser, German dialect speaking immigrants who settled at the far end of this small branch valley.

The banks of the Maggia are an ideal place to relax. The Maggia finds its way from the glacier at Basodino through the valley, forming several impressive waterfalls and small natural pools for bathing. Examples of these are the typical natural water basins beneath the bridge at Aurigeno.

Highlights

  • Church of Madonna delle Grazie in Maggia – lavishly embellished 15th century church with renaissance frescos and one of the oldest churches in the valley.
  • Valley museum in Cevio – exhibition showing the agricultural past of the valley and harsh living conditions in earlier centuries.
  • Mountain lakes of Robiei – access by cableway to the lakes at the foot of the Basodino at the far end of Val Bavona.
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno (Val Lavizzara) – small, Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite-built church by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta.
Diversity is the motto of the Valle Maggia in Canton Ticino. The valley encompasses diverse landscapes and terrains, ascending to peaks of over 3000 metres altitude. Maggia village (332m) lies in the lower section of the valley.
The Madonna delle Grazie Church is the main attraction of the village of Maggia. Lavishly embellished with Renaissance frescos and votive paintings by Giovanni Antonio Vanoni, the 15th century church is one of the oldest in the Valle Maggia. Vanoni (1810 - 1886) was a master in the depiction of agricultural scenes and hailed from the hamlet of Aurigeno, 2km away, where he painted the vaulted choir of the S. Bartolomeo Parish Church.

A steep ascent leads from Maggia village to the mountain village of Cortone (1274m altitude), revealing a majestic view as far as the snow-capped peak of the Basodino (3272m). The Valle Maggia has a network of hiking trails covering a distance of 700 kilometres in total, leading to over 40 mountain lakes and giving access to rich flora and fauna.

The Valle Maggia, called Val Sambuco in its upper section, descending as Val Lavizzara and known as Val Maggia from Bignasco to the valley entrance, is one of the longest Alpine valleys in Canton Ticino and covers together with its branch valleys 568 square kilometres, which is around one fifth of the entire area of Canton Ticino. It has diverse landscapes and terrains: the upper sections, especially the branch valley Val Bavona that forks off at Bignasco, has Alpine scenery with high peaks, whereas the lower sections descending to the valley entrance at Ponte Brolla enjoy a mild climate and picturesque valley landscape. Many of the remote branch valleys have been depopulated by emigration, leaving deserted mountain pastures and hamlets, while in other parts of the valley, many typical rustic buildings have been converted into holiday homes.

The centre of tourism in the Valle Maggia is the neighbouring villages of Bignasco, Cavergno and Cevio.

A visit to the valley museum in the historic part of Cevio reveals insight into historic valley life. The exhibition documents progress and development as well as the often harsh living conditions in the valley. There is another museum at Bosco Gurin in a characteristic wooden house that is dedicated to the history of the Walser, German dialect speaking immigrants who settled at the far end of this small branch valley.

The banks of the Maggia are an ideal place to relax. The Maggia finds its way from the glacier at Basodino through the valley, forming several impressive waterfalls and small natural pools for bathing. Examples of these are the typical natural water basins beneath the bridge at Aurigeno.

Highlights

  • Church of Madonna delle Grazie in Maggia – lavishly embellished 15th century church with renaissance frescos and one of the oldest churches in the valley.
  • Valley museum in Cevio – exhibition showing the agricultural past of the valley and harsh living conditions in earlier centuries.
  • Mountain lakes of Robiei – access by cableway to the lakes at the foot of the Basodino at the far end of Val Bavona.
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno (Val Lavizzara) – small, Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite-built church by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta.

Arrival and return Maggia

Adresse

Ascona-Locarno Turismo
Infodesk Maggia
Centro Commerciale
6673 Maggia
Tel. +41 (0)848 091 091
vallemaggia@ascona-locarno.com
www.ascona-locarno.com

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Eco Hotel Cristallina
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Hiking in

Maggia
Giro della Valle del Salto
Giro della Valle del Salto
Route 611, Maggia–Maggia
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Cycling in

Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 2, Locarno–Cavergno
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