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Bignasco
Sentiero Cristallina
Sentiero Cristallina
Stage 1, Bignasco–S. Carlo (Val Bavona)
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Bignasco
Percorso Valle Maggia
Percorso Valle Maggia
Stage 2, Locarno–Cavergno
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Cevio
Bignasco

Bignasco

Bignasco lies where the Valle Maggia divides into the Val Bavona and Val Lavizzara. The unspoilt splendour of these remote Ticino valleys makes them an excellent hiking region, with refreshing bathing stops along the way in crystal-clear, ice-cold mountain streams.
Bignasco (altitude 443 metres) is situated where the Maggia and Bavona Rivers converge. The village has well-preserved late medieval buildings, such as the stone bridge, the 15th century village church and the chapels San Rocco (1597) and Santa Maria del Ponte (1512, with interior frescos). Other buildings worth seeing include two old grain stores raised on piles.

In 1965, a scheduled post bus route to Bignasco replaced the railway connection. Bignasco is a hub where passengers change to travel into the Val Bavona (San Carlo, cableway to Robièi, Cristallina hiking trail) and the Val Lavizzara (Fusio).

The San Giovanni Battista Church at Mogno in the Val Lavizzara was designed by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta, built using Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite and attracts visitors from near and far. The rest of the region has a wealth of ecclesiastical treasures too: chapels and frescos in Boschetto by Cevio, the valley’s capital, and the Parish Church of San Maurizio in Maggia, the oldest church in the valley, are just two examples.

The waterfall near the hamlet of Foroglio halfway up the Val Bavona is a spectacular natural display, with water cascading into the valley from an 80 metre-high rock face. Val Calnègia is a branch valley of Val Bavona that forks off to the west of Foroglio. Well off the beaten track, it is a valley of unspoilt natural beauty.

Crystal-clear, turquoise and deep blue-hued mountain streams with smooth, natural bathtub-like stone rock pools are very popular with summer bathers. Dare-devils and thrill-seekers can dive off an almost 30 metre-high rock face into the ice-cold water at Brontallo, one-time venue of the cliff-diving world championships.

A vast network of 700 kilometres of hiking trails runs through the Valle Maggia and its branch valleys. The «Sentiero della transumanza» criss-crosses the valley floor at Bignasco-Cavergno, leading through sweet chestnut, beech and alder forests to Foroglio. The Panorama Trail from Bignasco to Someo is also popular.

Highlights

  • Historic buildings – like many villages in the region, Bignasco has many well-preserved historic houses and barns as well as a beautiful stone bridge.
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno (Val Lavizzara) – small, Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite-built church by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta.
  • Foroglio Waterfall – 80 metre-high spectacular cascades down the mountain near the hamlet of Foroglio.
Bignasco lies where the Valle Maggia divides into the Val Bavona and Val Lavizzara. The unspoilt splendour of these remote Ticino valleys makes them an excellent hiking region, with refreshing bathing stops along the way in crystal-clear, ice-cold mountain streams.
Bignasco (altitude 443 metres) is situated where the Maggia and Bavona Rivers converge. The village has well-preserved late medieval buildings, such as the stone bridge, the 15th century village church and the chapels San Rocco (1597) and Santa Maria del Ponte (1512, with interior frescos). Other buildings worth seeing include two old grain stores raised on piles.

In 1965, a scheduled post bus route to Bignasco replaced the railway connection. Bignasco is a hub where passengers change to travel into the Val Bavona (San Carlo, cableway to Robièi, Cristallina hiking trail) and the Val Lavizzara (Fusio).

The San Giovanni Battista Church at Mogno in the Val Lavizzara was designed by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta, built using Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite and attracts visitors from near and far. The rest of the region has a wealth of ecclesiastical treasures too: chapels and frescos in Boschetto by Cevio, the valley’s capital, and the Parish Church of San Maurizio in Maggia, the oldest church in the valley, are just two examples.

The waterfall near the hamlet of Foroglio halfway up the Val Bavona is a spectacular natural display, with water cascading into the valley from an 80 metre-high rock face. Val Calnègia is a branch valley of Val Bavona that forks off to the west of Foroglio. Well off the beaten track, it is a valley of unspoilt natural beauty.

Crystal-clear, turquoise and deep blue-hued mountain streams with smooth, natural bathtub-like stone rock pools are very popular with summer bathers. Dare-devils and thrill-seekers can dive off an almost 30 metre-high rock face into the ice-cold water at Brontallo, one-time venue of the cliff-diving world championships.

A vast network of 700 kilometres of hiking trails runs through the Valle Maggia and its branch valleys. The «Sentiero della transumanza» criss-crosses the valley floor at Bignasco-Cavergno, leading through sweet chestnut, beech and alder forests to Foroglio. The Panorama Trail from Bignasco to Someo is also popular.

Highlights

  • Historic buildings – like many villages in the region, Bignasco has many well-preserved historic houses and barns as well as a beautiful stone bridge.
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno (Val Lavizzara) – small, Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite-built church by famous Swiss architect Mario Botta.
  • Foroglio Waterfall – 80 metre-high spectacular cascades down the mountain near the hamlet of Foroglio.

Arrival and return Bignasco

Adresse

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

Services

Accommodation

Capanna Basodino (Robiei) CAS
Capanna Basodino (Robiei) CAS
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Capanna Fiorasca
Capanna Fiorasca
Cevio
Capanna Pian di Crest
Capanna Pian di Crest
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Places of interest

Cascata di Foroglio
Cascata di Foroglio
La Ciossa 'd Tea
La Ciossa 'd Tea
Pumptrack Cevio
Pumptrack Cevio
The Museum of Valmaggia
The Museum of Valmaggia
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Hiking in

Bignasco
Sentiero Cristallina
Sentiero Cristallina
Stage 1, Bignasco–S. Carlo (Val Bavona)
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Cycling in

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