Giro della Valle del Salto
Giro della Valle del Salto

Hiking

Giro della Valle del Salto

Giro della Valle del Salto

Maggia–Maggia

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Giro della Valle del Salto

Giro della Valle del Salto

Hiking on historical footpaths in the untouched Valle del Salto near Maggia. In the shade of birches and chestnut trees, you pass the region’s typical country-style homes and pretty churches, including a votive chapel with frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Vanoni.
Attention: The signposting with the SwitzerlandMobility route number will not be ready until the 2021 season. This is a consequence of the Corona pandemic.

The hike to Valle del Salto starts on the left side of the Maggia River. The trail leads through the centre of the village of Maggia, for which the valley in the Ticino is named, and past terraced vineyards. A path with stairs takes the hikers through the forest to the chapel Santa Maria della Pioda (or della Cascata) above the waterfall. The chapel was built in the late Middle Ages and the views from here across the village and the valley are marvellous.

A beautifully restored pathway then follows, some of it provided with large flagstones and stone steps. A small votive chapel in Braiaa contains frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Vanoni (1818-1886). Particularly beautiful votive paintings by the local artist are found in the Madonna delle Grazie church south of the village of Maggia. In addition to chapels and wayside shrines, you will also come across typical stone “rustici” along the entire route. These rustici (country-style homes) often dramatically cling to the steep hillsides. The highest point of the tour is Canaa at 914 m. From here the trail descends through chestnut trees to Riale Salto where you cross the bridge of the lock to get to the other side of the valley. Those with excess energy can reach the Verzasca Valley by climbing over a small pass.

The route described here, on the other hand, takes the right turn-off and begins to gently rise again. A set of stairs crosses a small stream snaking through Valle del Ringio. The settlement Cassinella with its meadows, the views of the other side of the valley, traditional farm houses and a small chapel with an old chestnut tree in front are lovely sights to see. Across a gorgeous stone bridge you reach the Pioda chapel again, before the same route takes you back to Maggia.
Hiking on historical footpaths in the untouched Valle del Salto near Maggia. In the shade of birches and chestnut trees, you pass the region’s typical country-style homes and pretty churches, including a votive chapel with frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Vanoni.
Attention: The signposting with the SwitzerlandMobility route number will not be ready until the 2021 season. This is a consequence of the Corona pandemic.

The hike to Valle del Salto starts on the left side of the Maggia River. The trail leads through the centre of the village of Maggia, for which the valley in the Ticino is named, and past terraced vineyards. A path with stairs takes the hikers through the forest to the chapel Santa Maria della Pioda (or della Cascata) above the waterfall. The chapel was built in the late Middle Ages and the views from here across the village and the valley are marvellous.

A beautifully restored pathway then follows, some of it provided with large flagstones and stone steps. A small votive chapel in Braiaa contains frescoes by Giovanni Antonio Vanoni (1818-1886). Particularly beautiful votive paintings by the local artist are found in the Madonna delle Grazie church south of the village of Maggia. In addition to chapels and wayside shrines, you will also come across typical stone “rustici” along the entire route. These rustici (country-style homes) often dramatically cling to the steep hillsides. The highest point of the tour is Canaa at 914 m. From here the trail descends through chestnut trees to Riale Salto where you cross the bridge of the lock to get to the other side of the valley. Those with excess energy can reach the Verzasca Valley by climbing over a small pass.

The route described here, on the other hand, takes the right turn-off and begins to gently rise again. A set of stairs crosses a small stream snaking through Valle del Ringio. The settlement Cassinella with its meadows, the views of the other side of the valley, traditional farm houses and a small chapel with an old chestnut tree in front are lovely sights to see. Across a gorgeous stone bridge you reach the Pioda chapel again, before the same route takes you back to Maggia.
9 km | 1 Stage
740 m | 740 m
3 h 35 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Maggia, centro
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Signalization

Signalization 2021
The signposting with the SwitzerlandMobility route number will not be ready until the 2021 season. This is a consequence of the Corona pandemic.

Contact

Ticino Turismo
Via Canonico Ghiringhelli 7
6500 Bellinzona
Tel. +41 (0)91 825 70 56
info@ticino.ch
www.ticino.ch

Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization