Valle Maggia attractions

Valley in Valle Maggia

Val Bavona

A smooth road follows a mountain stream through this valley, where narrow meadows are cradled between steep rocky walls. Its tightly huddled stone and slate-roofed hamlets are irresistible. The impossibly pretty gre…
Village in Valle Maggia


The centrepiece of Cevio is its vibrant 16th-century Pretorio (magistrate’s court), covered in the family coats-of-arms of many of the area’s rulers, mostly from the 17th century. About 1km away, the heart of the Ol…
Dam in Valle Maggia

Robiei Dam

At the end of the Val Bavona, just after San Carlo, a cable car rides up to Robiei dam and its startlingly turquoise reservoir, tailor-made for a day’s mountain hiking. A trail also takes you deep into the dam for a…
Village in Valle Maggia

Bosco Gurin

A road of seemingly endless hairpin bends snakes up to this minor ski centre (with 30km of pistes) and high-pasture village of slate-roofed, whitewashed houses. It is the only village in Ticino where the main langua…
Valley in Valle Maggia

Val di Campo

A winding forest road brings you to this broad, sunny, upland valley. The prettiest of its towns is Campo, with scattered houses and Romanesque bell tower. The valley is closed off by Cimalmotto, which offers rugged…
Village in Valle Maggia


This pretty village sits surrounded by woods at the head of Val Lavizzara. From here the road leads to the dam holding back the emerald Lago Sambuco, from where you can hike to other lakes as well as north over the …
House in Valle Maggia


The heritage of Valais immigrants is explored in the artefacts on display at the stone-and-wood Walserhaus, which provides snapshots of a more rural way of life with its beautifully preserved interiors and furnishin…
Church in Valle Maggia

Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

The centrepiece of Mogno is this extraordinary 1996 cylindrical church designed by Mario Botta. The grey (Maggia granite) and white (marble from Peccia) interior doorway has a strangely neo-Romanesque air to it.