Top things to do in Valle Maggia

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

Cevio

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…
Swiss in Valle Maggia

Grotto Ca’ Rossa

Spilling onto a flower-strewn garden in summer and with a log fire blazing in winter, this grotto (rustic Ticino-style inn or restaurant) is an atmospheric spot for Ticinese specialities, from homemade pasta to butt…
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…
Swiss in Valle Maggia

La Froda

With a cracking view of Foroglio's wispy falls from its terrace, this osteria is simply lovely. Sit at one of five timber tables by the fireside for heaped servings of melt-in-the-mouth stinco di maiale (pork shank)…
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

Fusio

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 …
Music in Valle Maggia

Magic Blues

Valle Maggia cranks things up a notch in summer with this month-long open-air festival devoted to blues. Previous headliners have included Jane Lee Hooker and Animals and Friends. Visit the website for the full line…
House in Valle Maggia

Walserhaus

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…