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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…
Railway in Centovalli

Centovalli Railway

River deep, mountain high... To see the valley in beautiful slow motion, hop aboard the staggering Centovalli Railway. Departing from Locarno for Domodossola (Italy; 1¾ hours, 11 daily), the dinky train trundles and…
Village in Val Verzasca

Corippo

Blink and you'll almost certainly miss this pint-sized hamlet, which looks as though it would topple down the terraced hillside with the slightest puff of wind. With a population of just 13, Switzerland's smallest v…
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…
Village in Val Verzasca

Lavertezzo

While the church-topped village is as pretty as can be, it plays second fiddle to the grandiose backdrop of thickly forested mountains and the jade-green Versasca River in Lavertezzo. The narrow, double-humped, Roma…
Village in Centovalli

Intragna

Perching on a rocky ledge at the confluence of the Melezzo and Isorno rivers and looking into a valley bounded by mountain beyond mountain, Intragna has a pop-effect and is the trailhead for a number of hikes, inclu…
Village in Centovalli

Rasa

Redolent of a more peaceful bygone age, Rasa is an utterly charming stone village, clinging to high slopes, combed through with neatly tended vegetable gardens and topped off with a campanile. There's little to deta…
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…