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    Round Tour in the Valle del Salto, Maggia Valley

    Maggia - Pioda Chapel - Ovia - Ceir - Pioda Chapel - Maggia

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    Round Tour in the Valle del Salto, Maggia Valley

    Maggia - Pioda Chapel - Ovia - Ceir - Pioda Chapel - Maggia

    Published on 18.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 15.05.2016

    The Maggia Valley in the Ticino is renowned for its side valleys such as the Bavona, Lavizzara, Vergoletto, Bosco Gurin, Peccia… but some of the lesser known side valleys are also worth discovering, such as the “Valle del Salto” (Valley of the Jump, referring to the waterfall at the mouth of the valley) just East and above the town of Maggia.

    The valley is easy to access via a path that leads first through the heart of the town, then about 20 minutes up stone steps through vineyards and forest to the little chapel (Santa Maria della Pioda) perched on the top of the cliff. From the location of the chapel (which contains frescoes from the 15th century), you have splendid views down the Maggia Valley.

    The Valle del Salto consists of mostly heavily forested steep slopes with the odd pasture and cluster of renovated Rustici homes, reinforcing how beautiful the Ticino wilderness is, and how difficult life must have been for farmers of yore. Kilometers of retaining walls, well-laid stone steps, and small stone shelters hanging on the steep slopes attest to years of backbreaking work.

    The trail is mostly uphill toward the back of the valley and downhill coming out with a few level sections along the way, passing across several wild streams that cleave the slopes and many huge old hollowed-out chestnut trees along the way. At the back where a side trail heads steep uphill to pass into the Verzasca Valley is a small dam creating a couple of attractive pools…. A good place to stop for a picnic.



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    Published on 18.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 15.05.2016

    Route Details 

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    Time Required
    3 hours 45 minutes
    9 km
    690 m
    690 m
    Season Start / Season End
    May - October
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Santa Maria della Pioda Chapel
    Starting Point
    Maggia (Village)
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Maggia (Village)
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat

    Route Description 

    00:00 At the bus stop trail marker, follow the trail that goes to the right, toward "Cap. della Pioda"

    00:20 Arrive at the chapel. The round tour can be done in both directions, we started to the right of the chapel, up the stairs.

    From here the trail goes steadily uphill for the next 40 minutes before leveling off somewhat.

    01:15 Arrive at a lovely cluster of renovated Rustici homes, on a large open hillside

    01:20 Arrive at a bridge over a gorge.

    02:00 Arrive at the junction of the trail that goes up over the pass to the Verzasca Valley. There is a small power dam here. Cross the bridge; from here the trail ascends again for another 10 minutes before leveling off again.

    02:30 Arrive at the clearing marked Ceir on the map. From here the path should slowly start heading downwards back out of the valley.

    03:15 Arrive at the stone bridge high over the stream, just before heading back up to the chapel. From here you can also take a trail to the right back down to the village, or go up to the chapel and then back the same path.

    03:35 Arrive back at the bus stop.





    Wunderschoene Landschaft. Viel im Wald daher gut an heissen Tagen.
    Hiked on 15.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk
    Wunderschoene Landschaft. Viel im Wald daher gut an heissen Tagen.



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