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Valle Maggia

Valle Maggia Introduction

Valle Maggia is located in a valley of the river of Maggia in Ticino. It is located in Switzerland. 

The valley has a number of quaint little villages with houses made out of stone, dairy farms and vineyards. In the mid-1800s, a lot of families moved to Australia and America because of food problems, a population that couldn’t take care of itself, and economic issues. 

For instance, the towns of Giumaglio and Lodano currently have a joint population of roughly 200 people compared to the more than 500 people they had living there in the 1800s. The biggest industries in the valley outside of tourism are dairy production and stone quarrying. 

The road that goes from Locarno and transverses the valley leads to other ones: the Valley of Vale di Peccia, Val Sambuco, Val Bavona, Val di Campo, Val Lavizzara, Bosco Gurin, and they are all part of the district of Vallemaggia. 

There are tall waterfalls, and they are a typical sight in that region, because a lot of mountain streams flow into the Maggia River. In a span of less than 40 km, the Maggia River flows from the base of a glacier to Lake Maggiore. It starts with fauna from the tundra at its source and ends with tropical fauna. 

The beautiful wilderness of the valley of Maggia is the backdrop for a great mountain bike tour, which is difficult even for serious mountain bikers. Even though the beautiful landscape and quaint villages could seduce you with their old stone houses on the first leg of the tour, the second part of it will require your full concentration to complete. This is a challenging trail from Someo on to Lodano, and there is no room for mistakes of any kind. It is really only a suitable trail for really experienced mountain bikers. Anyone who decides to do this tour can get off his or her bike and walk it down, if that is necessary. 

Come experience Valle Maggia for yourself. You can always rent a mountain bike, and even if you are not an experienced mountain biker, there are miles and miles of hiking trails you can walk and explore on. The valley has old stone houses that show the character and spirit of what Switzerland is all about.

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