If you think the views so far have been fantastic, the next stretch will leave you speechless. The Valle Bavona is, perhaps, the most iconic of areas in the whole of the Maggia Valley region. In just a few kilometres it manages to contain some of the most important and best kept examples of rural life in the whole of the Swiss Alps. The route takes you past some magnificent villages, peat bogs, barns and “splüi” (caves under overhanging rocks), as well as many churches and chapels bearing witness to the strong faith the people bore to the Church in times past. Allow about one hour to reach Foroglio, a pretty village about halfway down the valley and sitting at the entrance to Val Calnègia, another charming valley just waiting to be explored. The fittest of you might wish to set off immediately, but there are some marvellous “grotto” restaurants here to tempt you to pause a while and enjoy the local fare. Gastronomy also plays an important role in the culture of a region, so why miss the opportunity to taste it? Those who have already done so will jump at the chance. If you have yet to experience it, prepare to be amazed! Rested and refuelled, continue on to San Carlo (about 1 hour biking) or, if your interest has been aroused, go as far as Cevio and stop at the ethnographic Valmaggia Museum. This is well worth a visit, allowing you to really understand and appreciate this great valley. Then continue on to your overnight accommodation.