There is a certain energy in Maggia: although apparently a typical rural village, it has a somewhat urban atmosphere due to it being so close to Locarno. Grab a coffee and then follow the signs to Masnée. You follow a trail that takes you into woods and across mountain pastures, gently winding its way through one of the most beautiful valleys in the area: the Valle del Salto. Here you will come across a fine late medieval church, superb vineyards, awe-inspiring waterfalls... just one surprise after another. Allow about 5 hours to reach the Alpe Masnée mountain hut (2000 metres above sea level). Sitting amongst a delightful huddle of old barns and pens once used for stock rearing, this comfortable refuge provides all you need for a good night’s rest. Although you might be feeling tired after the day’s hike, the complete silence, the fresh air and the vast sense of space will fill you with joy and serenity. Rightly proud of having reached your destination, grab a shower and then enjoy your evening meal. No doubt you will want to share the emotions of your day with others. Indulge in this phenomenal sense of wellbeing!