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Cappella Santa Maria della Pioda
Photo: Mariano Berri, Ascona-Locarno Tourism
A round walk through the pristine Valle del Salto valley above the mighty Maggia waterfall.
Distance 8.8 km
Highest point874 m
Lowest point327 m
A long flight of steps leads from the old centre of Maggia village up to the chapel of Santa Maria della Pioda. You then pass vines (the location is unique), cross the old stone bridge (looking down is not recommended for those with vertigo!) and turn right at Bivio Voipo, where the red-and-white waymarked path into the Valle del Salto starts.
The steadily ascending path penetrates deep into this wild valley, passing rustici, some of which occupy the most impossible locations such as extremely steep slopes. You traverse Canaa on your way down to the little Maiasco dam.
Before descending, the path climbs again into the Valle di Ringio. Go down the iron steps to the starting point of the chapel of Santa Maria and back to Maggia (bus to Locarno according to timetable). The village has restaurants, and you could consider a dip in the pool at the foot of the glittering waterfall (Cascata del Salto).
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From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Maggia, Centro. Return from Maggia, Centro: Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:
32T 477350 5121392
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
Telescope sticks if necessary,
Sun and rain protection
Snacks and drinking water
First aid kit
Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
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