Once upon a time there were the Walser, a people of the Upper Valais that grew and grew in number
It came to pass that some went searching for fresh pastures for their cattle. On their quest for a new home, they came through the Val Formazza into the Valle di Bosco, a little side valley of the Vallemaggia, and founded the village of Gurin in 1253. Centuries may have passed, but a visit to Bosco Gurin still feels like a leap into the past. The inhabitants have maintained most of their customs, and their language – Ggurijnartitsch, a Swiss-German dialect that's still spoken alongside Italian and the local Ticino dialect. Bosco Gurin also stands out architecturally from the rest of the Ticino: it features a great deal of timber, which is rather atypical for this canton.