Winter in Santa Maria Maggiore

A winter holiday in Santa Maria Maggiore is a wonderful experience and an opportunity for anyone to practise winter sports immersed in a fascinating atmosphere: alpine skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and paragliding. Enjoy all these exciting sports in Valle Vigezzo and go shopping in the main village of the valley where you can find traditional alpine shops.

In wintertime “Centro del Fondo di Santa Maria Maggiore” is the main attraction of Valle Vigezzo, thanks to its beautiful ski-trails. They go through fascinating landscapes and thick pinewoods and connect Malesco to Druogno, the other two main villages of the valley. The cross-country ski centre maintains 15 kilometres of ski-trails. Skiers can also experience the thrill of night skiing: a 2,5 km trail is lit for night skiing.

In the hamlet of Prestinone di Craveggia (2 minutes by car from Santa Maria Maggiore), you can find the modern cableway to reach the ski district of Piana di Vigezzo. It boasts 20 kilometres of slopes suited for all skiers, from beginners to experts. Piana di Vigezzo offers also a take-off area for paragliding: a flight over the valley, covered with snow, is really an unforgettable experience!

The slopes of “La Baitina” in Druogno are particularly suited for children and they complete the winter offer of Valle Vigezzo. Enjoy also the amusing sledge slopes! Snowshoeing is another fascinating activity that you can practise in Valle Vigezzo. Discover here the snowshoeing trails proposed by CAI Valle Vigezzo.

After an exciting day on the snow enjoy a tasty snack in the elegant old town centre of Santa Maria Maggiore, awarded “Bandiera Arancione” by Touring Club Italiano.

Excellent food can be tasted in the restaurants and pastry shops of the village: delicious recipes are prepared following the wise alpine tradition that mixes together poor and local ingredients respecting the ancient methods.
Enjoy the rich variety of delicious food products that can satisfy any taste. “Prosciutto Montano Vigezzino” is the traditional ham, slightly smoked with juniper berries, then wisely salted and aged. It has recently received the DE.CO label. Do not miss to taste the goat and cow cheeses made by Latteria Vigezzina, using only the milk produced in Valle Vigezzo.

Go shopping in the main village of Valle Vigezzo, where you can buy the local products and handicrafts. You can also visit here many art studios (do not forget that Valle Vigezzo is known as the Valley of Painters!). You can find here a lot of traditional shops where you can buy handmade wooden objects, elegant souvenirs or “pedule”, the traditional shoes of Valle Vigezzo. Santa Maria Maggiore boasts also numerous delicatessen and pastry shops, where you can buy the traditional food products. There is also a bookshop specialized in publications concerning mountains and alpine culture.

The journey to Santa Maria Maggiore can be a very fascinating experience in wintertime.
Go on board the white and blue train of the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway Line and enjoy the magic atmosphere of the winter season in Valle Vigezzo!

Santa Maria Maggiore is famous also for its Christmas Market, organised for the Feast of The Immaculate Conception (December, 8th). Plan your holiday and discover here the special offers of the accommodation facilities in Santa Maria Maggiore.
The magic of Christmas will delight you in Santa Maria Maggiore. Numerous interesting events and special openings of the museums will enrich your holiday experience here. Do not miss to visit the brand-new Casa del Profumo Feminis-Farina,  “Museo dello Spazzacamino” and “Scuola di Belle Arti Rossetti Valentini. Visit the updated page of the events to find out more details and information.

To Santa Maria Maggiore in winter with the train of the Ferrovia Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway Line

We are waiting for you in Santa Maria Maggiore to enjoy together a special winter season!

Photo slide: Maurizio Besana