Valle Vigezzo is a longitudinal valley in the Lepontine Alps: this wide plateau (at 800m above sea level) is a natural “corridor” of glacial origin between Ossola and Ticino. It is known as “Valley of Painters” not only for its enchanting and inspiring views, but also for the ancient artistic tradition and painting skill of some inhabitants.
Valle Vigezzo is crossed by a narrow-gauge railway line, called Ferrovia Vigezzina-Centovalli, that connects Domodossola to Locarno. This is really one of the most scenic railway-lines of the Alps.
Its moderate altitude, enchanting landscapes, the closeness to Parco Nazionale Val Grande, the wide choice of outdoor activities will make your holiday experience in Santa Maria Maggiore and in Valle Vigezzo really wonderful.
For art lovers, Valle Vigezzo is the perfect destination thanks to its rich artistic patrimony as well as all the special artistic events that are organized in every season.
Also sport-loving people will find here the ideal place for their holidays with many activities and sports facilities (beautiful hiking trails, riding schools, tennis courts, golf and miniature golf courses, swimming-pools, boules rink, archery, soccer fields, an exciting adventure park, gyms, rock climbing, gliding, etc.).
A winter holiday in Santa Maria Maggiore will give you special emotions thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and its stunning nature.
In wintertime Valle Vigezzo offers numerous and exciting outdoor activities: skating rink, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and snowshoeing. Everyone will be satisfied. In particular if you love snowshoeing, visit the page dedicated to the snowshoeing excursions pointed out by CAI Valle Vigezzo.
Thanks to its numerous winter sports facilities and some excellent accommodation facilities, Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the heart of Piedmont’s Alps.