The first part of the hike leads through the chestnut forest just below Soglio (Plazza and Brentan) with its beautiful old trees. The chestnut trees are still perfectly maintained by the locals and the annual chestnut festival takes place in autumn each year.
Castasegna is also the last village on Swiss soil, after which you already begin to feel the Italian flair.
The hike ends in Chiavenna, "the key of the Alps", which was already an important hub for the Romans on their journey to the Rhine basin. Today, it is a flourishing tourist and cultural town with an exceptionally well-preserved historical city centre.