The children's hiking trail Maloja Village - Plan Cuncheta is always lots of fun even with toddlers too, whether with buggies or on foot at a leisurely pace. This stage has been specially adapted to a child's view of the world, offering lots to talk about and plenty of topics designed to appeal to young children.
The project is called Cià c'am va, which in the dialect of the Val Bregaglia roughly translates as «Come on, let's go!». Not that you need a special reason to be out and about when you're in the Val Bregaglia! The Italian-speaking valley, which incorporates Maloja and stretches as far as Castasegna, is as naturally rugged and wild in appearance as it was when first captured on canvas by the great artists.
1: Our hike begins in Maloja village, once the Stampa mountain pasture dotted with alpine huts. This is where farmers used to spend the summer with their families, tending to their livestock. There are a number of houses dating from that period to be admired in localities such as Cresta and Pila. 2: The trail continues to the studio of artist Giovanni Segantini. During the last few years of his life the artist found inspiration for his paintings here. 3: Illustrious guests once visited the Schweizerhaus, too, which as an osteria vecchia (old inn or tavern) was once an important stopping point for travellers heading south from the north. Its elaborate and finely crafted timber façade fascinated the likes of Sigmund Freud, who signed the guest book in 1898. 4: The village of Maloja inspired not just famous painters and thinkers, but also some of the pioneers of tourism such as the Belgian nobleman Count Camille de Renesse. While his stunningly ambitious plans such as the Belvedere tower and the Hotel Maloja Palace would be realised only much later, for many years they were unrivalled in their sheer scale. 5: Our trail continues on to Lake Sils, with many amateur anglers dotted around the shoreline or casting off in their rowing boats. This is also the site of Europe's highest navigation company, ferrying its guests to Sils via Isola and Plaun da Lej. 6: The Cuncheta bay lies nicely sheltered on the southern side of the lake, an inviting spot for children and parents alike to build little boats, skim stones across the lake's waters, or trace all sorts of tracks into the sand. 7: The nearby BBQ area is also the perfect place for a short rest or a picnic before the family sets off again on the return leg.
Note(s) The total hiking time has been generously calculated at three hours, excluding breaks. There are also several regional PostBus stops close to the starting point. Maloja does lie at 1800 metres above sea level, so don't forget to pack a jacket or pullover, even in summer!
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