The Lodano valley is characterised by ancient beech woods. A round walk through pristine scenery in the heart of the Maggia valley.
Providing a habitat for a rich natural and animal world, the Lodano valley with its ancient beech woods is on the official list for recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The red-and-white waymarked path starts by entering the woods at Lodano and climbing up to Castello, a large clearing with a stream and numerous rustici – just the spot place for a break.
The ascent to Alpe Canaa is both steep and long as it passes through the Lodano valley. The views at the top extend far beyond the confines of the Vallemaggia. The Capanna Alpe Canaa, a self-catering refuge, was restored in 2005 and is open from around mid-June to mid-October. Anyone taking two days to complete the tour could overnight here.
Now descend the flank of the Cramalína to Alpe di Pii and past the diminutive lake to Solada for panoramic views of and beyond the valley. The path then dips back into the woods and follows the last section of the road down through the vineyards back to Lodano.