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Bignasco - Foroglio waterfall

In Val Bavona, where a lot of electricity is generated (three power stations and three reservoirs), there is no electricity, with the exception of San Carlo, so you have to make do with solar cells, gas, small water turbines, candles, kerosene and other things.

Impossible not to mention the Foroglio waterfall, which falls from a 110m high cliff to the valley, and the Val Calnegia, which can be reached from Foroglio.

An educational trail on the subject of "Alpine lift and retreat in the Bavona Valley" begins in the villages of Cavergno and Bignasco and leads hikers in several stages along the valley floor to Terra di Foroglio, to Pontido and through the Calneggia Valley to the alpine meadows at over two thousand meters above sea level. Like other alpine valleys, the history of the Bavona valley is deeply shaped by the seasonal movements of the population. In the Bavona valley, this custom, along with the traces left by humans, is still clearly recognizable today.

Defaced by ice, destructive landslides and raging floods, Bavona is a valley where man had to pay heavily for his settlement.

You walk along a path on the right side of the Bavona and very soon you enter the forest in the valley floor. After a short ascent, an almost flat path leads to the mills (533m). Now you change to the other side of the valley: the hiking trail leaves the road at a chapel and, going up, you come to a wooded area in Mondada. There are numerous traces of the old reclamation, including wide terraced surfaces. You can reach the bridge over the Larèchia river and then, in a few minutes, Fontana.

This is the largest parish in Bavona. You can see remarkable stone buildings between the rocks, such as the small oratory, which adapts perfectly to the rocky protrusions. At the grotto there is an inscription on a rock that reminds of the unfortunate landslides that buried the village in 1594.

Soon an old path will be restored between Fontana and Ritorto, but at the moment you are walking along the asphalt road for 2 km. Halfway there is Sabbione, with its few houses at the foot of a large rock. Cellars and stables with different functions have been built under this and other rocks. The Maggia Valley Museum is in the process of developing a study of these individual buildings.

After Sabbione the valley widens a little. After a short time you reach Ritorto, a small community behind the oratory, where you will find a beautiful grotto at the foot of a large rock. You continue to a narrow path that leads off the road. Here you will be accompanied by the deafening noise of the Foroglio waterfall, which marks the end of this first stage.