The Alps

Our last day in Lugano was Sunday, 18th March.  The weather was chilly and overcast but not raining and Marco and Soraia took us out for the day again, this time headed up into the Alps, well the Alpine foot hills, above Locarno.

Cevio

We drove up the Maggia valley leading north from the shore of Lake Maggiore at Locarno and followed it up above the snow line, passing through Cevio towards Val Bavona.  The valley seems to have old stone built villages every 1 or 2 km along its entire length.

Ritoro village
River at Mondada
River at Mondada
Church at Ritoro
Foroglio village

Self service cheese farm !
Fontana village

Originally working villages they are now predominantly holiday homes, but at the top of the valley we found a working farm selling goats cheese (an honesty box and an open fridge!) On the way back down we found a nice restaurant, the Grotto Baloi in Fontana, for a simple lunch of Polenta and Cheese.  Valeria was just happy with the roaring log fire!

It’s cold out side !!!!

From there we drove back down the valley to Locarno on the shores of Lake Maggiore and stopped for a wander around town before returning to Lugano.

Locarno town centre

Marco and Soraia treated us to another great day out in the magnificent countryside where they live.  Despite being overcast and a bit damp Valeria loved it because she hadn’t seen snow for, oh, about 2 weeks!!

But, sadly, this was our last day here; on Monday we catch the train south again to Florence.   It’s been fantastic to spend time with Marco and Soraia again and they made our first, fleeting, visit to Switzerland a great experience.