Formazza, or Pomatt in the Walser language, is the oldest colony founded by these Germanic peoples during their 13th-century migrations beyond the borders of the Canton of Valais, over the Gries Pass. This leap into the past alone gives you an idea of the cultural wealth of this unique valley on the border with Switzerland.
In reality, however, the Formazza Valley contains many other treasures. The majestic peaks are criss-crossed by countless paths that allow even less-experienced walkers to reach high altitudes, opening up spectacular views. In winter, the mountains change their clothes and become white frames for a thousand outdoor activities: Nordic skiing (the Formazza Valley is a real paradise for this discipline, with more than 30 kilometres (18 1/2 miles) of slopes distributed between the rings of San Michele and Riale), alpine skiing, snow shoeing, ski mountaineering, fat biking and many more.
In the Formazza Valley, you can experience first-hand the great Walser heritage: in the houses of its small hamlets, in the towns, in the surviving traditions, in artefacts and in the typical local cuisine. A deep wedge in the heart of the Lepontine Alps, the undisputed symbol of which is the majestic Toce Waterfall, which at a spectacular 143 metres (469 ft) high is the most powerful waterfall in Europe.