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Santa Maria Maggiore to Rimella (Chiesa)

Day 44 of Grande Traversate delle Alpi (GTA), the famous long-distance hiking trail across the Italian Alps.

Hiking Moderate

7.8 km
604 m
568 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
974 m
High Point
1.4 km
Santa Maria Maggiore to Rimella (Chiesa) Map

Leaving the small picturesque border town of Santa Maria Maggiore, carry along the Swiss Italian border for a while, following the road past La Piana. Turn left after Villa Musy, climbing up in the direction of Riva, and then on to Belvedere at 1208m. Keep on climbing up to a small chapel and La Res, along the path 525. The path takes you on a winding journey through gentle mountain pastures and emerald forests to the fantastically beautiful Roncaccio Inferiore hamlet. Follow a dusty old track down to the main road, which you need to continue on for a little while as it climbs up to Rimella (Chiesa).




Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

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The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


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Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between March and October


  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers

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