Despite its southern position which might suggest otherwise, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland is a fairly mountainous area, where precipitous cliffs and steep mountain sides contain pristine valleys, which are relatively unexplored. These remote valleys, of unique beauty, hide small hamlets, each with stone or wooden houses and its own little church, witnesses to a simple and hard life, yet one based on priceless human values. Here, history and traditions are the foundations of the present. Crystal-clear emerald rivers and dense forests of chestnut and beech trees offer pure and untouched nature.