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Great Regional Cultures: Walser

WALSER (WALSCHER) [WAE] 3,400 (1978 Fazzini). Val Lesa (Gressoney, Issime, Gaby), Valsesia (Alagna, Rima S. Siuseppe, Rimella), Valle Anzasca (Macugnaga). Also in Bosco-Gurin, Canton Ticino, Switzerland. Indo-European, Germanic, West, Continental, High.
Ancestors came from the Bernese Oberland between the 12th and 13th centuries. Close but distinct from Schwytzertusch spoken in Wallis Canton in Switzerland. Distinct from Cimbrian, Mocheno, or Bavarian. Used in church in Switzerland.
In Valle d'Aosta it has been influenced by Franco-Provençal and Piemontese; elsewhere in Italy by Italian.

This page exists because of the inspirations that I received
from many people.
Many thanks, Rodolfo from Mexico.

Two examples of Walser towns:

Macugnaga in Italy,
Bosco Gurin in Switzerland.

Separated by the border, nevertheless
united by the history of the past.

How to find the two towns:
Bosco Gurin is in the right superior part of the map.   Macugnaga is located in the left inferior part.


Macugnaga Comunità Walser,
il "TIGLIO SECOLARE" dell'anno 1200

The history of an enchanted village, Macugnaga: who has preserved intact the colours and atmosphere of the days, when the Walser, the first colons of Germanic origin to only trustees of the secret beauty of this natural dell at the foot of the Monte Rosa.

MACUGNAGA m.1327 s.l.m. La "PERLA" del MONTE ROSA.

                                                                                       Click in the photo below for a pretty surprise.


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Bosco Gurin, a small Walser Town in the Ticino,
This place is in the VALLEMAGGIA

What makes the Maggia Valley so attractive?
No doubt the landscapes, the picturesque sites and the variety offered to the visitor right from the entrance of the valley to the top of it at an altitude of 3000 m.
The region covers one fifth of the Ticino territory and has a rich historic past. Man has been living here and passing through for thousands of years. In our times the valley receives thousands of tourists (almost 500'000 overnights, and numerous day tourists). Famous destinations such as the church Madonna delle Grazie at Maggia or the village square and the museum of Cevio, then Bosco Gurin and the Val Rovana, the waterfall at Foroglio and the Val Bavona, or Fusio and the Val Lavizzara have become classic routes and excursions for those who like to discover the jewels of this great valley in the Southern Alps. Nature contributes freely to the attractions of the region: there are no less than 700 km of walkways and hiking routes, forty Alpine lakes, excursions for all levels of experience, and a rich animal and plant life to be discovered.
Bosco Gurin &Vallemaggia

The favourite destination of tourists who choose to pass through the Rovana Valley is no doubt Bosco Gurin, the highest commune of the Ticino canton (1507 m above the sea level). Its population are still to a good part the direct descendants of the original Walser colonialist. For twenty years now Bosco Gurin has been an attractive station for winter sports. No one should miss to see the terraces of Linescio. They are the monuments of a farmers' civilisation who knew to colonialize the Alps and learnt to survive in the remotest places. The village of Campo, on the other hand, boasts grand houses built by emigrants of the past centuries.



Images of Bosco Gurin


History about the Walser

History about Bosco Gurin

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Many thanks for the patience.
Rodolfo from Mexico