Beyond the lakes the real appeal lies in Ticino’s hidden valleys, where streams of dazzling blue burble past chestnut woods and granite hamlets pasted onto hillsides, and rustic taverns called grotti dish up polenta and brasato (beef braised in red wine) with local Merlot. The Valle Maggia is particularly beloved of mountain bikers and hikers, with 700km of trails to explore, including the challenging, 52km, six-day Via Alta, showcasing the region’s best.

If after all that you’re still craving adventure, get yourself over to the rugged Val Verzasca, bisected by its namesake emerald river and crisscrossed by the Sentiero Verzasca trail. Almost every Alpine activity imaginable is offered in this valley: from hiking and cycling to rafting, bouldering, paragliding and bungee jumping from the 220m Verzasca Dam, which starred in the opening scene of Golden Eye.