For some years now, the Maira valley has been transformed into a sort of Eden for mountain lovers, with 200 kilometers of marked trails between 600 and 2,700 meters above the sea level, which attracts more and more Italians hikers and especially foreigners. Germans and Swiss, in particular, have a real fondness towards this territory. The merit of this boom is attributable to the stages of the Great Crossing of the Alps that winds in the valley trails and the Occitan trails, a loop trail balcony that offers hikers an average level of concentrated training, difficult to find elsewhere in nature, history and art. This route was originally structured about twenty years ago, when a careful synergy between institutions, residents and foreign lovers of the Maira valley gave impetus to the restoration of the ancient trails that connect one village to another. It was then that the birth of the Occitan trails, still active, has developed and brought forward the project. Over the years has consolidated and made these trails a desirable destination for many hikers. Today there are more than fifty stopping places and inns, mostly family-run, offering hospitality, countless opportunities for leisure and a popular gourmet dining options along the way. It is important to say that one of the key texts on the Maira Valley, written by two Swiss journalists in 1999 and unfortunately only available in German, focused on the combination of hiking and gastronomy, as the title suggests: appetizers high und Wege ("appetizers and ancient paths").