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Valtellina: cosa vedere

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Where Valtellina is located

Valtellina is located in the north of Lombardy, on the border between Italy and the Swiss canton of Grisons. It is divided into two side valleys: the Spluga Valley (or Val San Giacomo), which branches off from the town of Chiavenna and ends at the Spluga Pass, and the Val Bregaglia (or Mera Valley), which leads from Chiavenna to the Maloja Pass , on the Italian-Swiss border. The main tourist areas are the Morbegno area in the lower valley, the middle Valtellina area around the capital Sondrio where the splendid Valmalenco is located, the Tirano area east of Sondio and the Alta Valtellina north of Tirano with the center of reference Bormio arriving then up to Livigno.

1. Why visit Valtellina

Valtellina is an ideal tourist destination all year round thanks to its renowned spas, beautiful lakes and breathtaking landscapes. Rich in art and culture with numerous churches, palaces, towers and castles. Among the most famous ski resorts we find Bormio, Livigno, Santa Caterina, Madesimo in Valchiavenna, Chiesa Valmalenco and Aprica. These offer over 400 km of slopes dedicated to alpine skiing and more than 200 km to Nordic skiing.

2. What to see in Valtellina

An ideal place for those who want a relaxing holiday, where they can regenerate mind and body in the famous themal springs, admire lakes with turquoise waters and taste the excellent local cuisine. Not to be missed:

1. Cancano lakes, artificial basins to power the Premadio hydroelectric plant. Place of incredible beauty with its landscapes of rare beauty
2. Bernina Red Train which connects the Italian terminus, Tirano, to the renowned Swiss town of the Engadine, St. Moritz. It belongs to the Rhaetian Railway, and since 2008 it has become a Unesco World Heritage Site.
3. Passo dello Stelvio one of the highest passes in Italy. Famous for its numerous hairpin bends and for the beauty of the landscapes that can be admired along the way.
4. Stelvio Natural Park, a protected natural area where you can go trekking.
5. Bormio, a village in the Alta Valtellina, a few km from the Cancano lakes. Characterized by three spas: old baths, new baths and spas with over thirty treatments between outdoor and indoor pools
6. The Towers of Fraele, signal towers of medieval origin.
7. Castles of Grosio two ancient fortifications: the Old Castle, or of San Faustino (X-XI century) and the New Castle or Visconteo (XIV century)

3. What to eat in Valtellina

1. Pizzoccheri, noodles made from a mixture of wheat flour and buckwheat flour.
2. Bresaola
3. Sciatt, pancakes filled with melted cheese
4. Bitto, mountain cheese matured for at least 70 days.
5. Polenta taragna made with mixed corn and buckwheat flours

4. How to reach Valtellina

By car
1. For those coming from the South, from Milan take the Spluga highway 36 which, passing through Colico, reaches Chiavenna. Shortly after Colico the Stelvio state road 38 starts, which crosses all the main towns of Valtellina (Morbegno, Sondrio, Tirano) up to Bormio and the Stelvio pass.
2. For those coming from the North, the reference exit is Pizzo, from the Pizzo Calabro tollbooth it is only 6 km away. accessible in just 6 minutes by car.

On the train
Milan - Tirano line
Stops: Milan Central - Monza - Lecco - Varenna - Bellano - Colico - Morbegno - Sondrio - Tresenda / Aprica / Teglio - Tirano

By plane
The closest airports are those of Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa and Bergamo Orio al Serio.