Take a trip into the historical memory of Valtellina. You will find fortifications on rocky outcrops, such as the medieval Castel Masegra in Sondrio or, not far away, Castello Paribelli in Albosaggia. While the ruins of Castel De Piro al Grumello in Montagna in Valtellina overlook the terraced vineyards that produce the red wine of the same name, Valtellina Superiore DOCG, the “De li Beli Miri” Tower dominates Valtellina from the Teglio hill. In central Piazza Cavour in Bormio, you will come across the medieval Torre delle Ore and, nearby, the Castello De Simoni, today the town hall, while in Valchiavenna, between Gordona and Samolaco, there is Segname Tower, still intact. From Valdidentro to Teglio, from Valmalenco to Chiuro, through to Mello: many places stand as testimony to the past, including the towns of Chiavenna and Tirano, with the remains of the walls that Ludovico il Moro had built. Finally, do the rounds of the defence works from World War One, like Forte Venini di Oga in Valdisotto or Forte Montecchio Nord and the Fuentes fort in Colico, or the San Fedele lead mine tunnel in Verceia.
Tirano (441 m a.s.l.) is few kilometres far from
Switzerland, on the crossroads with the Alpine route – through the Aprica and
the Bernina passes – and the road to Sondrio and Milan to one direction and to
the Higher Valtellina to the other. In Tirano there is the only basilica of the
province: on 29th September 1504 the chronicles registered the apparition
of the Madonna to the Blessed Mario Omodei and so the Rainessance Sanctuary of
the Blessed Virgin Mary was erected. The Ethnographic Museum of Tirano is
situated on the same square of the Basilica. From a rocky cliff over the town
you can admire the little church of S. Perpetua (XI c.), which was an old hospice,
with medieval frescos, and little further on the church of S. Rocco. In the
town centre the ruins of the walls of the Sforzas and the Bormina, Milanese and
Poschiavina gates, the castle of S. Maria, many villas and palazzi such as the Palazzo
Salis, Palazzo d’Oro Lambertenghi - which today is a museum - and the clock
tower of the parish church of S.
Martino. Tirano is the terminus of the “Bernina Express", part of the UNESCO
heritage since 2008. Religious tourism, art, culture and breathtaking views
from the vans of the Bernina Express, but also sport, especially if you are a mountain
bike lover. The "Valtellina Rent-a-Bike" service is at your disposal.
Tirano is part of the Città Slow (Slow Towns) network too.
Tel: +39 0342 706066
Enjoy Valtellina bresaola Delicious, healthy cured beef, guaranteed by PGI marking, compliant with strict production rules and regulations and respect for tradition. Taste PGI apples from Valtellina, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Gala, excellent products with all the characteristics of mountain apples: crunchy, fragrant, aromatic and juicy. Discover the flavour of Bitto cheese, with all the aroma of mountain grass or savour Valtellina Casera cheese, a semi-fat dairy product with ancient tradition.