High mountain chains, the border between the Northern and Southern Alps, fortifications and mountain passes: discovering Valtellina means tracing paths of great historic importance. Choose excursions along the itineraries of the Great War, starting with the Stelvio Pass and then up to the top of Mount Scorluzzo, the most advanced point on the front under Austrian control. In an intermediate area, Le Rese Alte, you will find military parade grounds and barracks, and further up, the trenches. A strategic point in the area of the Stelvio is the Ablès Pass, used by Italian troops to combat and control Austrian presence on Mount Cristallo, while along the itinerary that goes from the IV Cantoniera dello Stelvio to Cancano, a happy combination of history, nature and hiking. From Gavia to Pizzo di Vallumbrina, through to Cima Baviola and up to Monte delle Scale, a spectacular viewpoint over Bormio and upper Valtellina.
Valfurva (1339 m a.s.l.) is crossed by the torrent
Frodolfo. In this valley nature is rich
and unspoilt. The whole right hill
slope is part of the Stelvio National Park. The Valfurva is like a queen
crowned by the imposing ranges of the Ortles-Cevedale – with Italy’s widest
glacier of the Forni – and of the Gavia-Sobretta and gives pure emotions to all
lovers of alpine skiing, ski mountaineering, Nordic skiing and mountaineering. A
thrilling downhill on the Deborah Compagnoni ski run - the Olympic champion
born on these mountains – the enchanting route for Nordic skiing that runs deep
into the wood. In summertime the many Alpine huts all over the surrounding
mountains become delightful destinations for hikes or more demanding treks. If
you are a mountain bike fan you can choose from the simpler routes to the most challenging
ascents, which made the history of cycling: the Gavia, the Mortirolo and the Stelvio.
In Valfurva you can breathe fresh mountain air but also art and culture: in Uzza
do not miss the octagonal church of the Beata Vergine della Misericordia (early
XVIII c.) and the church of S. Rocco, which was probably erected in 777 and
rebuilt in 1491; in S. Nicolò the parish church of the Saints Nicolò and Giorgio,
which existed even before 1228; in S. Antonio the church of di S. Antonio
Abate, recorded in 1421, and the Museo
Vallivo della Valfurva (Valfurva’s
Museum of the Valleys).
Info: www.bormio.eu / www.santacaterina.it
Tel: +39 0342 945291
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.