If you are travelling around Valtellina, you absolutely must visit the local museums, with a wealth of ideas and interesting facts, they are a collection of artefacts testifying to history, art and local traditions. For example, the Valtellina Museum of History and Art in Sondrio, with seventeenth-century paintings and large canvases from the eighteenth century, including those by Pietro Ligari, the most important painter from Valtellina. Fit in a visit to the collegiate of San Lorenzo in Chiavenna, home to the Museum of Treasure, especially famous for the “Pace di Chiavenna” (Peace of Chiavenna), a valuable Gospel book cover from the twelfth century. The museum also has a huge collection of holy vestments and furnishings, as well as a rare eleventh-century musical codex. No less important are the ethnographic museums that will take visitors on a journey of discovery of popular traditions in Valtellina. A few examples? The Civic Museum in Bormio in the seventeenth-century Palazzo De Simoni, the Ethnographic Museum in Tirano.
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
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.