Animal-focused activities for children

Suggestions for enjoying Valtellina with the whole family

 

Observatory of the Alpine Eco–Fauna

At the Observatory of the Alpine Eco-Fauna of Aprica you can see many animals, such as deer, ibexes but also diurnal and night birds.

It is possible to visit the Observatory of the Alpine Eco-Fauna just through a guided tour: the reservation is required. For more info, contact the Tourist Office of Aprica (tel. +39 0342 746113 | info@apricaonline.com

Alpacas

Alpacas are gentle, curious, tame and quite simply adorable! They make wonderful companions for children – and adults – to spend a day walking and enjoying other activities with them.

CONTACTS

Alpacas la Foppa: via S. Elisabetta, 70 - Caspoggio (Valmalenco) | +39 348 8893857| ladina.denoth@yahoo.it | www.alpacaslafoppa.com
La Bella Vita Alpaca: via dei Fossi 12, Loc. Busteggia Piateda (vicino a Sondrio) | +39 392 2329786 (Stefano) | +39 393 4360308 (Davide) | labellavitaalpaca@gmail.com | www.labellavitaalpaca.com 


Guided visit to the Malga

VALFURVA
Guided visit to the Malga dell’Alpe with traditional snack and workshops for children
Every Wednesday in July and August, the barns are open so that visitors can help with milking and interact with the animals. Then, what could be better to finish the day than a delicious afternoon tea with local products? Every Friday in July and August, children can participate in educational workshops to collect and transform raw materials into authentic farm produce for tasting.   

Info: Malga dell’Alpe, Strada del Gavia (SO) Tel. +39 0342 935544 (tourist office) | +39 347 2570023 | info.valfurva@bormio.eu | www.santacaterina.it 

LIVIGNO
Guided visit to the Malga Vago and milking
Every Monday and Wednesday from 17 June to 4 September visitors can learn about and try their hands at milking and taste the fresh, raw cow’s or goat’s milk.

Guided visit of the calf shed
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 18 June to 5 September you can enjoy a unique hands-on experience at the Azienda Agricola Alpe Livigno getting to know the workings of the calf shed and feeding the calves. The visit ends with a tasting session of 100% fresh and natural products.

Info: Tourist office of Livigno, Plaza Placheda |  Tel. +39 0342 977800 | info@livigno.eu | www.livigno.eu   


Educational farms

Childhood experiences last a lifetime, and Valtellina’s many educational farms offer a world of authentic, natural experiences to explore. Living amongst nature, learning what it means to be a farmer or producer, respecting the animals and looking after them, gaining a better understanding of (healthy) food life cycles – these are just some of the many themes that are covered in an entertaining way. 

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Dog sledding

In Valdidentro, both in Winter and Summer, you can feel the emotion to drive a sled drawn by husky dogs. From 13 years on, you will drive your sled on your own after a detailed briefing, while children aged 3 to 12 will be transported into the sled bags exclusively by the instructors.

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Donkey excursions

TEGLIO
ASD PICCH nonsoloasini (“not just donkeys”) offers short- and medium-length excursions around Teglio
Cà Frigeri 17 - loc. Picch nei pressi di Cà Frigeri lungo l’antica strada romana |  Tel. +39 339 1920484 | serafinidanilo@gmail.com

VALDIDENTRO
Every Friday from 19 July to 23 August you can embark on an excursion with donkeys in the exquisite Val Viola (optional lunch in a refuge). The excursion includes readings and animated storytelling along the way.  
Info: Tourist Office of Valdidentro, piazza IV Novembre 1 | Tel. +39 0342 985331 | info.valdidentro@bormio.eu | www.bormio.eu

Horse riding

Horse riding in Valtellina is an absolute must if you enjoy interacting with animals. Throughout the region, numerous equestrian centres offer excursions and lessons.

Contact the Info Points of the territory for more information

Zebras, dromedaries, camels and ...

In Somaggia (Valchiavenna), Dartemis Villa Contis Kennel raises animals such as zebras, parrots, dromedaries, camels, llamas, birds of prey, cranes and mongooses – thanks to the area’s unique microclimate. Here you can enjoy a slice of Africa and other exotic destinations in Valtellina!

Info: Dartemis Villa Contis Kennel, loc. Zocchi 1 Somaggia (Samolaco) | Tel. +39 338 8045656 | marcoandretta@libero.it | www.dartemisvillacontiskennel.it