La Costiera dei Cech

Characterized by beautiful terraced vineyards and picturesque hamlets, is accessible from Morbegno 


The roads on the sun-kissed northern slopes of the valley are studded with impressive examples of rural architecture, from stone buildings to traditional woodsheds and haybarns, creating a kind of real-life Nativity scene further embellished by small votive chapels and churches. Access to these sunny terraces, which extend from the mouth of the Valchiavenna to the entrance to Valmasino, is from Morbegno. At Durbino continue on to Cino and the Parish Church of Saint Giorgio. Further on, through the vineyards, is Cercino and, after a short climb on the mule tracks, the road passes through San Giovanni di Bioggio, which has an interesting church, and on to Mello and the Church of Saint Fedele

Between each village, you simply must stop in a local bar or restaurant for a plate of pizzoccheri or sciatt washed down with a glass of the fine red wine of the area. The hillside route continues up the valley above the plains of Morbegno in a harmonious blend of nature and human intervention through Civo and the Church of Saint Bernardo to Roncaglia and the Church of Saint Giacomo. Civo, Chempo, Caspèano, and Cadelpicco, followed by Dazio, create a kind of circle of bell towers. The mild climate in this area makes it one of the most densely populated parts of Valtellina and suitable for all sorts of agriculture, including olive- and wine-growing. The best time to visit is in Autumn. In September and October, the region celebrates harvest time with several exciting events in Morbegno, where you can enjoy wine tastings at the cellar door, visit historic buildings, and experience the Gustosando in Valtellina culinary itinerary and the Sentiero del Vino on the Costiera dei Cech.