The Cassandre footbridge

Majestic views await on this family-friendly route from the centre of Sondrio to up high on the footbridge over the Mallero, which links the villages of Mossini and Ponchiera


The Cassandre's ring: the route

There are a number of ways to reach the Cassandre footbridge, but the most scenic route starts in Sondrio’s Piazza Campello and follows Via Dante until Piazza Cavour or Piazza Vecchia, two historic squares in the city that have hosted markets for centuries, drawing traders from across Valtellina.

In line with number 10 at the bottom of the square, turn onto Salita Ligari, which rises into the historic alleyways of the Scarpatetti district. Follow this uphill, passing Castello Masegra on your left. Join the road for a short section and keep right. It then turns into a gravel track for a few hundred metres, before veering sharply to the left and following a path that weaves amongst the dry-stone walls of the Grumello vineyards.

After climbing through the vines, the historic district of Ponchiera is where you’ll find good views and the next key part of this walk: the Passarella sulle Cassandre. First opened in November 2021, this 145 metre-long footbridge crosses the gorges of the Mallero as it flows out of Valmalenco, soaring about the crashing water at a height of 100 metres. It’s open daily 24 hours a day. 

From Maioni on the other side of the bridge, the path descends rapidly through the trees on the way back to Sondrio. You’ll cross the Mallero once more at the bottom in a spot called Gombaro before following its banks down to the ancient medieval district of Facaiolo. 

The starting point is just around the corner from here.

Hike to The Cassandre footbridge

Start/finish: Sondrio
Length: 3 Km 808 m
Ascent: 188 m
period: all the year round
duration: about 1h 30 min