The Fraele Towers

Dominating the entrance to the valley of the same name, the Fraele Towers, which sit at 1,930 metres above sea level, point to the ominous threat of attack that the upper part of Valtellina once faced.

Built in a pivotal defence position on the Via Imperiale d’Alemagna in 1391, these towers hold a special place in Valtellina’s history as they were erected on what was the key trading route between Bormio and the Engadin valley in neighbouring Switzerland. Military clashes escalated during the early part of the sixteenth century, which led to the destruction of the towers in 1513.

Thanks to restoration work carried out during the past century, the iconic silhouettes of the Fraele Towers are still standing.

The Fraele Towers today ...

Historically fascinating and visually arresting, it is almost impossible to resist the charm of these towers, which stand today as the very definition of a must-visit due to their stunning views over Valdidentro and the surrounding peaks of Alta Valtellina.

Follow the series of ribbon-like hairpins on the road to Cancano (unsurprisingly one of the most popular roads for cyclists) and you’ll reach the towers. From here, you can embark on several exciting excursions, including a hike up Croce del Monte Scale or an MTB or gravel ride around the Cancano lakes. 

The splendid view from the Torri di Fraele on the glacier of Cima Piazzi

Info Point

Pro Loco di Valdidentro
Piazza IV Novermbre, 1
+39 0342 985331