Challenge your limits on the highest paved road in Italy and discover the heart of the Alps.
Stelvio Pass dominates the omonimous National Park and is located at the heart of the Rhaetian Alps. A land of pristine nature, history and traditions. The perfect basecamp to explore the region is the charming village of Bormio also known as La magnifica terra (the magnificent land).
Theatre of clashes
in World War One
Through the centuries a privileged position along important trade routes favored the development of Bormio and the Valtellina valley. Several rulers (among them the duchy of Milan, the Swiss Grisons, France and Austria) came to power and left visible marks on the local culture.
During WW1 the Stelvio Pass marked the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Italian Kingdom. Fierce battles were fought in extreme conditions and nowaday small war relics can still be found in the area.
The region is also known for the presence of natural hot springs whose first historical mention dates back to the Naturalis Historia by Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD).
of the Italian Alps
At 2757m (9,045ft) above sea level Stelvio Pass is the highest paved road in Italy and, since the 1953 Giro, many pages in the history of cycling has been written on its legendary 88 switchbacks. Not less challenging nor famous are the mighty peaks of Passo Gavia (2621m – 8,600ft) and the harsh ramps of Passo Mortirolo (1852m – 6,075ft).
Beside these classical climbs the region offers quiet backroads, pristine valleys and a wonderful wine road running for 70 km through vineyards and hamlets. A new network of bike paths connects the valley to beautiful Lake Como and the advent of e-bikes has turned the area into a heaven for every kind of cyclist.
EAT AND DRINK
and prestigious reds
So unique to earn a nomination as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valtellina offers one of the most dramatic vineyard landscape in the world with tiny terraces perched on impossibly steep slopes. Work is mostly done by hand and is rewarded with prestigious red wines as Sfurzat, Inferno and Sassella. Complex and structured, they perfectly pair the local specialties of Pizzoccheri, a very substantial buckwheat pasta, Sciatt, fried cheese fritters, and unique treats as Bresaola, Slinzega and Bitto.
A glass of Braulio Riserva, the locally produced spirit, is the perfect end to a wonderful day in the valley.
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