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SONDRIOand VALMALENCO

SONDRIOand

VALMALENCO

A UNIQUE VALLEY FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS


SONDRIOand

VALMALENCO

A UNIQUE VALLEY FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS

From the river Adda to

4000 m of Bernina Peak

Thank to its morphology and its geographical

position, the valley around Sondrio offers a

huge range of views where human activities

and ecosystem are perfectly mixed.

From cultivated fodder plants that serve as

frame to the river Adda, from the appleorchards

in orderly rows on the cones of the

valley bottom You climb up to the castings

of the glaciers and to the rocks of the

uncontaminated crests. In the middle, the rich

variety of diversified vegetable environments

according to the altitude and the exposure.

To the left for those travelling from Lake

Como, the sunny rhaetic slope, where ancient

terraces supported by characteristic drystone

walls get back on top to 700 metres: 25 miles

of vineyards now clung on rocky crags to

exploit even the smallest indentations now

lying on the more docile slope in relaxing

parallel sequences of terracing, testimony

of stubborn willingness of peasant. In

front, facing north, the shaded side orobico

characterized by thick mantle of chestnut

trees that for centuries have accompanied the

lives of villagers, ensuring their sustenance

and raw material for the processing of the

grapes.

Further up the dark band of fir-woods,

refuge of a rich wildlife, gradually fading in

vast stretches of alpine meadows and nival

amphitheatres.

A charming Alpine Valley.


SONDRIO

TRADITIONS AND ANCIENT TYPICAL TASTES

At the Centre of Valtellina, wedged between

the Rhaetic Alps and the Orobiche, lies the

city of Sondrio. Strolling through the city,

between small antique shops and traditional

object, the view is lost confused, while the

palate is inevitably whetted by the typical

products that only the Valtellina can give. A

small city, but with an indefinable charm, the

result of a perfect union between buildings of

different periods and styles. From the heart of

nineteenth "Piazza Garibaldi" with small steps

between discrete and full of charm lanes,

you can visit beautiful stately homes such as

"Palazzo Sertoli" with the beautiful frescoed

saloon or "Palazzo Martinengo" built in the

16th century and the historical library of "Villa

Quadrio" easely reaching squares such as

Piazza Quadrivio.

Among flowers, rocks and vineyards, one on

the east and one on the west side of Sondrio,

rise the Sanctuary o Madonna della Sassella

and Grumello Castle.


TREKKING VALMALENCO A PARADISE FOR HIKING

Walking into the immaculate atmosphere

of the alpine pastures. Retracing the paths

leading to the historical passes. Tracing trails

reaching high altitude passes, from which

you can admire the scenery of glaciers. Or

lingering on morainic slopes, and between

the rocky gorges armed with camera to

capture images of a very rich spontaneous

flora or reconnoitering spaces released by

glaciers in search of minerals. But also making

long promenades in fir-woods searching

for mushrooms and visiting the ancient

settlements and places of human activity to

read the life of an Alpine community.

There are over 100 excursions that can be

made in Valmalenco. The dense network of

mule tracks and trails covering the Valley,

from settlements, through forests, up to the

Alpine meadows at a very high altitude, can

be chosen according to many combinations.

There is something for all needs and for all

ages. since the return takes place on trails

from the round.

The morphology of the territory also allows

panoramic circular tours which are the most

recommended and rewarding, because they

propose new scenarios ever since the return is

on different paths than the going.

The Alta Via

The Alta Via of Valmalenco, thanks to the variety of

its environments, is one of the most beautiful highaltitude

trails of the Alpine arc: the richness of spontaneous

flora, the presence of ancient stonepits, the

huts of meadows, the shepherds’ constructions and

the panoramic views make it unique in its kind.

The Alta Via stretches over 110 Km, between 800 and

3000 meters, through woods and high pastures, penetrating

lateral valleys, bypassing unforgiving crossing

points and then carving in front of the glacier flows

of Monte Disgrazia, Pizzo Bernina and Pizzo Scalino.

Articulated into eight daily stages, thus linked among

them about fifteen refuges. The entire route takes place

on well-marked trails.


MOUNTAINEERING

ROPES, ICE AXES, CRAMPONS: ADVENTURE RIGHT NOW

Say Valmalenco and think touring is one

thing. Yes, because there is no corner of the

valley that can not be the scene of some

beautiful climbing: climbing on ice, on mixed

and on rock. Easy climbing along the normal

routes plotted over one hundred years ago

and difficult climbing repeated a few times

only. All in a high mountain environment

that can satisfy the thirst for adventure,

nature, physical and spiritual freedom. The

names of places are consecrated by years

of mountaineering literature: the Torreggio

Valley with Corni Bruciati, the glacier of

Ventina, the Sissone Valley with the north

wall of Disgrazia, the glaciers of Scerscen

and Fellaria dominated by peaks Roseg,

Bernina, Argent, Zupò and Palù. At its eastern

edge the Pizzo Scalino with its pyramidal

feature. Fifteen shelters and several equipped

bivouacs, expertly deployed in the valley

at different heights, allowing to perform

this fascinating activity in safety. Quality

mountaineering even on Orobie. Here the

spaces are smaller, but the group Redorta,

Scais and Coca in Arigna Valley certainly

offers emotionally opportunities for climbing.

The Mountain Guides of Valmalenco offer different

courses to satisfy the curiosity and for

technical upgrading. From climbing courses,

progression of the rope on the ridge, for technical

guidance with GPS, compass, altimeter and

map to the health in the mountains.

And for winter .... courses in Alpine skiing, freeriding,

ice climbing. The proposal is a proper training

both in technical and cultural knowledge

of the alpine environment in its various facets.


AND THEN THE SNOW

PLEASURE OF EMBRACING A PURE LANDSCAPE

There it is! The snow is an important and

characteristic element of the landscape and

recreation of our mountains. The Palù - San

Giuseppe - Caspoggio district is a ski area

able to satisfy all needs. Served by the biggest

cableway in Europe and several modern chair

lifts, spreads out to about fifty kilometers of

perfectly groomed slopes by snow-making

facilities. In addition to this, the slopes for

cross-country skiing of San Giuseppe and

Alpe Palù wind through beautiful pine forests

and wide open spaces allowing cross-country

skiing in all its variations.

An efficient ski school provides assistance in

all specialties of nordic and downhill skiing,

including "Telemark". And then the ski touring.

Who prefers skiing with seal skins and free

spaces of off-piste skiing can count on dozens

of routes, ranging from tourism and large

bumps on the pastures, to climbing at the

highest altitudes of glaciers and peaks.


Ski-Area Alpe Palù-Caspoggio

M.DISGRAZIA 3678

The slopes

Black runs: 16 km

Red runs: 25 km

Blue runs: 25 km

Ski school: 2 km

Race tracks / trainings

DH / SG / GS / SL: 16 km

Information office

Parking areas

Snowboard park

Cross-country house

Cableway Snow Eagle

Artificial snow

Ice-skating rink

Swinmming pool

Ski rental

Refreshment

Cross-country skiing

SONDRIO

CHIAREGGIO 1612

DOSSO DEI GALLI 1900

PIAZZO CAVALLI 1780

TORRE S. MARIA 772

PRIMOLO 1274

CHIESA 1000

VASSALINI

CASPOGGIO 1098

CIMA MOTTA 2336

LANZADA 980

ALPE PALU’ 2010

BARCHI

S. GIUSEPPE 1433

LAGO PALU’

SASSO NERO 3000

Over forty miles of ski slopes of Alpe Palù

and Caspoggio are the business card of

Valmalenco. Those who want to get to Alpe

Palù can use directly the modern Snow Eagle,

the largest cableway in the world, with its

cars for 160 people that will bring, in one

leap, at a height of 2080 meters on a terrace

that dominates the Alps, with a breathtaking

view. Those who prefer a more gradual

approach can climb the five kilometers of road

that separates Chiesa Valmalenco from San

Giuseppe; hence a new chairlift will lead you

to Alpe Palù in few minutes, through beautiful

pine forests.

On the other side of Alpe Palù you find

Caspoggio, with slopes for beginners and

families, but also with technical race tracks for

racing and training at all levels.

And the snow? Do not worry, the snow is

at home in Valmalenco, from December to

April is always abundant and powdery, and

if by chance the snow strays its way home,

the most modern snow-making facilities are

ready to intervene to create the excellent

background that the skiers like.

Who would abandon the skis for a moment

can relax in the sun in lounge chairs or enjoy

the typical dishes of Valmalenco in shelters

along the tracks, while the children will find a

playground in the snow.

50 ski instructors and coaches

with skills for cross-country

skiing, telemark, snowboarding.

A high level of professionalism

for individual or group lessons

and agonisitic workshops

DOSSO DEI VETTI 1850


IT IS NATURE

PARK OF OROBIE VALTELLINESI: WHERE NATURE PERFORMS ITSELF

The Orobie Alps is the mountain chain that

marks the border between the province of

Sondrio and the province of Bergamo. It

covers about 50 km in a series of summits

culminating in the 3052 m of Pizzo Coca. This

territory is characterized by an integrated and

wild environment and for this reason it was

placed under guardianship and protected,

which brought to the creation of the Park of

the Orobie Valtellinesi.

At lower altitudes, the vegetation is rich in

forests of broadleaves, followed by spruces

and by the alpine meadows rich in the typical

flora.

Significant the presence of alpine fauna,

with good populations of chamois, deer, roe

deer, and ibex, recently reintroduced. Also

substantial are the populations of grouse and

raptors.

This mountainous area offers hiking

opportunities at various levels of difficulty,

from simple walks up to real challenging tours

for experienced mountaineers, climbers and for

enthusiasts of mountain biking.


EATING! FOR THE PALATE: THE TASTY TRADITIONS OF OUR PEOPLE

Environmental tourism, food and wine,

winning combination. Is there anything better,

after spending a day in the mountains, than

sit at the table in front of a tasty dish and a

glass of wine? In the territory of Sondrio it is

possible.

And it is possible to find the flavours of this

land in some specialties, such as pizzoccheri,

sciatt and polenta taragna, which have passed

the test of time and give joy to the tables of

farms with genuine and tasty products of

Valtellina tradition.

And so tasty delicatessen including the

queen bresaola and the trencher with cheese:

the Casera, the ricotta, the stracchini and

especially the prestigious and titled Bitto, pride

of the provincial dairy production.

And here is the tray of sweets: buckwheat

cakes, tarts with berries, the bisciola and the

cupeta, prepared with nuts and honey.

By the way! Have you ever tasted the honey

of rhododendron, so delicate and transparent?

And finally the basket of fruit, the apples,

which are the primacy of agriculture in

Valtellina.

Not only traditional dishes, though. The chefs

of the restaurants have been able to revisit

some recipes of the poor cuisine of Valtellina,

expertly adapting them to the new tastes

and modern diets, or even have created new

recipes using and appreciating the simple

ingredients of this land.

And then the wines. They do not need

presentations: full-bodied wine, dry, fruity,

with persistent flavours that harmonize with

the local dishes.


SONDRIO

AROUND SONDRIO

VALMALENCO

B&B

AGRITOURISM

ACCOMMODATION

Grand Hotel della Posta

Vittoria

Europa

Baffo

Fior di Monte

Fior di Roccia

Funivia

Genzianella

38 71 38

39 66 39

42 73 41

14 24 14

46 80 46

46 80 46

17 41 17

17 32 17

Salyut

Albergo Primavera

Pizzo Scalino

Biancospino

Kennedy

La Betulla (meublè)

La Lanterna

Mirage

52 96 52

11 23 11

29 70 29

30 56 30

53 100 53

30 54 30

16 28 16

7 14 7


ACCOMMODATION

Moizi

Pigna d’Oro

Chiareggio

Genziana

Palù

San Giuseppe

Ca’ Murada

Valtellina

15 27 15

17 31 17

20 46 20

16 34 16

32 58 32

10 20 10

3 6 2

3 6 2

Miravalle

Motta

Colombo

Marco e Rosa

Agriturismo Stella Orobica

Agriturismo Gaggi

Nur

Dalla Zia

21 41 21

26 52 26

17 31 17

10 25 4

3 8 3

4 9 2

3 6 4

3 6 2


The Mountain Huts

Bernina Peak

4050 m

Numerous and cosy huts, distributed to different altitudes,

guarantee a foothold for hikers and mountaineers direct to

the numerous excursions that Valmalenco offers. In addition,

they are renowned for traditional cuisine and the atmosphere

that characterizes the community of Valmalenco. That's

why, whether you are tourists or experienced mountaineers,

Valmalenco welcomes you with the embrace of its mountains

and the friendliness of its people.

Cristina 2287 m

Gerli 1965 m

Barchi 1698 m

tel 0342 452080

run by: Lidia Del Zoppo

tel 340 0614923 - 320 5554466

only restaurant

Longoni 2450 m

Carate Brianza 2636 m

tel 0342 452560 - 338 3878416

bed-spaces 24

run by: Francesca Vanotti

www.rifugiocarate.it

francesca_v17@libero.it

Marco e Rosa 3610 m

Cà Runcasch 2170 m

tel 347 9804889

bed-spaces 45

run by: Giancarlo Sertore

www.caruncasch.it

info@caruncasch.it

OPEN EVERYDAY

Marinelli Bombardieri 2813 m

Disgrazia Peak

3678 m

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Sondrio, the chief town, is in the centre of the Province and

is easily reached:

tel 0342 452398

bed-spaces 35

run by: Franca Bricalli tel 339 3574221

www.rifugiocristina.altervista.org

fbricalli@tiscali.it

Motta 2180 m

tel 0342 451404

bed-spaces 92

run by: Floriano Lenatti (Guida Alp.)

tel 0342 556153 - 329 4159404

info@rifugiogerliporro.it

Tartaglione-Crispo 1800 m

tel 0342 451120 - 556402

run by: Elia Negrini (Guida Alp.)

cell. 348 3110010

elia.negrini@virgilio.it

Val di Togno 1317 m

tel 0342 515370

bed-spaces 50

run by: G.Lenatti “Bianco” (Guida Alp.)

tel 347 2563096

biancoextrem@libero.it

Ventina 1975 m

tel 0342 511577

bed-spaces 210

run by: G. Della Rodolfa (Guida Alp.)

tel 347 5200146

dellarodolfa@supereva.it

Zoia 2021 m

Sondrio

By Train

From Milan travelling through Lecco

From Chiavenna travelling through Colico

From Switzerland travelling through St.Moritz and Tirano

By Plane

From the main airports in Lombardy with

shuttle services from Milan Central Station

Distances from main airports:

Linate - Sondrio: 135 km

Malpensa - Sondrio: 170 km

Bergamo Orio al Serio - Sondrio: 120 km

tel 0342 451406

run by: Paola Pedrolini

tel 340 3368496

paola.pedrolini@libero.it

OPEN EVERYDAY

tel 347 8508896

bed-spaces 19

run by: Tecla Fanoni

rachelefanoni@yahoo.it

tel 0342 514983

bed-spaces 36

run by: Dante Caprinali

tel 340 9461905

rifugiovalditogno@libero.it

tel 0342 451458

bed-spaces 46

run by: Diego Lenatti

tel 0342 451072 - 348 8141955

www.rifugioventina.it -info@rifugioventina.it

tel 0342 451405

bed-spaces 40

run by: Fabio Bergomi

tel 0342 452450 - 348 3106446

www.rifugiozoia.it

Park of Orobie Valtellinesi

By Car

From Milan travelling through Lecco

From Brescia and Bergamo travelling through Lecco and San

Marco Pass

From Switzerland travelling through the Spluga, Maloja and

Bernina Pass or through del Gallo Pass and Livigno

From Austria travelling through the Stelvio Pass


Progetto grafico e foto: www.mottarella.com

Tourist Office in Sondrio

Via Tonale 9 - 23100 Sondrio

Tourist Office in Valmalenco

Loc. Vassalini - 23023 Chiesa V.

tel. +39 0342 451150

fax +39 0342 573472

www.sondrioevalmalenco.it

info@sondrioevalmalenco.it

Sondrio - Albosaggia - Berbenno di Valtellina - Caiolo - Caspoggio - Castello dell’Acqua

Castione Andevenno - Cedrasco - Chiesa in Valmalenco - Chiuro - Colorina - Faedo

Valtellino - Fusine - Lanzada - Montagna in Valtellina - Piateda - Poggiridenti

Ponte in Valtellina - Postalesio - Spriana - Torre di Santa Maria - Tresivio

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