Tourist Office Chiavenna

23022 - Chiavenna (SO) Piazza Caduti della libertà
T 0343 37485
F 0343 37361

Opening times from 15.07.18 till 09.09.18
Working days: 07:30 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 18:50
Sundays and national holidays: 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:30 - 18:00
August Sundays and national holidays: 08.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.00

Information and requests for groups, meetings and events Chiavenna

23022 - Chiavenna (SO) Piazza Caduti per la libertà
T 0343 37485
F 0343 37361

Opening times
From Monday to Saturday 09:00 -12:40 and 14:00 - 18:50. 
Sundays and bank holiday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:30 - 18:00.


Tourist Office Madesimo

23022 - Madesimo (SO) Via alle Scuole
T 0343 53015

Daily: 09-12.30 and 14.30-18.00


Tourist Office Campodolcino

23022 - Campodolcino (SO) Via D.R. Ballerini,
T 0343 50611

Monday: 09-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
Tuesday: 09-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 09-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
Friday: 09-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
Saturday: 09-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
Sunday: 09-12.30

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The Treasure Museum

The Treasure Museum is located inside the picturesque collegiate church of San Lorenzo, a complex dating back to the 5th century. The arcade was made between the 17th and 18th century with the aim of delimiting the cemetery and for creating an area for processions. The sixteenth-century bell tower overlooks the collegiate; over the portal architrave there is the Chiavenna’s coat of arms. From the arcade we reach the Baptistery: the font, obtained from a sole block of pot-stone, dates back to 1156. The basin is decorated with a relief describing the Holy Saturday ceremony. 
The museum conserves a wide stock of sacred paraments and furniture and a very rare musical code of the 11th century. The main piece: the “Peace of Chiavenna”, an eleventh-century evangeliary ...

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Vertemate Franchi Palace

It is situated in the Prosto of Piuro locality, within two kilometres of Chiavenna, in the Bregaglia Valley. Built in the sixteenth century by two of the Vertemate brothers from one of the richest families of the small town, it is one of the most ...

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The baptistry of Chiavenna

Since the end of the seventeenth century, the basin has been in the romanic baptistry which was demolished and rebuilt a little to the east, where it now stands, along with the font allowing room for the new colonnade. The basin is a monolith in ...

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Info Piuro
Open on 25th April and on 1st May 15.30 - 17.30   May and October 2018 Open on Saturday 15.00 - 18.30   From June to September 2018 Open on Saturday and Sunday  10.30 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30 Night opening Open on Monday night 20.00 - 22.00 PREZZI Biglietto Intero: € 3,00 Biglietto Ridotto: € 2,00 ...
Museum doors springing open
Museum doors springing open Something new on the breeze in Valchiavenna. A very welcome Spring happily coincides with the unveiling of a particularly interesting initiative concerning the valley’s splendid cultural resources and museums. The much anticipated inauguration of the Caurga Museum is finally to become ...
Paradiso Botanical - Archaeological Park
The new entrance of the Park is in Via IV Novembre (where the Chiavenna´s cemetery is located). Open on 30th April 2018 Rising on the eastern edge of Chiavenna are two hills "Paradiso" and "Castellaccio", both providing a magnificent panorama over the city and the surrounding countryside. These two hills make ...
Valcodera an experience of the senses
Unlike Rome, no roads lead to Val Codera.   The only way is on foot. That’s probably the beauty of it. Once there, you’ve got absolutely everything you could possibly need. So travel light, make time, energy and goodhearted benevolence your companions along the way and rely on your eyes for memories that will linger ...
Sanctuary at Loreto in Chiavenna
Notes on the Sanctuary at Loreto in Chiavenna Guido Scaramellini The Sanctuary of the Madonna di Loreto, constructed in Chiavenna in 1618, is one of the very first with this particular dedication in Lombardy, and takes inspiration from the Santa Casa di Loreto at Recanati, in the province of Ancona, alongside ...
The Mill of Bottonera
The mill of the former Moro Pasta factory is located in Bottonera, the craftsmen´s area of Chiavenna, built in the 19th  century in the north side of the town. The mills, the paper mill, the power hammer, the two cotton wool factories, the breweries and the Pasta factory in this area, used Mera river waters, through a ...
Valchiavenna Fire Brigade Historical Gallery
The Mese Fire Brigade Detachement, carrying on the Chiavenna Fire Brigade tradition, was founded in 1868 from Chiavenna Municipality as the Civic Fire Brigade. It exhibits some fire brigade remains in the Mese headquarters since October 2002. The available items have been reorganized in chronological order to give ...
Saint Fedelino Church
It stands there, silent and lonely, as it has for more than a thousand years. It looks at the river Mera flowing over the centuries, recalling times of flood, in which the river burst its banks increasing moisture in the structure&´s walls. It waits there, ready to show its historical and artistical treasures only to ...
Museum of the Via Spluga and Val San Giacomo
A 16th century inn representing the original building (Tavern plus two adjoining floors) known as ‘Palàzz’, was rebuilt in 1777 and restored as recently as 2002, becoming the Museum base. The Museum of the Via Spluga bears splendid witness to local history, featuring documents, works of art and literature regarding ...
O io già vissi spirito errante qui
Mostra permanente con fotografie d´epoca e testi esplicativi   "O io già vissi, spirito errante, qui ?" Giosuè Carducci a Madesimo 1888-1905   Apertura dalle 9.00 alle 12.00 e dalle 14.30 alle 17.30   Presso la Sala Mostre di Madesimo 
Museo del latte di Mese
Aperto da settembre a fine giugno MERCOLEDI´ 9.30 - 12.30 DA GIOVEDI´ A SABATO 14.30 - 17.30
Museum at Samolaco
The museum was set up in 2008 by the cultural association of the local library and is housed in the restored ancient tower, extending over four floors and a basement.   Created originally as a photographic museum (with a series of panels illustrating the history of the area: its traditions and daily life; work, ...
The ultimate defence: the mine tunnel
The Mine Tunnel Verceia has recently unveiled a magnificent piece of history bearing witness to the First World War. As we make our way in silence through the narrow tunnel that extends fully 200 metres into the heart of the mountain we hear only the accompanying echo of our footsteps. The very same measured tread ...
The Picapréda Museum
This small museum at Novate Mezzola is located at the mouth of Valchiavenna near the lake. It’s in the Piazza Europa and houses a collection of photographs, accounts of local history and a display of implements used in the extraction and working of Sanfedelino granite.   The museum was created to ...
The Natural History Museum of Ethnography at Val Codera
The museum was established in 1982 and its impressive collection represents a singular ecological record of the natural environment and human influence on Val Codera, which even today is permanently inhabited. It comprises a series of exhibition spaces located in different parts of the two historic settlements of ...
Diocesan Sanctuary
Just as Christopher Columbus set sail on the first of his monumental voyages of discovery, closer to home at Gallivaggio in Valle Spluga other matters were of more importance in people’s thoughts. Today the church or “diocesan sanctuary” is where La Madonna is revered as the proclaimed ...
Museums and Piuro excavations
Museum The museum opened on September 10th, 1972 in the Borgonuovo of Piuro school building thanks to the Italian Swiss association for excavations. In 1977 was moved to the ´700 parish church, the church of St. Abbondio from Piuro, and in 1994 it was reorganized in the sacristy of the church itself. In the small ...
New Discoveries at Belfort
It’s a place that lives, breathes and talks of the Past. Unsurprisingly an Italian/ Swiss Association overseeing Piuro’s Archaeological site has, in recent years, taken full advantage holding a range of cultural events at Belfòrt – theatre, opera and art – all much appreciated by the public at large. Pastureland ...
The old town centre of Chiavenna
Along the main street of the old town centre you can notice ancient facades of great charm and considerable importance for the history of Chiavenna, which date back to the sixteenth/seventeenth-century and were recovered thanks to stratigraphic researches. The Caurga An ancient pot stone quarry, used since the ...
Ca Bardassa
The building is in Fraciscio of Campodolcino (at 1341 m. above sea level) and is called "Bardassa" because of one of its last owner&´s nickname. It belongs to the "Comunità Montana della Valchiavenna" and it houses the ethnographic museum of the area, as a well kept witness of mountain house. The building is a ...
Casa Natale San Luigi Guanella
San Luigi Guanella nasce a Fraciscio di Campodolcino, diocesi di Como, il 19 dicembre 1842, da Lorenzo e Maria Bianchi. Nel giorno della Prima Comunione, l´8 aprile 1852 a Gualdera - frazione di Campodolcino - gli appare la Madonna che gli preannuncia quello che sarà il suo futuro di uomo caritatevole. Fu ...
A fountain along the way
Anyone wandering along the bicycle path that heads down from Prosto along Valbregaglia towards Chiavenna is in for an architectural treat in the shape of a fine piece of work by Luigi Caccia Dominioni.   It’s a recent addition to the rich cultural heritage already existing within the ...
Hortus Conclusus di Piuro
L’Associazione ha ripreso con i primi mesi dell’anno 2012 oltre alle attività sociali  e culturali di promozione della storia anche le attività sul  campo della ricerca delle testimonianze di costruzioni o di resti di esse appartenenti all’antico Borgo di Piuro sepolto dalla ...
Santo Sepolcro e Catafalco della Chiesa di San Bartolomeo
Tra i vari apparati esteriori con cui si caratterizzava la religiosità popolare barocca (quella sorta nel sec. XVII dopo il Concilio di Trento, intrisa di forte emozionalità e legata a fastose esteriorità, durata praticamente, passando attraverso le riforme settecentesche, fino al Concilio ...
The Church at Bedolina
Well worth a visit this September is the picturesque hamlet of Bedolina – home to the church of the Madonna del Buon Consiglio. The tiny village stretching on the right of Val Bodengo takes its name from the surrounding birch forest (bedógn in local dialect). The adjacent land is fallow – typical ...
La Madonna d´Europa di Motta
Nella scelta dei luoghi e delle attrazioni da visitare a Campodolcino un posto importante è occupato dalla Statua della Madonna d´Europa a Motta. Si può arrivare a Motta, piccola frazione del Comune di Campodolcino, salendo da Campodolcino con la funicolare sotterranea Sky Express, aperta durante ...
Un giro tra le chiese di Campodolcino e dintorni
Nel territorio di Campodolcino, che conta 12 frazioni, sono presenti numerose Chiese e Cappellette, soggette nel tempo a interventi di restauro e mantenute tutt´oggi in buone condizioni. La Chiesa Parrocchiale di Campodolcino, consacrata nel 1528,  è dedicata a San Giovanni Battista. Esistente ...
Il Ponte Romano e la Caurga della Rabbiosa
Nei pressi di Campodolcino, vicino alla frazione Tini, merita una visita la cosiddetta Caurga della Rabbiosa, profonda e suggestiva forra del torrente Rabbiosa. La "Caurga", è una profonda gola intagliata tra strapiombanti pareti in cui il torrente Rabbiosa precipita da Fraciscio all´Acero in ...
Palazzi di Chiavenna
Il Palazzo Pestalozzi-Salis si trova verso metà di via Dolzino ed è contiguo alle case su di un lato e fiancheggiante un vicoletto sull´ altro. La costruzione è del XVI secolo, la facciata principale è quella verso via Dolzino, il motivo centrale della composizione è formato ...
Chiavenna Squares
The present urban settlement of Chiavenna must be traced back to the Middle Ages: "customs" in the post-Carolingian Italian Kingdom, the town is typified by a grand lay-out which made it an important trade junction and place of passage control. The important urban lay-out had then became the ...
Carducci and Madesimo
One hundred years ago on the 14th of July 1901, the municipal council of Isolato, as the Commune of Madesimo was then called, deliberated and unanimously agreed to grant honorary citizenship to the most famous Italian poet, Giosue Carducci, who had decided to spend his summer holidays in that high place. Between 1888 ...
A passeggio per il centro di Chiavenna
Nel numero 22 di Valchiavenna Vacanze abbiamo ampiamente esaltato la bellezza della primavera, at­traverso le infinite espressioni naturalistiche.  Basta guardarci intorno per notare come i fiori, gli animali e le montagne più in generale testimoniano la rinascita della vita.  Una lettura che ...

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