Chiavenna

Tourist Office Chiavenna

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

Opening times winter 2017/2018
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

consorzioturistico@valchiavenna.com
www.valchiavenna.com

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.

consorzioturistico@valchiavenna.com
www.valchiavenna.com

Madesimo

Tourist Office Madesimo

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

Opening time
From Monday to Saturday: 09-12.30 e 14.30-18.00
Sunday and national holidays: 09-12.30

madesimo@valtellina.it

Campodolcino

Tourist Office Campodolcino

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

Monday: 09-12.30 and 15-18.30 
Tuesday: 09-12.30 and 15-18.30 
Wednesday: chiuso
Thursday: 09-12.30 and 15-18.30 
Friday: 09-12.30 and 15-18.30 
Saturday: 09-12.30 and 15-18.30
Sunday: 09-12.30



campodolcino@valtellina.it
www.campodolcino.eu

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E - vergreener Madesimo

Make no mistake.
EMadesimo = e-bike.
 
Today, power-assisted bicycling is genuinely on the move. We are no longer talking about a fashion but a completely new way of interpreting getting about on two wheels, and of
Mtb in particular. Madesimo this summer has already hosted vast numbers of tourists taking full advantage to reach places which might well have remained unexplored by simply using a standard MTB relying simply on the biker’s pedalling potential! Our ever-popular Alpine resort has been quick to equip itself with all things necessary in order to keep pace with changing times and offers various rental options, accompanied outings and hotel package tours which include e-bike provision.
 
Autumn in Madesimo is ...

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The Baldiscio lakes

In previous autumn editions of Valchiavenna Vacanze we have tried to point up any number of trekking outings heading up to some memorable destinations. Comfortable walks generally which would take the visitor ...

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Along the chestnut trail

Here’s a place where the history of the territory is inextricably linked with its emblematic product: the chestnut. A project which was the brainchild of the Consorzio Forestale di Prata Camportaccio, has succeeded in recent years in showcasing ...

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Marmitte dei Giganti
GLACIAL PHENOMENA Today´s glaciers are just a modest reminder of those  that perodically covered the alpine chain and all of Europa from 1 million years ago up until about 10 thousand years ago. The Park contains many traces of these ancient glaciations: ice-polished and striated rock, erosion channels, shafts and ...
Alpe Cima in Autumn onwards and upwards
It’s easy to argue that Autumn is quite the best time in which to enjoy a trek up to the high pastures above Valchiavenna. Over the years this magazine has indicated a wide range of destinations for our readers to aim for: places and routes that afford splendid panoramas or indeed little-known corners of ...
Autumn in Val Codera
The first steps of this extraordinary uphill trail never fail to take me by surprise. It’s a genuinely tough climb up the steep flank of Monte Avedèe, a route which appears totally inaccessible seen from the main road heading down and through Novate Mezzola, but was made possible over the centuries by way of a mule ...
Autunno a Campodolcino
Finita l´estate le giornate iniziano ad accorciarsi, il paesaggio cambia e l´aria si fa più frizzante. Non per questo Campodolcino è meno attraente, anzi, ricoperta di colori dalle sfumature autunnali, offre agli occhi di chi osserva uno spettacolo indimenticabile. I boschi si animano di ...
Frasnedo in autumn
-La Valle dei Ratti: an enchanting corner which rises up and above Lago di Mezzola   There’s no better time than Autumn to take a trip to this unspoilt little gem, which hinges on the village of Frasnedo, at a height of 1290 metres. You’re sure to be captivated by the magic of this little village perched like a ...
Spring in your step
Springtime is a great incentive for us all to get out and about, rediscovering some of our favourite walks along inviting hillsides or off the beaten track along the valley bottom. Here’s a gentle enough outing for all the family, starting at Pianazzola one of the most distinctive villages ...
La Torre di Segname
"A sud-ovest di Gordona, sovra nuda e scabrosa montagna, a circa 600 metri sul livello del piano, sorge ardita e maestosa una torre appellata costantemente Segname, di cui s´ignora l´origine e lo scopo, ma che alcuni opinano essere opera romana e quivi piantata per uso di telegrafo". G.B. Crollalanza Le torri di ...
Rifugi in Valchiavenna
MADESIMO Rifugio Stuetta - Loc. Stuetta, 1861 m. s.l.m. E’ un accogliente alberghetto a conduzione familiare situato sulla strada statale 36 dello Spluga, immediatamente prima della diga del lago di Montespluga. E’ raggiungibile in automobile e situato in una posizione strategica per ...
Acquafraggia Waterfalls
A Natural Monument in Piuro-Valchiavenna The waterfalls known as Acquafraggia, situated in Piuro, Valchiavenna have, as their source, the ‘pizzo Lago’ or ‘Lake at the Peak’ located at a height of 3050 metres, forming the watershed between the North Sea and the Mediterranean. A torrent ...
The Bivouac Val Capra
VIVA VAL CAPRA! Following the opening ceremony in 2016, Cai Chiavenna’s Bivouac is now ready and awaiting its public. We’re at precisely 2164m. Just across from the entrance one’s gaze takes you far into the distance. Pizzo Groppera (2948m), Stella (3163m), Galleggione (3107m) make their presence felt whilst to the ...
Acqua Merla
GENERATIONS OF GENUINE FUN   Getting there couldn’t be simpler. Campodolcino, close by the Liro torrent, across from the camp site and before the road that leads to the hamlets of Starleggia and Splughetta, you’ll find a vast green sloping meadow. You’ve discovered Acqua Merla. Should the signposting be unclear - ...
The tower at San Sisto
A colourful autumnal outing to the valley which overlooks Campodolcino. A silent sentinel observes Upper Valle Spluga. Largely hidden by branches within pine and larch woodland which encircle it, the 16thC tower at San Sisto singularly bears witness to the slow passage of time, untouched by the constant changing ...
Cà Pipèta
Finding shelter within mountain areas has always been at a premium for anyone committed to working alongside cattle during pasture time. Spontaneous, improvised respite beneath rocky ledge or squeezed between outcrops came pretty naturally, perhaps with a small fire in a wind-free corner for cold nights. Some sort of ...
A cultural treasure trove
Ecomuseums represent a network of places, people and shared experiences in which the participation of the local populace is crucial. They are all about identity, values and future generations. Group and individual memories are explored, telling of origins and evolution over many years: a vital ...
AN OUTDOOR PARADISE
AN OUTDOOR PARADISE The mountains of Valle Spluga represent a vital natural heritage, flush with peaks, woodland, lakes, rivers, meadows and breathtaking panorama. The very heart of the Alps. A natural ambience boasting unparalleled beauty. Madesimo: a gem nestling in the mountains straddling the Italian/Swiss ...
Traversata del Groppera da Angeloga a Motta
Prerogativa dell’andar per monti è l’atavico, interiore desiderio di vedere di più e più lontano, di aprire lo sguardo e l’animo agli ampi spazi offerti dalle alte vie. L’uomo del terzo millennio spesso costretto a spazi minimali e ai viali “canyon” delle fumose ...
The bridge at San Guglielmo
A NEW BRIDGE A new vital union is set to enhance the magnificent via Spluga which connects Switzerland to Italy. It’s already much-appreciated that the well-trodden path over centuries which links Thusis in Switzerland to Chiavenna has some fantastic panorama along the entire route. The new link which opened in ...
Pian dei cavalli
Prehistoric Man amid the High Pastures The outing we are proposing covers one of the most striking parts of Valle Spluga. Sitting above the right hand slope at around 2000m the Pian dei Cavalli appears to the hiker as a vast green ridge, a slightly sloping high pasture land. It’s well documented that the region was ...
The alpe Lavorerio
The Alpe Lavorerio is located in Val Pilotera along the left slopes of Val Bodengo. It was here some years ago that four friends decided to set about renovating the old “town hall” at 1862m and to create a refuge. With the support of the Gordona authorities it required 4 years of solid commitment, from 1992 –1996 in ...
Via Alpes
VIA ALPES VIVERE LE ALPI PERCORSI STORICI Itinerari di trekking - Val bregaglia- Chiavenna - Morbegno - Passo San Marco
Val Bodengo, un angolo di paradiso
La Val Bodengo vi aspetta per svelarvi i suoi affascinanti segreti. In un habitat ancora intatto, la Val Bodengo custodisce testimonianze di una tradizione alpina rimasta immutata, con nuclei rurali significativi. Qui, negli ultimi anni, sono nate anche molte attività sportive moderne come il canyoning, ...
Itineraries in Verceia and surroundings
Welcome to Verceia, a place rich in history, beautiful landascapes of the lakes and the mountains, itineraries, traditional flavours, events and celebrations, sport and much much more... The first town in valchiavenna from those approaching from the south, Verceia looks out over Lake Mezzola, rendering this ...
Samolaco's itineraries
Samolaco (in dialect Samòlaĉ/Samòliĉ, and in Latin Summo Lacu) owes its name to its geographical location situated at the northern tip of Lake Como. In the past the village must have been built near the ruins of the church of San Giovanni all&´Archetto, where the remains of lime-burning kilns are still ...
Singing the blue hours
Spending the night in the mountains has always been a passion of mine. Be it in tent, bivouac or refuge. It’s enough just to be there but then photography added another serious dimension. An awareness of the range of light. By day, at dusk, the blue hour, then night itself with dawn awaiting. And remember - all you ...
The Pian di Spagna area
"Pian di Spagna" is a wide plain between the Lake of Mezzola and the Lake of Como, at the entrance of Valtellina and Valchiavenna. It´s a wetland of great naturalistic importance among the area of Sondrio, Lecco and Como. The place is mainly overgrown with canes, mixed broad-leaf wood, wide pasture areas and corn ...
The chapel at Borgna
Blink and you might miss it. Like many extraordinary man-made structures throughout our magnificent valley. Little vineyards and mountain dwellings over the years have become integral to the landscape. Such is the little chapel, Cappella della Borgna at San Carlo just outside Chiavenna itself. A brilliant white ...
Rural settlement
Crana: interesting place for its scenic position on Chiavenna, for its happy exposure to the sun and for some type of spontaneous architecture. Pianazzola and Dalò: perfect view on Chiavenna, and small village with diverse and peculiar architecture. Savogno and Dasile: unique settlement, ideal place for a special ...
St. Andrea's Hill
by Sergio Scuffi This little hill sits all alone in Samolaco, in the village of Era. A solitary spur almost in anticipation of the vast mountain slopes behind. Heading off from the Statale 36, you reach it by following the secondary road to Trivulzia. Then take the car up the via Roma, until you go into the via ...
Off the beaten track
Foto di Franco Moro It was only last year that CAI Chiavenna opened this excellent bivouac in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt valleys in the area. The somewhat inaccessible Val Aurosina is situated in Piuro on the left slopes of Italian Val Bregaglia. A combination of its ravine-like nature and a ...
Discovering the pastures of Portarezza
Testo e foto a cura di Irene della Morte Any regular visitor to Campodolcino can’t help but note the somewhat original sense of humour which characterises local dialect. Particularly evident in the tiny conurbation of Portarezza, a place flanked by mountains, perched between ...
La caurga della Rabbiosa un monumento naturale
Monumento naturale “Caurga della Rabbiosa” Il Monumento Naturale “Caurga della Rabbiosa” è stato istituito con deliberazione n. 7/10204 del 6 agosto 2002 della Giunta Regionale della Lombardia, al fine di tutelare le caratteristiche naturali geologiche, geomorfologiche e paesaggistiche ...
Alpe Servizio
Alpine Pas tures: Revisited High mountain pastures – a world away from traffic, the hurly-burly of modern times – after a long period of neglect are slowly finding their voice again in order to re-engage with the public. And clearly they merit serious consideration. Evoking times of old when our ancestors did ...
Heading for Alpe Campo
An extraordinary itinerary, full of charm and splendour with breathtaking panorama all along the way by Mauro Premerlani, CAI Chiavenna. Yes indeed, the route from Pra Princée up to Alpe Campo. It’s a genuinely exhilarating outing for anyone who has decent enough legs to get them there and back in around ...
An outing to Andossi
The welcoming Madesimo basin and gentle slopes of Andossi come as something of a pleasant surprise after the rigours of the steep and rugged val San Giacomo. And it’s precisely here, a plateau in the upper Spluga valley that we are to make our way. There are many different approaches to Andossi, all easy and ...
Villa di Chiavenna rivive l´antico
Nell´ambito del Progetto V Bando Distretti: verso expo 2015.   Il comune di Villa di Chiavenna, ultimo comune della Bregaglia italiana, è uno tra i più antichi confini alpini non orografici. A ridosso del confine di stato italo-svizzero lungo la statale 37 del Maloja confina con i ...
Vacanze a Campodolcino
Lontano dal caos delle città, si scoprono paesaggi aspri e soavi, dove la brezza montana sfiora i verdi prati estivi o i tetti bianchi dell´inverno, dove l’aria pura rinfresca ed il buon calore dei sapori della tradizione scalda il cuore. In ogni stagione la particolare vegetazione alpina, i suoi ...
Judge for yourself
We recommend a gentle stroll towards Alpe Calones in search of an often ovelooked work of art.   Sommarovina: A delightful village awaits along the Valchiavenna hillside at around 1000 metres within the San Giacomo Filippo municipality. Perfect for an autumnal outing. Follow the road that heads up towards Olmo, ...
Il laghetto di Gualdera
Da non perdere per chi trascorre le vacanze a Campodolcino è il laghetto artificiale realizzato alla “Palude del fieno” nella zona di Gualdera, località nella frazione di Fraciscio a 3 km dal Paese. Quest’opera è di notevole valenza turistica, in quanto punto ideale di ...
Three passes: Spluga, Julier and Maloja
await the intrepid motor-biker   The charm and beauty of Valchiavenna appeal not only to those who love to wander the pathways or trek along its ancient routes. In summer when the weather tempts everyone outdoors our local roads are buzzing with bikers heading for the Alpine passes close at hand. Leaving from ...
Gola della Roffla
La Gola della Roffla, con le sue cascate, sono visitabili grazie ad una spettacolare mulattiera ricavata a mano nella roccia che si snoda tra impervie pareti di pietra stratificate e legate con malta, alternando semi-gallerie a tunnel e gallerie intagliate nella nuda roccia. Questo affascinante monumento naturale ...
Gualdera Bondeno e Avero
Attorno a Campodolcino si trovano alcuni angoli tutti da scoprire: piccole oasi di pace tra cielo e terra. La zona offre agli appassionati di trekking numerose escursioni a contatto con la natura e il paesaggio, che presentano differenti livelli di difficoltà dovuti al dislivello, alla conformazione del ...
Savogno, Dasile and Corbia
All along the watchtower that the terraces of Bregaglia represent there are perfect autumn destinations. Savogno sets the standard, whilst Dasile and Corbia too offer breathtaking panorama over Valchiavenna and upper Bregaglia. Consider the options: on foot from Salone to ...
San Fedelino a martir and a monument
A MAGICAL PLACE   It must have happened to all of us – any number of times - passing right by wonderful locations – not a moment’s hesitation, without ever realising what we’re missing. That’s precisely the case for the many who ...
Off the beaten track
Discover a little-known spot perfect for a Springtime Outing   La Cesura is one of those mysterious yet captivating places which you’re unlikely to find unless someone points you in the right direction. Away from well-trodden paths, this ancient farmstead was built in 1673 by Caterina Picenoni, widow of Bartolomeo ...
Sommarovina
Onwards and upwards for the sweeps of Sommarovina!   First consideration of the name Sommarovina doesn’t exactly set the heart beating with hope anew, nor does it suggest in the slightest the beauty of the landscape and environment all around. However the reality is somewhat less of a catastrophe, as the place name ...
In the footstep of Carducci
Carducci goes to Madesimo for the first time and the place becomes instantly irresistible. It’s the summer of 1888. Bored and somewhat saddened by his day-to-day Bologna, he moves up to the Alps within Valle Spluga. Villa Adele is to becomes the ‘base camp’ for his explorations. Carducci would roam the high pastures ...
Biking in and around Verceia
One of the most attractive and appreciated stretches of the network of bicycle paths which connect pretty much the whole of Valchiavenna is that which goes through Verceia, and it really is rather special. The route develops for the most part along the old Statale 36 dello Spluga over bridges and along ...
Pianazzola:where poeople come together!
Nadia and Roy are from Capetown, South Africa and for some time now have spent several months of their year at Pianazzola. And they’re not alone in this: people from countries far and wide have decided to make the little village their haven of peace, away from the stress and mayhem of city life. But Nadia and ...
In the footsteps of San Luigi Guanella
Initiatives and activities celebrating the values, life and work of Luigi Guanella continue apace following his canonization last October. He was born in Fraciscio on the 19th December 1842. Moving to Como at the age of 12 to study for the priesthood led to his early pastoral work which took him first to Prosto, then ...
Trekking in Valbregaglia
WALKING COMES NATURALLY! The Via Bregaglia and the Via Sett are splendid hiking routes undertaken in stages over a few days. The itineraries afford the opportunity of getting to know and appreciate fully the picturesque little mountain villages along with the culture and art of this ...
Coloredo
The origin of the name is simple. Coloredo derives from “colöri”, indicating in local dialect a stone within a fruit. But the place itself has quite an extraordinary history being documented for the first time in 1247 before becoming – along with nearby Gordona – the spiritual and actual property of the Bishop of Como ...
Campodolcino itineraries and surroundings
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Angeloga: where silence reigns
For a classic family holiday in the mountains look no further than staying in a refuge. And it was with families in mind that last year Monica and Matteo along with their 7 year-old Davide took over the running of the Rifugio Chiavenna at Alpe Angeloga above Campodolcino. From May until the end of October this young ...
Place to discover
A little hill sits all alone the village   This little hill sits all alone in Samolaco, in the village of Era. A solitary spur almost in anticipation of the vast mountain slopes behind. Heading off from the Statale 36, you reach it by following the secondary road to ...
The path to the gorge
Work on the construction of the dam at Truzzo was completed in 1928. After four years of a combination of din and dustclouds Valle del Drogo resumed its peaceful existence following a period dominated by the sound of pickaxe and dynamite at work. Back at home the workers talked ...
Easy walks to Madesimo
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Giardino Alpino Valcava
An interesting year ahead for the Giardino Alpino - Madesimo’s Alpine Garden - with a host of new initiatives. Not all will reach completion (the very height of the place is bound to create occasional logistical problems) but some look sure to meet their ‘deadlines’. But the surfeit of snow this winter coupled ...
Sentiero Carducciano
Cent’anni or sono, il 14 luglio 1901, il consiglio comunale di Isolato, come si chiamava allora il Comune di Madesimo, deliberava all’unanimità il conferimento della cittadinanza onoraria al poeta più famoso d’Italia, Giosuè Carducci, che aveva scelto di passare lassù le sue vacanze estive. La pergamena della ...
The Bivouac Val Loga
The village of Montespluga, 9 km north of Madesimo occupies the northern end of a basin much noted for the historic Ca’ della Montagna, today the Vittoria Hotel which for years provided food and shelter for generations of travellers often caught in extreme weather conditions. And it’s right here that the excursion ...
Autumn: intimate and inspiring
The hills are alive at this time of year with the ritual mating call of stags, forming an impressive, powerful and vocal part of nature’s bold Autumn display. Colours change dramatically on a weekly basis to the delight of regular hikers along mountain paths; but there’s much more in nature’s armoury. There’s no ...