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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For 60 years the benchmark for quality

Since 1955 the Sala family have provided an impeccable service to the many tourists who have made this particular place a quintessential point of reference.
 
At the Albergo della Posta it’s as though time stopped still at the beginning of the 19th century. The Sala family took over the running of the place fully 60 years ago and created a splendidly authentic aristocratic ambience within the magnificent and spacious rooms. A warm family welcome, accommodating bedrooms which have retained their originality and style, and a genuinely traditional cuisine are the standard bearers for a place which has become something of a landmark for travellers across the Splugen ...

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Hotel Vittoria in Montespluga

Whether down from Brabant or Bavaria,
Jutland or the Ardennes
To the rhythm of the pedal or leisurely plod
Or even rocking and rolling round twist and turn.
Of course Rovigo’s only a donkey ...

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Mountain mascots

Foto di Cesare Contin
 
Cute little visage, stocky body and with a surprising speed and agility inherited from distant ‘cousin’ squirrel, the marmot is readily identifiable in ...

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Boyhood Memories
Our story begins way back in 1462 when the Piuro authorities acquired the rights regarding the Val di Lei from Counts Erdenberg- Sargans for the sum of 101 gold florins. At that time no-one imagined the strategic importance that this mountain territory was to assume here, 2000 metres up on the ...
Cranna revisited
CRANNA REVISITED Photos by Paolo Valentini The renovation of old huts (baite), dwellings or barns occasionally produces some highly original results which give a new angle to their reassessment of lines and ancient materials used in the construction. Such is the case in a project undertaken by Architects ...
A natural mountain resource
At one time they represented an indispensable support for alpine dwellers and animals on the high pastures. Currently they are a vital reference point for the trekking fraternity. The evolution that has characterised spring waters in the upper mountains has followed the same path over the centuries as that of the ...
A PASSION WHICH UNITES
Roberto “Sysa” Moiola is the founder of Clickalps, the agency which specialises in naturalistic photography. The project started out almost as a bit of a lark years ago at Cosio Valtellino but over time it attracted a whole host of enthusiasts, up until becoming a real point of reference for trade ...
Mountain man of many parts
Mountain man of many parts You don’t meet the likes of Oreste Forno every day of the week. A quite extraordinary talent. Mountaineer, author, documentary filmmaker – and finally, wait for it – keeper of dams!. 65 now, his has been a life genuinely lived to the full. Oreste represents one ...
Centro di studi storici valchiavennaschi
Centro di studi storici valchiavennaschi  Ecco il 55° “Clavenna”    Sta per uscire il 55° “Clavenna”, bollettino annuale del Centro di studi storici valchiavennaschi che, in giugno, verrà recapitato ai mille soci dell’associazione. Con presentazione ...
Secret glimpses
ALPEGGI SOPRA ISOLA The high pastures of Isola, forming part of the municipality of Madesimo are along the climb from the village towards Val Febbraro. Fantastic views await once you’re up and away as Marcello’s camera illustrates perfectly: Stabisotto, Vamlera, Cascata della Val Febbraro, Borghetto, outings to Lago ...
An alpine paparazzo
AN ALPINE PAPARAZZO Moreno Gianera lives in Prata Camportaccio, and as a genuine enthusiast of mountain terrain turned his passion for the outdoors into a career. A habitual visitor to the upper reaches he has had ample opportunities to observe the full range of Alpine wildlife within their natural habitat. He ...
Landscape Fit for Artists
Landscape Fit for Artists Discovering the extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage of ValBregaglia   Not everybody knows that the celebrated artist Alberto Giacometti was born in Borgonovo, Bregaglia in 1901. His hugely expressive face, a combination of bemusement and melancholy stares out at you from the Swiss ...
La Valchiavenna e i suoi eventi risplendono in un video
LA VALCHIAVENNA E I SUOI EVENTI RISPLENDONO IN UN VIDEO   Sport, natura, enogastronomia, musica, arte e cultura nelle immagini degli appuntamenti che renderanno speciale il 2017   Sempre più video nell’azione promozionale del Consorzio turistico della Valchiavenna: la forza evocativa delle ...
Club Alpino Italiano della Valchiavenna
Per il Club Alpino Italiano della Valchiavenna è di attualità la tematica relativa al rispetto e alla sostenibilità della montagna che in più modi vengono disattesi ad esempio adottando comportamenti inadeguati da parte di escursionisti o con l´utilizzo improprio di mezzi a ...
Norme per la raccolta
NORME PER LA RACCOLTA DI FUNGHI – FIORI – FRUTTI DEL SOTTOBOSCO – PIANTE OFFICINALI   Comuni di Madesimo e Campodolcino Download pdf
From Russia with love
When Platon Ratskevich, diplomat by profession, first turned up in Valchiavenna it was a classic case of love at first sight. And it’s proved an enduring relationship which has bound the Russian to our valley for fully ten years now. All it took was a highly enjoyable skiing holiday on Valle Spluga’s fine ...
Keeping the flame alive
Italo, Fabio, Nicolò. And if we add the surname Pedroncelli, thoughts immediately turn to winter sports. Three generations of the very same skiing family, with Nicolò, at just 11, the latest family member to take on the mantle of his grandfather. Italo, born in 1935 became the most illustrious and charismatic of ...
Tourism a Genuine Team Game
Once upon a time - many years ago - there were those who had already seen the potential. Tourism - trips and holidays. In this article we ‘d like to take one huge, first step in updating and pointing the way forward for Tourism under the Valchiavenna sun, both today and in the future. The two cohorts of the Consorzio ...
Tradition and innovation combined
There are any number of elements which can make a winter vacation in the mountains really rather special. A blunder out in fresh snow, the silence of the woods at dusk, or the odd satisfaction of blooming health despite aching limbs after a long, intense day on the ski slopes. Madesimo knows very well how to offer its ...
The covenant of arca!!
Where the flavours and cultural cuisine of the Mediterranean blends with that of northern Europe, taking in traditional Alpine treats along the away. Right here in the heart of historic Chiavenna beckons the restaurant Arca. Via Paolo Bossi, where the Deflorio clan have guaranteed a warm welcome, eclectic menu created ...
A strictly family affair
Chiavennna – and when there’s any mention of pasta – one name immediately springs to mind – that of MORO. The story of the family and pasta factory are inextricably intertwined within the social and economic fabric of the little town. Ever since 1867, the year in which Moro established the ...
Un libro sulla storia del Passo dello Spluga
Un libro sulla storia del Passo dello Spluga Con traduzioni in tedesco e italiano di Gian Primo Falappi, Bernadette Hautmann e Marcella Pult, è da poco uscito un interessante volume che ripercorre la storia del Passo dello Spluga.  Il libro è stato curato da Georg Jäger, al quale si deve ...
Where dreams are born
The final scene of “A.I. - Artificial Intelligence” Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film based on an idea by Stanley Kubrick closes with the line “And David fell asleep and for the first time in his life went to the place where dreams are born”. In the process of reviewing Jacopo ...
Bersaglio di Chiavenna
Il Centro studi storici a Bersaglio   Qualche cittadino avrà forse notato, trovandosi in Pratogiano, che, all’imbocco di una delle due rampe che salgono al crotto Ubiali, una targa la indica come via al Bersaglio. Prende il nome dal tiro a segno a cui conduce. È la sua quarta e ultima sede ...
Bandadram
The brainchild of Roberto Lisignoli,Bandadram is a “street band” made up of percussionists guaranteed to grab everyone’s attention thanks to their engaging rhythms, movement and a choreography which almost immediately brings to mind the Samba Batucada, a style of music that might be Brazilian in origin but which owes ...
80 years young
Happy 80th birthday wishes to Chiavenna’s Corale Laurenziana!! Christmas 1936 marks the date when it was established, a mere 6 months after its founder don Giocondo D’Amato held his first mass as canon in our little Alpine town. A rare anniversary for a rare choral collective ...
Trigger Happy
I haven’t known Andrea “Shooter” Resta for that long at all. But our friendship came about because of a shared interest in photography. It’s actually an overwhelming passion for the pair of us, more than a hobby - almost an obsession – it ...
Cloudbusting
Fabio Cucchi is a highly respected photographer who in Valle Spluga has produced an extravagant series of images devoted to water in all its shapes and forms. It’s easy to understand the attraction. A night sky above becoming a star-crusted crown, the valley adopting the soft blur of fleecy ...
Paola
Yes indeed “Paola’s Corner” has become a veritable touchstone for any visitor to Chiavenna who has clear ambitions in hunting down a souvenir – but don’t anticipate anything trivial! Of all the names which Paola Giuriani might have featured above her shop window, “Paola’s Corner” has a genuine ring to it. In the via ...
New arrivals
It’s at this time of year, whenever I have a spare moment that my instinct for photography leads me to go and check out how mother swan’s getting on with her nesting. If I’m lucky I might just get to see her new brood over a couple of days. If that’s the case and her eggs have already hatched I ...
Say yes at Palazzo Vertemate
For many years now couples have dreamt of tying the matrimonial knot within this magnificent mansion with its 16th century rooms and splendid gardens. And finally, thanks to the Comune di Chiavenna the possibility of celebrating a very special day at the stately home in Piuro has received the green light. ...
Apartments in Valchiavenna
If you would like to rent out an apartment in Valchiavenna, Consorzio Turistico Valchiavenna propose you to buy an  advertisement on our web sites: www.valchiavenna.com www.campodolcino.eu www.madesimo.com    The cost is euro 40 for one year.   Into the section ACCOMODATION, everyone can check the list of ...
Mysteries Miths or Martians
Vho. An odd name indeed. It brings to mind an old black and white TV series of the 70’s, “Doctor Who” now a cult film niche. Science fiction at its best featuring an enigmatic character, a reality-transforming time-traveller cloaked within an aura of genuine ...
10 historic years 40 absorbing issues
Right now, just flicking through the pages of fully 40 editions issued by the Consorzio Turistico invokes a range of emotions as we mark the 10th anniversary of ValchiavennaVacanze . Quite a milestone frankly. It’s the result of years of commitment and ...
Fiori e frutti del sottobosco
La particolare posizione geografica, a metà tra il mondo prealpino e il centro delle Alpi, la varietà di microclimi e un ambiente alpino ancora poco intaccato, rendono i monti della Valchiavenna un´area molto ricca dal punto di vista naturalistico e botanico. La sua posizione geografica, più o meno al centro della ...
Butterflies: the wonders of nature
Nothing stands still in the constantly changing natural world. As we wander through forest, field or along mountain paths in summer the actual cycle that Nature represents, through flower, insect, bird and wildlife might go relatively unnoticed but the dramatic explosion of life that results from ...
Reflex action! Michele Iosi Photographer
I’ve known Michele for many a year. Since we were kids at play. In the 80’s we created Valchiavenna’s very first websites together. But I can honestly say via genuine friendship and affection that I never imagined in those long-gone days the poetic and philosophical side to him that is so clearly expressed today ...
Everything under the sun
A popular feature of the week in Chiavenna is Saturday’s market in Pratogiano area. Popular with residents and visitors alike - full of character, colour and all-year-round bargain opportunities. The market sets out its stall early in the day: everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, sweets and biscuits of every ...
Glimpses of light and shadow
Strangely enough Ivo’s talent owes much to his wife Donata. Or rather to a gift he made several years ago which he then adopted for himself. It began with a neatly wrapped Reflex camera tied with a bow on the occasion of his wife’s birthday, and the idea of her learning the basics of ...
A Natural Combination
Holidays of a lifetime. Literally. In Vallespluga. It’s not overstating the case to say that Enrico Minotti might well have actually taken his very first steps in the meadows and woods around the village of Fraciscio. Fast forward a few years and once school had finished for the summer it was routine to head ...
They're back!
Within the deafening silence of the mountains by Mauro Canziani   In the century which followed their extinction on a local scale, the rewards and recompense afforded to those involved in the cull of the so-called "savage beasts&´ were withdrawn. The woods were left to themselves again But latterly the ...
Snapping away in the Val di Giust
Elio Selvatico, perhaps better known in art and by habitué of social media as Elliott Wild, followed up his passion for football – as coach within the junior sector – by discovering the joys of photography. He describes himself as enthusiast rather than professional, but his snapshots with their attention to detail ...
Magical, Mystical Montespluga
“It’s not easy to comprehend that one’s ego is a particular constraint and that planet earth is the way to experience the infinite”. (Yogi Bhajan) “Kundalini, literally “the lock of hair of the beloved” in Sanskrit, is a yoga technique of self-therapy rooted in an ancient ...
35 Years on and still going strong
Valchiavenna’s road-racing group was established in November 1980 with a view to organising competitive road-racing on a local basis for both young and old. The initiative took shape early the following year and immediately attracted considerable interest. During its ...
Photography and fun!
The group has already become a cult phenomenon amongst photography enthusiasts throughout Valchiavenna. Find us on Facebook by typing “The most beautiful landscapes of Valchiavenna”. There are nearly 5000 members now and it’s free to all as long as you send ...
A safe pair of hands
Flavio “Cico” Del Giorgio is a dynamic 60 yearold mountain fanatic who CAI has entrusted with the overseeing of the Chiara and Walter bivouac situated at 2660m at the Passo di Lei.  He’s a natural choice and totally committed to the task. Dedicated to Chiara Giuriani ...
Via Spluga Guide available on Ipad
App-solutely fabulous!!! Via Spluga Guide available on Ipad.   This recent initiative from the Consorzio Turistico in Valchiavenna means that information, images and tips for the Via Spluga are always to hand. All you need to know about the historic Alpine pathway covering the 70km from Thusis to Chiavenna. Totally ...
A blogger’s guide
Party time? A blogger’s guide   The love of good food has – perfectly naturally increased considerably over recent years. It’s partly due to the plethora of television programmes on the subject which have clearly “whetted the viewer’s appetite” in trying their hand in the kitchen. No bad thing either. Christmas and ...
Valchiavenna Turismo Facebook Page!
The new Facebook page, VALCHIAVENNA TURISMO has been born! This is an important way to raise awareness not only of the this territory and its beauty, nature, and culture, but also for the events and traditions of Valchiavenna. In addition, this page will be used to keep followers informed about public transport ...
The lady of the Alps
Ptarmigan lives in the upper mountains and comfortably adjust to life there despite the harsh winter temperatures. Medium in size, curved beak and a well-proportioned, compact body. The ptarmigan is rightly considered to be the aristocratic lady of the Alps due to her ...
Classic Models on Parade
The historic gallery of Chiavenna’s Fire Department is opening a new room dedicated to Claudio Persenico’s fire engine models. That’s me – a retired fire department head who served in the Chiavenna base from 1975 – 2008. My spare time was devoted to the construction of models on a scale of 1:14. It was a passion for ...
Storia e storie di Fraciscio
Testo a cura di Guido Scaramellini Centro studi storici Valchiavennaschi Credo che nessun toponimo abbia subìto da chi non è del posto tante storpiature quanto Fraciscio. Molto spesso ne si “addolcisce” la pronuncia introducendo una “n” e facendolo diventare Franciscio, ...
Carden: architectural gems
The architecture of the central Alps has long held a fascination for many. We’re not talking now about the splendid mansions or villas that feature in small northern town or city. We’ve gone all rustic. Styles of rural dwellings can of course differ hugely but in our local valleys there’s a pattern. Up until the ...
Colourful Casenda
Maize was intensively cultivated until the last war, and provided the flour for making polenta - the staple diet for many families in those days. And of course polenta still features – but not three times a day! The fact is that nutrition until the 1950/60’s was very much allied to home produce. Meat didn’t feature ...
Procession of the faithful
This Good Friday, as ever, will see the Chiavenna Faithful celebrate Easter week with an elaborate, evocative procession through candle-lined narrow streets, from S. Fedele to S. Lorenzo halting in squares before continuing past the town’s elegant, frescoed homes, bell towers and churches. History and religion ...
New Neighbours: wild boars
Recent years has seen a considerable increase in sightings of wild boars throughout Valchiavenna. Tenacious and combative they have a somewhat uncouth nature, are physically very strong, and have spread rapidly even in the valley plains where they vie for territory with the ungulates. In a few short years the wild ...
The great migrants back on the wind
Silence reigns in the vast expanse of land surrounding the Lago di Mezzòla. It’s Autumn and something has changed. You note the colour of the vegetation, the gentle and constant lapping of waves on the sandy shores. But above all it’s the silence which prevails over a territory which until only very ...
Giardino botanico di Fraciscio
A Campodolcino, per gli appassionati della flora alpina, c´è il giardino botanico di Fraciscio, situato in centro paese, sotto la piazza della Chiesa di S. Rocco. Da alcuni anni è gestito dal Museo della Via Spluga, con l´intento di conservare e curare le oltre 160 specie botaniche presenti. ...
Guardian angels amidst the mountains
The National Mountain Rescue Team is ready and active within Valchiavenna itself, with bases at Chiavenna and Madesimo. Staffed by highly qualified and experienced volunteers, the squad is capable of intervening quickly to undertake rescue operations in the mountains, incorporating activities such ...
All in the detail
Apparently the secret is getting the proportion right… And it’s here in his studio, situated in an elegant building in the San Bartolomeo district of Chiavenna, that Carlo Andreoletti, an engineer born in 1942, creates scale copies of the town’s key artistic attractions. Potstone portals of the impressive ...
Ufficio Turistico e Biblioteca di Campodolcino
Un servizio molto utilizzato e apprezzato dai turisti che soggiornano a Campodolcino è l´Internet Point attivo presso l´Ufficio Turistico in Via don Romeo Ballerini, 2. L’Ufficio Turistico mette a disposizione degli utenti una postazione per la navigazione Internet e la connessione Wi-Fi ...
Chiavenna's town band
Chiavenna’s impressive ‘Town Band’ represents the oldest in the province of Sondrio. In a San Lorenzo ecclesiastical pamphlet of 1707, Giovan Giacomo Macolino recorded the band’s participation in the Good Friday procession, stating ...
Celebrating old values
The celebration of San Bernardo is a much-awaited feature of Bodengo’s year. The little church (15th C.) in the village is dedicated to the saint and the penultimate weekend in August sees the entire populace gather in the crotto area of this extraordinary alpine retreat. In years gone by it remained a ...
Walter Bonatti, a friend of Valchiavenna
Along with my wife Giusi and my children Guido, Mario and Carolina we had the great fortune to spend a lot of time on many different occasions with Walter and Rossana, both in Valchiavenna but also on holidays and more adventurous trips in many parts of the world. Walter loved our particular valley and would often ...
Interview with sculptor Nicolas Viry
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition.” (Michelangelo)   Sounds transparent enough! Let’s ask a local ...
The Globetrotting Gourmet
Despite his mere 30 years, Mattia Giacomelli, the chef at the Crimea restaurant/hotel, can boast a wealth of experience with considerable plaudits and recognition. He embarked on his professional gastronomic journey at a particularly early age. At the age of 14 to be precise. Having completed his studies at the ...
Il guardiano del Cardinello
Dalla fine del ‘700, la Locanda di Martino Raviscioni offre ospitalità e confortoai viandanti che intraprendono ’arduo passaggio del Cardinello. Un luogo simbolo, divenuto una tappa imperdibile della Via Spluga.   Ci sono infinite storie che la Via Spluga ha raccontato in questi ultimi dieci ...
The chamois in winter
Curiosity plays a big part in my passion for photographing nature at its purest. And chamois in the snow in the upper reaches of Valle Spluga were a natural attraction. It’s impossible not to be impressed by their capacity to endure even the most hostile of winters. On my regular photo excursions throughout the ...
Pictures that tell stories
Caterina Scaramellini aka “Kika” is a young and established illustrator and cartoonist. She was born in Chiavenna 27 years ago and continues to live here today, returning after a period of study and training to create her very own studio and follow her chosen career. Despite her youth, ...
Hunting foxes - for art's sake
These creatures will be instantly recognizable should you meet one in the woods or elsewhere in the snow. With a long and tapered nose, dark pointed ears, tiny paws, the fox immediately endears itself. Its soft thick fur – protection against winter’s harsh elements – ...