Rising into the blue, the high-altitude slopes, après ski lodges and
Alta Valtellina, or the
Roughly 90 miles northeast of
Sforzato di Valtellina is the other DOCG wine of the Sondrio region. It is made in the same way as Amarone, and the name loosely translates to “forced” in local dialect. Sforzato is a bold, robust wine with deep extraction and a long, satin finish that accents the earthy flavor of the local bresaola. Valtellina’s bresaola is considered
From Tirano, the main route heads north. Perched high above Valtellina near the border with
Despite its popularity as a sporting destination, the town has maintained its old-world feel. Restaurants in the historic town center offer traditional dishes, and rustic bars serve up cozy aprés ski drinks to take the edge off a long day on the slopes.
Bormio’s thermal baths offer their rejuvenating waters year round. The original Roman baths, the Bagni Vecchi, are now divided into six sections with more than 30 different thermal facilities and treatments. The newer Bagni Nuovi spa also has a variety of thermal facilities, including a waterfall and a Turkish bath.
Both spas are accessible to the public, but to truly enjoy the facilities, you should stay in one of the adjacent hotels. The Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi is the more elegant of the two and has long been a destination for celebrities, with its luxurious dining room housed in the old ballroom. The Hotel Bagni Vecchi is the charming but humble sibling to the Grand Hotel, smaller in scale with only 12 rooms. Guests of either hotel get free use of the baths that are located within walking distance of one another.
While Alta Valtellina is truly a winter wonderland, a return visit in the summer offers its own share of adventure. Bormio has easy access to the vast Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio, the largest park in the
WHERE TO STAY
In a village near Tirano, this small hotel has 14 amenity-filled rooms and a trattoria featuring wines from nearby vineyards. Altavilla di Anna Bertola, Via ai Monti, 46, Bianzone, 23030, tel. 0342.720355, double room 40 to 68 euros, altavilla.info.
Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort and Hotel
Two hotels and two thermal baths are located in this spa complex. The Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi has 74 richly decorated rooms with panoramic views. The Hotel Bagni Vecchi is a smaller alternative, featuring 12 rooms filled with local antiques. Both hotels offer guests unlimited access to the nearby
This three-star hotel was recently renovated and features a sleek, modern look with tasteful, up-to-date rooms near the historical center of Sondrio. Via Bernina 7/B, Sondrio, 23100, tel. 0342.512424, double room 70 to 90 euros, hotelschenatti.it.
WHERE TO EAT
A restaurant, enoteca and museum all in one, this charming and rustic spot specializes in local cuisine, using Casera cheese and buckwheat flower in many of its dishes. After dinner, guests can tour the on-site wine museum in the small town near Tirano. Via Brebbia 7, Villa di Tirano, 23030, tel. 0342.795805, hostariatona.it.
A family-owned agriturismo with farm animals on-site, the dining room is cozy and evokes the feeling of a farmhouse. It specializes in local cuisine and wines. Via Cav. Pietro Rini, 2, Bormio, 23032, tel. 0342.901224, rini.it.
In this contemporary yet cozy atmosphere, the resident chef mixes high-end cuisine in simple but elegant presentations. Piazza Cavour, 13, Sondrio, 23100, tel. 3422.12210, ristorantesalepepe.it.
Photo courtesy of Bagni Di Bormio Spa Resort
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