Historical and cultural itinerary in Bormio

What really makes Bormio so attractive and different from most of the other ski resorts is its old centre, a clear sign of how our town has lived through the centuries.. Magic views, portals, palaces, churches and frescoes, all perfectly maintained and restored, mean that a walk through the old town centre can be experienced as an extraordinary adventure through art and culture and the smallest alleyway bears witness to this. We have created the following walking tour to help you enjoy the best insights of Bormio without missing the most fascinating places. Get your cameras ready and … enjoy the tour at your own pace! Going out of the Miramonti Park Hotel, go towards the traffic lights, on the corner with Via Santa Barbara where the lovely church of the same name stands, dating back to 1500. On the opposite side, where Via al Forte starts, there the Sassella house (now Alpenrose Café) with two fragments of fresco dated from the 16th century. Proceeding along Via al Forte, on the corner with Via Trieste, you can see the Anzi house, an antique patrician dwelling (15th century). Opposite, in Via Pedranzini, there is the magnificent Padranzini house, which still displays the coats of arms of the “Grey Leagues”, with traces of some old frescoes (17th century) underneath. In the same street you can see the De Simoni House with its stone coat of arms on the portal. At n. 19 of this street, there is the old North-West Customs, which used to be a checkpoint for people coming from Val Fraele and the Stelvio Pass. The tour proceeds towards Via Monte Brualio amid a succession of frescoes and portals.

Here turn right then left into Via San Francesco and then Via Buon Consiglio where Palazzo De Simoni stands. This palace is property of the local authorities and houses the Civic Museum. Proceed till you reach the beginning of Via Alberti and you can see Alberti House standing on the corner with Via Ripa Belvedere. The house presents a stone ogive portal and a fine gothic mullioned window. A little further you can admire the Alberti Castle (17th-18th centuries). Follow Via Alberti, across the “Stretta dei Morti” (Alleyway of the Dead), which leads to the true and proper old centre. In Piazza Cavour, you can see the Torre delle Ore (Tower of the Hours), now Civic Tower, dating back to the 16th century. The present-day bells were cast after melting the famous huge “Baiona” bell, which would summon the people of Bormio and surrounding valley to the meetings of the Local Council.

Next to it stands the Kuerc, a traditional 13th century construction built in the shape of a roofed amphitheatre, where justice was administered. The Church of San Gervasio and Protasio (14th century), true centre of the religious life of Bormio, dominates the square.

From Piazza Cavour, take Via Morcelli, where at number 9, you can see the Cola House with its facade ornated with a fresco depicting the annunciation to the saints dating back to the 15th century. Further on there is the old South-East customs, a checkpoint for people travelling from Valtellina across the Bridge of Combo and the Venetian Republic across the Gavia Pass. Proceeding towards Frodolfo torrent, you will be enraptured by the 14th century Combo Bridge. Cross it and on the left you will see the Dei Cas House, the dwelling of the family of the same name. The building has the shape of a small fortress with embrasures and remains of towers as it would garrison the access to the bridge. In the small alleyway on the left, there is the beautiful Sassello Chuch, dating back to the 17th century overlooking the whole town. From here you can admire the most peculiar bell tower of the Combo Church (12th century), which can be reached easily in a few minutes’ walk. Once you are in front of this building, you are in the piazza of the Holy Crucifixion.

It is now time to start the return journey but not without walking down Via Roma, the heart of shopping and cafés, so rich in charm and magnificent portals. So the tour will now take you back to Piazza del Kuerc along Via Roma. At the beginning of the street there is the Buzzi House, well worth a pause. This construction dates back to the 16th century and from 1825 to 1915 it served as a coaching house for the coaches that used to connect Val Padana with Val Venosta. Further on in front of Piazzetta Martino Anzi stands the old Peloni Pharmacy, which contains a beautiful “stube”, a wooden-clad room, dating back to the 17th century. Further on you can see the Peloni House, now the seat of the superb Amaro Braulio winery, then the Alberti Tower, a massive construction in grey stone, which over the centuries was used as a school and barracks for the Alpine regiments. Enter the inner court yard of the Alberti Tower to see the Alberti House (now seat of the library) and the Church of S. Ignatius (16th century). Via De Simoni where you are now and its side streets hold many more views and interesting palaces but to remain on the “return journey”, we advise you to go back to Via Roma. Standing in front of Banca Credito Valtellinese, you cannot possibly miss one of the most beautiful baroque portals of Bormio, that of the De Gasperi House. (17th century).

A few meters ahead is the Church of San Vitale, which is one of the oldest in Bormio (12th century). Can you spare five minutes? Cross the arch doorway into Via Industrie, turn left into Via Mulini to the Salacrist Mill (12th century), then go back to Piazzetta San Vitale, continue towards Via Roma until you find the recently restored small deconsecrated church of the Holy Spirit on your right. A few meters from here, on the right, we are sure you will not miss the Zaveri House (14th century). Our tour ends here and you are now welcome to go back to the hotel for a well deserved rest! But do not deceive yourself into thinking that you have seen it all! The Da Zanche family and the reception staff will be more than happy to advise you about further insights of our enchanting town

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