April 22, 2014

For a trip to the Alps it’s always high season...

Livigno, Alps
Italy is a worldwide dreamed destination for its millenary history, for its precious artworks of all times, for its calm mediterranean beaches… But also for the most fashion ski resorts in the world, competing with neighbour countries that share the same mountain chain, the Alps.
Along all the italian borders with continental Europe there are gorgeus peaks, passes and valleys with enchanting mountain villages. The first two destinations we are going to discover in our blog’s travel are the closest to Milan, upon the Alps of Lombardy and at the border with Switzerland: Livigno and Bormio, ancient villages today surrounded by popular ski centers.


Livigno is a popular ski resort in the heart of the Lombard Alps, on the border with Switzerland. Centuries ago, when the village was born, the wooden houses were built one away from the other, to avoid the danger of fire.
Livigno, AlpsAlthough there are no more ancient houses of the seventeenth century, the town has maintained the same structure, aligned along the highway that runs through the valley of the river Spöl. The large alpine plateau, which is an extraterritorial area, and the peaks surrounding it are now a popular winter sports resort.


In the bottom of the Valtellina valley open wide meadows, crossed by the river Adda and Frodolfo, which descends from Valfurva. In this magnificent location, under the Stelvio pass and below the peaks of the Ortler and Cevedale, on the Alps of Lombardy, lies Bormio, where settled the Nets and the Celts first, then the Romans (who seem to have discovered the underground hot springs of Bagni di Bormio) and then the various medieval lords, to the Sforza and Visconti, lords of Milan, all interested in the control of mountain passes.
Bormio, Alps

Today, the ancient center of Bormio, which dates back to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, is at the heart of the largest ski area in the valley, and is the base for hiking and climbing to the tops of neighboring groups. In Bormio is settled the head of the Stelvio National Park.

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