Sentiero Valtellina, Verceia

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Valtellina or the Valtelline ; Veltlin, Valtellina, is a valley in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, bordering Switzerland. Today it is known for its ski center, hot spring spas, bresaola, cheeses and wines. In past centuries it was a key alpine pass between northern Italy and Germany and control of the Valtellina was much sought after, particularly during the Thirty Years' War.GeographyThe most important comune of the valley is Sondrio; the others major centers are Aprica, Morbegno, Tirano, Bormio and Livigno. Although Livigno is on the northern side of the alpine watershed, it is considered part of Valtellina as it falls within the province of Sondrio.HistoryPoliticalThe region was conquered in 16 BC by the Romans. By the 5th century it was Christianized with around ten pieve (rural churches with a baptistery) under the Diocese of Como. The Lombards gained control over the area after 720, but about fifty years later Charlemagne gave the valley to Saint Denis Monastery near Paris. Later the valley returned to the Bishop of Como.
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  • I have walked this path far and wide travel by bike or on foot, and I must say that aside from the hottest summer periods, where they are needed several stops in streams that intersect, is a pleasure to drive. Several times on different days I have walked the stretch that runs from colico, where, to tirano. I promised myself to pursue up to Bormio but I haven't yet. The stretch from colico goes north to Chiavenna is not at all easy to go for too many interruptions and scant reports.
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  • We were invited by friends of Delebio, specially for a day by bicycle on the path. Given that we know many other routes, let me say that this is one of the best! We left from Colico and bicycled to Tirano along 80 km! You pedal very pleasurable, almost always surrounded by nature, along the River with great views, apart from a ride, about halfway through, where we had to walk a few hundred metres on the road. We did not encounter any difficulty, the route is accessible to all, even to those not accustomed to the bike, some difficulty may be only after they pull, because the track climbs towards Bormio, but still nothing particularly challenging. Very convenient to the train we took to return to Colico, loading the bike directly in the wagon.
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  • Is Sunday August 20 is holidaying in Piona, I do anyway a good practice I decided to run on the famous Valtellina trail that goes from Colico to Bormio for a total of 115 km, I begin with Piona and take the path of Ciacc and arriving directly on long Lake Colico, from there the path and at every km a warning sign, the first part is on dirt, then after a few km becomes a paved road approximately 3 meters, running and nice and km run fast, at the 10th km there is the first birdbath in a picnic area Once in Cosio I decide to finish my workout after 18 km, so I headed to the station, take the bus and back to Colico, then the train to Piona. What about the trail is very well maintained to therapies, of course I'll go again for my training outputs whenever I visit over there.
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