Sentiero Valtellina, Verceia

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#17 of 22 in Parks in Province of Sondrio
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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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful and difficult experience the day of August! We left at 10 from Colico by regional train (extra charge bike €3 daily) after their rented two MTB at Rent a Bike about 500 meters from the station (€20 cost per day each). In about an hour we reached Tirano and from there began our path. The track is very well signposted, confident, promiscuous in some short sections but it's back roads and little traffic, is really nice and relaxing ride along the Adda River and between the green of Woods and farmland. The first 30 km up to Sondrio we definitely saves having a path much more varied and entertaining, with some nice rides and several well-equipped rest areas every 2 1//4 km. From Sondrio forward the path becomes more plain, more monotonous and almost everything exposed to the Sun, and with RV virtually absent until Morbegno. Also just before arriving in Morbegno due to a power cut we have done 3 km on a real highway with cars that whizzed at high speed and a dangerous maneuver to resume the path shown on the opposite side (come unto guardrail waiting for a "hole" to throw us). We arrived at the station of Morbegno at 17, after 60 km and several stops. Consider whether you are amateurs like us who have cycled at least 4 hours. Probably the most fun is the stretch Bormio-Bormio (starting from Bormio) or wanting to proceed to Sondrio. If I were to do it again I would exclude the stretch from Colico-Sondrio. Anyway great organization in Valtellina, a path model.
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  • July 30, 2017
    We hired two bikes to the attempt at the bridge in albosaggia and we headed in the direction of pull. The location is very safe, along the Adda River and offers breathtaking landscapes. Characteristic is the part from Boffetto arrives at Castle in the water, where the trail passes through small quaint village. Got to Pull the route passes within the old town and in front of the famous basilica. Finally after Pulling along a road in slight slope leads to an artificial lake whose water color is very striking. Along the way there are many places for a picnic or to relax in the countryside. A beautiful place for a day immersed in nature
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  • July 1, 2017
    You can leave your car in the parking lot of the shop Valtebike in Albosaggia (Sondrio ringroad, exit onto Via Vanoni and always keep the right for a few hundred metres until you see a spectacular and majestic white bridge). On deck there is the KM 0 and going left down towards T/Morbegno while if you go right up to Tirano. Both paths are well marked and easy to follow even by those who are untrained. There are many places on the route Sondrio-Tirano with road also open to motor vehicles, but they are back alleys with very little traffic and very safe crossings. The bottom is all asphalt and, keeping the right concentration on the road, you can admire amazing views, accompanied by placido and imposing of the river Adda, who accompanies you on the side for nearly the entire trace.
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