Along the famous branch of Lake Lecco and the first Lombard hills, you can reach Bormio, a town in the heart of the Stelvio National Park and an ideal destination for high-altitude skiing. But this jewel of the Alps also provides the perfect opportunity to unwind, thanks to the historic waters that flow underground, for relaxing spa sessions with a breathtaking view in the QC Terme facilities: Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi.
For a satisfying break, the local restaurants will tickle your taste buds with fresh ingredients from the forest, game, cold cuts and cheeses; then relax in the elegant wooden and beautifully designed hotels and get peacefully lulled to sleep by the quiet of the mountain.
Among the peaks that seem to touch the sky, Monte Braulio holds one of the most ancient secrets of the Valtellinese tradition: the Amaro Braulio recipe, made from a bouquet of herbs that grow on the slopes of the mountains, visible in the Bagni di Bormio Park . Go to Via Roma: under your feet, a few meters deep, there are the Braulio Cellars, where history and innovation meet for centuries-old alcohol production that has been handed down from generation to generation.
For a pampering you won’t forget, here is our selection of the best places to sleep, eat, relax and spend a few hours between skiing and discovering the beauty of Bormio.
From the snowy peaks to the gorgeous hot springs of Bormio: the Terme QC Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi will satisfy your desire for relaxation. Connected to each other by a shuttle service, the two elegant spa facilities will welcome you in a warm embrace with a breathtaking view of the mountainous panorama.
Let yourself be enchanted by the thousand-year history of the Bagni Vecchi, with a sweeping basin carved into the rock and the Grotta di San Martino, built in 1827; or immerse yourself in more than thirty exclusive spa offerings. Take a walk through the outdoor pools – open all year round – set in the large garden of the Bagni Nuovi.
Put on your soft bathrobe and enjoy the tranquility: an unforgettable experience of alpine wellness is waiting for you.
SKIING AND OTHER OUTDOOR SPORTS
Snow lovers will have nothing to complain about: with 15 ski lifts and 18 slopes (including the famous Bormio 2000 and Bormio 3000), The Vertical Fun is the perfect setting for high-altitude sports gatherings.
Imagine participating in the World Cup while darting down the famous Stelvio slope or enjoying the beauty of skiing for 4 km at night under the stars. Snow Park and Fun Area will be the launching pad for amazing stunts and fun for all ages, including parabolic curves, funslopes and family parks.
And for a delicious break or après ski on the slopes, head to the renowned Be White restaurant for a bite in pure Valtellinese style, with a thirst-quenching cocktail to match. Revel in the rhythm of the music or enjoy a enchanting meal with a breathtaking view on the terrace of Heaven 3000 Panoramic Restaurant. However, Bormio is not only a destination for skiing; you can wear comfortable hiking shoes or grab your mountain bike: among green slopes and woods as far as the eye can see, you can walk the paths of the Stelvio National Park to discover alpine fauna and flora, climb a rock wall or experience Husky Trekking, in the company of a four-legged friend.
And if these adrenaline-pumping activities do not reflect your more meditative soul, you can instead dedicate yourself to relaxing golf sessions – at the local Golf Club – or fishing along the mountain rivers and crystal clear lakes.
For an alpine stay centered around comfort and elegance, Bormio offers special locations where you can let yourself be soothed by the mountain tranquility. The Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi winks at the Art Nouveau style, between bright rooms, relaxation bathrooms and the historic Salone dei Balli restaurant; for a pleasant sleep in rooms immersed in wood, Hotel Bagni Vecchi welcomes you with medieval references and hand-decorated furnishings.
In the heart of the village, Hotel Sottovento will pamper you with an elegant experience, between delicious pastry and unforgettable comfort, while Eden Hotel showcases the snowy panorama from the large windows overlooking the valley, in rooms curated with a great attention to detail.
A warm embrace of tradition awaits you at the Hotel San Lorenzo, where the elegance of the past will make you feel at home. And for a stay in true alpine style, the Hotel Genzianella will welcome you in a chalet with a chic atmosphere.
With gourmet dishes that have made history in the area, the cuisine of the valley offers delicious locales for hungry palates. To rediscover the flavors of the past, Al Filò is the ideal place: located in an old barn transformed into a sophisticated restaurant where you can taste pizzoccheri, game and polenta accompanied by a glass of excellent wine.
Experience a typical Valtellinese dinner in La Rasiga: between ancient wood and alpine-style furnishings, time seems to stand still here. The Enoteca Guanella restaurant will take you on an intoxicating journey between selected labels and a well-kept environment, where the dishes are accompanied by the glasses, in a combination of tradition and innovation. Alpine-inspired design and furnishings make Mary + Co the perfect destination for a taste of the Lombard recipe book.
And for the true sports lovers, Buca 19 – at the Golf Club of Bormio – will charm you with its clear mountain inspiration shown through paintings, wood and delicious cuisine inside an original chalet.
Agriturismo Rini will take you to the discovery of a 0 km gastronomic experience, where regional tradition, modernity and excellent fresh ingredients collide in a refined alpine location.
For the true connoisseurs visiting Bormio, a taste of Amaro Braulio is a must. On the slopes of the eponymous mountain that watches over the valley, grew the first herbs that still make up the secret recipe of this Valtellina treasure. From generation to generation, today the baton has passed to Edoardo Tarantola Peloni who personally follows all the production phases, from the selection of the ingredients to the barrel aging.
Go to the village, in Via Roma: a visit to the Braulio Cellars – open to the public on Wednesdays (from 5:00 pm) and on Saturdays (from 6:00 pm) – and you will witness 140 years of tradition, along an underground labyrinth that winds among the precious Slavonian oak barrels.
And if the taste of classic Braulio and Braulio Riserva has conquered you during your Valtellinese stay, buy your bottle at the historic shop next to the cellars, for a home-made tasting with woody scents.
This year Braulio has decided to dedicate a limited edition of 200 bottles to its prestigious barrel aging, inside a special barrel-shaped package to be purchased at the official store; an original gift idea for a toast in full alpine spirit.
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