In the heart of Valtellina valley, Tirano is a treasure trove of history, a gateway to the majestic Alps, and the start of the iconic Bernina Express journey. Read more

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Tirano, nestled near the Swiss border in the Lombardy region, is a charming Italian town that acts as a crossroads between Italy and Switzerland, especially known for the Bernina Railway—a UNESCO World Heritage site offering one of the most scenic train rides in the world. Beyond the train station, Tirano's old town captivates with its cobblestone streets, Renaissance buildings, and baroque churches, reflecting a rich history dating back to Roman times. The surrounding landscapes are a testament to the town's sublime natural setting, with terraced vineyards on the nearby hillsides that produce some of the region’s finest wines. With a backdrop of dramatic Alpine peaks, Tirano also serves as a base for hikers and winter sports enthusiasts. The town's culinary scene provides a taste of traditional Valtellina cuisine, featuring hearty dishes that draw on the local bounty of cheese, apples, and bresaola.
Tirano is a vibrant mix of cultural heritage and natural beauty, offering an Italian alpine experience that is both authentic and unforgettable. It's a place where travelers can enjoy the slower pace of mountain life while indulging in the pleasures of Italian culture and scenery.

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What to do in Tirano

The Bernina Express

This world-renowned train journey starts from Tirano, crossing the Alps through breathtaking landscapes and reaching St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Sanctuary of Madonna di Tirano

An architectural marvel, this sanctuary is a pilgrimage site with an ornate facade and a richly decorated interior, commemorating an appearance of the Virgin Mary.

Palazzo Salis

A 17th-century palace turned museum, showcasing period furniture, artworks, and a lush Italian garden.

The Old Town

Stroll through the historical center of Tirano, with its picturesque streets, local shops, and traditional eateries.

Basilica of St. Martin

This historical church is known for its beautiful artworks, including frescoes and sculptures.

Terraced Vineyards of Valtellina

Explore the countryside where the vineyards produce acclaimed wines such as Sforzato and Valtellina Superiore.

Cycling and Hiking Trails

Numerous trails offer the chance to explore the natural beauty of the region on foot or by bike.

Gastronomy Tours

Indulge in local flavors with tours focusing on Valtellina's culinary delights, including cheese tasting and wine pairing.

Winter Sports

In the colder months, the Alps provide opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

Ethnographic Museum Valtellinese

Discover the history and culture of the Valtellina region through its artifacts and exhibits.

What else to visit
In and around Tirano

Bormio (31.88 km)

Nestled in the heart of the Italian Alps, Bormio is a haven where ancient thermal baths merge with majestic snow-capped peaks. Renowned for its ski slopes and spa retreats, Bormio is a blend of adrenaline and relaxation.

Livigno (36.03 km)

Tucked within the Italian Alps, Livigno is a high-altitude oasis, renowned for its winter sports, duty-free shopping, and stunning alpine landscapes.

St. Moritz (40.09 km)

St. Moritz, the Swiss Alpine resort, is synonymous with luxury, elegance and first-class winter sports. It offers unforgettable experiences, from world-class slopes to relaxation in its luxurious spa and wellness centres.

Madonna di Campiglio (50.49 km)

Madonna di Campiglio is an alpine paradise offering breathtaking landscapes and world-class skiing. This elegant mountain resort entices visitors year-round with its blend of outdoor adventures and Italian charm.

Albula Railway Museum (56.58 km)

Step back in time and journey through the golden age of railway travel at the Albula Railway Museum. Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, this museum provides a riveting look into the engineering marvels and challenges of mountain rail construction.

Sulzano (58.74 km)

Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Iseo, Sulzano is a tranquil Italian gem that beckons with its breathtaking landscapes and serene ambiance. Here, the shimmering lake meets traditional charm, creating an idyllic escape from the everyday.

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