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Tirano (I)

Tirano (I)

Tirano, main town of the Italian province of Sondrio, lies in the upper Veltlin at the entrance to the Puschlav (route to the Berninapass into Upper Engadine) very close to the Swiss border. It is the southernmost terminus of the Rhaetian Railway Bernina line.
The settlement developed on the banks of the River Adda below the Dosso fortress, documented in 1073. Worth seeing are the Dosso fotress ruins above the town and the 14th and 15th century town fortifications with three town gates: Porta Poschiavina, Porta Bormina and Porta Milanese and the remains of the Santa Maria fortress. Striking in the townscape are the many Palazzi or palaces, built by wealthy families during the Graubunden sovereignty: the Palazzo Salis, Palazzo Pretorio, Palazzo Marinoni (today the town hall), Palazzo Torelli and the two Palazzi Pievani and Trombini on the town outskirts on the other side of the Adda.

A monumental pilgrimage church – Madonna di Tirano – was built in 1505 at the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin, about a kilometre before the gates of the town. A second settlement grew up around the church.

The Veltlin (ital. Valtellina) is the valley of the River Adda and its side valleys. It begins in the north-east basin of Bormio and ends where the Adda flows into the Comer See (Lake Como). Between the 15th and 18th centuries, the Veltlin repeatedly belonged to the confederation. Graubunden sovereignty finally ended in 1797 when Napoleon allocated the Veltlin to the newly formed Cisalpine Republic.

Tirano has two railway stations: the Stazione FS of the normal-gauge Italian railway and directly adjacent, the terminus of the narrow-gauge Bernina line run by the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) since 1908. The Bernina-Express provides direct connections from Chur and St. Moritz to Tirano. Regional trains are also in operation.

Veltlin is famous for its Veltliner wine. For centuries this has been mostly produced from Nebbiolo grapes which grow in the extensive vineyards of central and lower Veltlin. The slightly tart Veltliner goes best with red meat and dried meat.

Highlights

  • Veltliner – palatable red wine (but also rosé and white), which to a great extent is exported to Switzerland.
  • Bernina Railway – stretch of the Rhaetian Railway from St. Moritz to Tirano, with 7% gradient one of the steepest adhesion railways.
  • Circular Brusio viaduct – the Bernina Railway describes a 360° curve on the viaduct; popular photographic subject on the Swiss-Italian border.
Tirano, main town of the Italian province of Sondrio, lies in the upper Veltlin at the entrance to the Puschlav (route to the Berninapass into Upper Engadine) very close to the Swiss border. It is the southernmost terminus of the Rhaetian Railway Bernina line.
The settlement developed on the banks of the River Adda below the Dosso fortress, documented in 1073. Worth seeing are the Dosso fotress ruins above the town and the 14th and 15th century town fortifications with three town gates: Porta Poschiavina, Porta Bormina and Porta Milanese and the remains of the Santa Maria fortress. Striking in the townscape are the many Palazzi or palaces, built by wealthy families during the Graubunden sovereignty: the Palazzo Salis, Palazzo Pretorio, Palazzo Marinoni (today the town hall), Palazzo Torelli and the two Palazzi Pievani and Trombini on the town outskirts on the other side of the Adda.

A monumental pilgrimage church – Madonna di Tirano – was built in 1505 at the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin, about a kilometre before the gates of the town. A second settlement grew up around the church.

The Veltlin (ital. Valtellina) is the valley of the River Adda and its side valleys. It begins in the north-east basin of Bormio and ends where the Adda flows into the Comer See (Lake Como). Between the 15th and 18th centuries, the Veltlin repeatedly belonged to the confederation. Graubunden sovereignty finally ended in 1797 when Napoleon allocated the Veltlin to the newly formed Cisalpine Republic.

Tirano has two railway stations: the Stazione FS of the normal-gauge Italian railway and directly adjacent, the terminus of the narrow-gauge Bernina line run by the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) since 1908. The Bernina-Express provides direct connections from Chur and St. Moritz to Tirano. Regional trains are also in operation.

Veltlin is famous for its Veltliner wine. For centuries this has been mostly produced from Nebbiolo grapes which grow in the extensive vineyards of central and lower Veltlin. The slightly tart Veltliner goes best with red meat and dried meat.

Highlights

  • Veltliner – palatable red wine (but also rosé and white), which to a great extent is exported to Switzerland.
  • Bernina Railway – stretch of the Rhaetian Railway from St. Moritz to Tirano, with 7% gradient one of the steepest adhesion railways.
  • Circular Brusio viaduct – the Bernina Railway describes a 360° curve on the viaduct; popular photographic subject on the Swiss-Italian border.

Arrival and return Tirano (I)

Adresse

Valtellina Turismo
Via Trieste 12
23100 Sondrio
Tel. +39 0342 512500
info@valtellina.it
www.valtellina.it

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Tirano (I)
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