Bormio and the Stelvio Pass – epic rides to conquer!
Bormio and Alta Valtellina are a real paradise for lovers of two wheels, whether the narrow-wheeled road or racing bikes, or the wider wheeled mountain and downhill bikes.
The summer in Alta Valtellina is beautiful: snowy peaks, green hills, flowers and lovely hot sun.
Immersing yourself in the wonders of the natural environment of the mountains of the Alps riding on the bike or on the mountain bike along the historical climbs that have characterized the Giro d’Italia is a unique experience.
What you breathe in Bormio is the epic atmosphere of past cycling events, unspoiled nature, challenging roads, strenuous climbs but also, and especially, pure passion.
Many pages of the history of cycling still in the hearts of the supporters have been written on these roads: Fausto Coppi and Stelvio pass, Marco Pantani and Mortirolopass or the 1988 snowstorm at Gavia pass.
Thanks to the many stages of the Giro d’Italia along the mountain passes of Alta Valtellina, these roads are now well known all over the world. Bike fans come to Bormio to experience the achievements of the champions and challenge themselves: it’s a battle-confrontation with the mountain by bike, always a reliable friend.
The Stelvio Pass, or Passo dello Stelvio in Italian, is one of the few places on earth, which most cyclists dream of.
It’s the second highest mountain pass in the Alps at 2758m, only a dozen or so meters lower than Col de l’Iseran (2,770m).
The ascent from the Lombardia side begins in Bormio 1,225 m.asl and is 21 km long.
The Stelvio Pass usually opens in the second half of May and closes during the first days of November. It’s vital to check the weather before you set out (and the webcam Passo Stelvio is also handy).
Don’t have a bicycle with you? A free service of bike-sharing within the town of Bormio is active during the summer season, which provides modern and comfortable bikes. There are also several rental shops for racing bikes, mountain bikes, downhill bikes, city bikes, and children’s bicycles.
To complete the day of hiking by bike or mountain bike, it is fantastic to immerse yourself in the warm thermal waters of Bormio Terme, Bagni Nuovi or Bagni Vecchi.
Relax inside the great thermal bath, you will discover immediately a super status of wellness. The water gushes out directly from the spring at a temperature of between 37°c and 40°c degrees centigrade. Thanks to the rich therapeutic proprieties is a real uplift for your body.
How to get there:
By Air: the nearest airport is Milan or Bergamo. We suggest you to hire a car.
Bormio Hotels – Where to Stay
Best luxury hotel: Qc Terme Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi 5*, Bormio
A luxurious base for trips
This luxury 5-star hotel is a prime example of Art-Nouveau architecture. QC Terme Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi is set in the ski resort and spa town of Bormio. It offers over 30 free wellness services, including outdoor baths, hot tubs, saunas and Turkish bath. Each room is individually designed and has access to the 11,000 m2 wellness area. The QC Terme Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi offers many dining options. You can choose between snacks at the Light Caffé and traditional cuisine with over 100 local wines at Ristorante Salone dei Balli. Osteria Belvedere serves typical Alpine dinners.
Rooms from € 290/night
Best mid-range hotel: Hotel San Vitale 3*,Bormio
The San Vitale hotel is located in Bormio, in the heart of the Alps. Located within the pedestrian area, in the central Via Roma, the hotel has been completely restored and reopened in 2019. All guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee machine, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk.The accommodation offers a sauna.
Rooms from € 100/night
Best budget hotel: Hotel Gallo Cedrone 3*,Valdisotto
Set right on the Bormio 2000 ski slopes, Hotel Gallo Cedrone boasts a quiet location (10 km from Bormio), ideal for skiing and hiking around the Stelvio National Park. During summer a children’s playground is available, and horseback excursions of the area are organised. The on-site restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, serves traditional cuisine made with local ingredients. At the Kiosko you can enjoy pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven.
Rooms from € 70/night
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