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Cycling Holidays in Stelvio

Where the legend of the Giro d'Italia was born and lives again

Gavia, Stelvio, Mortirolo… surely you have heard of these great ascents? If not, you can’t qualify as a true cycling enthusiast!
These are the historic, unforgettable climbs which help make the Giro d’Italia utterly compelling, year after year.
Every spring, this world-famous event features at least one of these legendary ascents, notable not for their sharp gradient (there are other, steeper challenges) but for the amazing Alpine passes they involve, with roads on the edge of sheer precipices, and the bold attempts to defy all reason and find a way. Let’s take the Gavia descent as an example; so daring it makes you shudder.
The rider must never let his attention wander from the road because on his right lies that fatal precipice.
While you, as an amateur, can cycle this route in total safety, you have to acknowledge the difference between yourself and the professional competitor, who is trying to put as much distance as possible between himself and his pursuers.
The word “thrills” takes on a whole new meaning when describing the dangers they face.
Here, the excitement remains at a constant high, until gradually dissipating on the approach to Ponte di Legno, the end of this nightmare.
It is not an easy task to cycle a legend, but here you can do it three times over.


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Where to ride


Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo

If you say Mortirolo you get the shivers. For the effort and undertakings, of gravel road in the past, now a paved road that climbs up as a snake in the places of cycling of the Tour of Italy. If we then put together the Stelvio and Gavia is made. It is the cycling of the past. But these are places, where it is natural to get there with a bicycle. Even an off-road, if you want to make sure to have fun, for example, if you decide to go by mountain bike on the Stelvio: where nature is passion, it is impossible don’t have fun. And speaking of fun, here is the pure fun of the fans of the free ride and downhill, that here in Livigno, also got the Mottolino Bikepark.


Going back to the classics. On the road: who arrives from Brescia or Trentino and want to reach the top of Bormio and Valtellina, it would be easier the Aprica Pass but this choice does not evoke as much legend for those who decide to enjoy these ascended crossing the Mortirolo Pass by bike. Or simply to emulate the enterprise of 2012, for example, that have also climbed the ascent of the Stelvio.

And before the Mortirolo Pass? There is the Gavia Pass by bike. It is a classic sequence for cyclists, who can experience the emotion of conquering the top of the Cima Coppi par excellence. These are climbs and hairpin turns that cycling fans know by heart.
Whether cycling or mountain bike does not matter, because in Stelvio Bike thanks to the routes traced by guides of the Stelvio National Park and the routes traveled by the Bormio Bike School a lot of fun is waiting for you.


History and Culture


From the terraces of to the roof of the Dome of Milan, to the fantastic curtain of peaks and valleys of the same city, one can see nearly all of the Lombardy with the help of a clear day: from the low opulent green, to the first signs of the PreAlps and to the alpine dorsal.Milan, the heart of the region, the metropolis, after Rome the most populated city of Italy, it is a very active city, even though it has centuries of history and fabulous monuments it has a totally modern aspect.


The most interesting testimonies are those of the period of the rinasciment, of these: The Dome, the Sforzesco Castle, S.Maria of the forgiveness, the Pinacoteca of Brera, the ex hospital Maggiore and S.Ambrogio that with many other monuments, museums, Pinacoteche and Churches need at least two days for a complete visit.

Livigno, situated in a territory described as a frequently visited holiday station which offers its visitors a stunning natural beauty and interesting excursions to St.Moritz, the Swiss National park, the National Park of Stelvio and Bormio, the later a famous thermal baths which still conserves its characteristic center with its narrow roads and interesting churches.

From Bormio following on the valley, furrowed by the river Adda, you arrive at very interesting centers: Grosso with its Palace Visconti Venosta and the church of Saint Giorgio; imponente rinascimental building of the sanctuary of the Madonna; Sondrio full of traces of the most varied culture, and at last nearly at the end of the valley which confirms the transit role of the Valtellina, Morbegno, with its interesting churches.




Typical dishes from Valtellina and Garda Lake

Fourth among the Italian Regions for extension after Sicily, Piedmont and Sardinia, with its 23.861 square meters, Lombardy boasts a particularly heterogeneous territory and a regional cuisineas many variegated. Geographically characterized by vast lowlands, hills, tall mountains and lake climates, it has gastronomic specialties that go from meats to typical mountain first dishes, to the lake fish.


In Valtellina are famous the pizzoccheri, typical first dish today valorised from the typical regional cooking. With pasta, cheese and vegetables, it represents a complete and balanced meal over that a greediness. The cooking “of lake”, particularly specialized in fish dishes (above all pike, persian and carpione), is typical from Varese and mostly Western Garda, where it is produced one among the best extra virgin oils. Here grow in a particularly favourable climate also good lemons.

To the border with Veneto and Emilia, here is the town of Mantua, “crib” of the Gonzagas and holder of good specialties as tortelloni of pumpkin, sbrisolona cake, mustard, salami with garlic, melons and also a particular Lambrusco Doc produced between Sabbioneta and Viadana. Among the wines of Lombardy, the best are however the white ones of Franciacorta, produced in the province of Brescia and near the Lake of Iseo, or the red ones of Oltrepò Pavese like Bonarda. Nothing to be envied to the dishes of the Milanese tradition, as the risotto to the saffron or the mythical and international cutlet. Typical from winter, the “cassoela” with pork meat, salamini, verza and onions among the principal ingredients.


Bike disciplines in Stelvio


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