How to get there
If you are thinking of how to get to Bormio, you can plan different travel options. Bormio is situated in Alta Valtellina, in the heart of the Alps, close to the border with Switzerland. It is about 125 miles (200 km) from Milan, 149 miles (240 km) from Zurich (CH) and 80 miles (130 km) from Bolzano.
Bormio is reachable by car or by public transport using the combined solution of train and bus.
Bormio’s closest Italian airports are in Bergamo and Milan, but it is also well served from Switzerland’s Zurich airport. These airports offer innumerable travel options, often with discounted fares offered by the low cost carriers.
Trenord , Trenitalia’s regional operator in Lombardy, provides service from Milan and Lecco to lower Valtellina as far as Tirano. To continue to Bormio, one must continue with the local bus operated by Perego . The bus station can be found at the opposite end of the subway at the train station in Tirano. Traveling to Bormio from Milan in this way takes on average up to four hours, although some may find the journey pleasant as the train follows the shore of Lake Como before heading east up into the steep and breathtaking mountains of Valtellina.
Traveling to Bormio by car is certainly preferable as it allows you to better access the thermal spas, skiing areas, and other outdoor attractions in the area around Bormio. However, if you are traveling from Milan the journey by car is not much shorter than traveling by train. Additionally, with the winter season comes hordes of ski enthusiasts, which creates a good deal of traffic and closes some roads that lead to Bormio.
There are several ways to travel to Bormio by car:
- From Milan – Take the A51 towards Lecco and continue on SS38, following signs for Sondrio/Tirano/Bormio.
- From Brescia – Take the SS510 north toward Breno/Edolo. At Edolo, take the SS42 to Ponte di Legno; at Ponte di Legno take the SS300 to Santa Caterina Valfurva/Bormio. Note that in the winter this route is closed due to heavy snowfall in the Passo di Gavia between Ponte di Legno and Santa Caterina Valfurva.
- From Trentino Alto Adige/Bolzano – Bormio can be reached from Bolzano via the SS38, which takes you over the Stelvio Pass. NOTE that the Stelvio Pass is the highest pass in Europe and with 75 hairpin turns should only be attempted by experienced drivers. Due to heavy snowfall, the Stelvio Pass is also closed during the winter.
- From St. Moritz, Switzerland – Take Route 29 south through the Bernina Pass to Tirano, then continue north to Bormio along the SS38.
Bormio (1225m) is a village in the heart of Alta Valtellina, in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It lies in a wide, open valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. It has a history going back to Ancient Rome and gets mentioned in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s documents, (he was a fan!). Famous worldwide for its skiing facilities and its thermal baths – Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi e Bormio Terme -, for many centuries it has been know as the “Magnifca Terra” – the Magnificent Land – thanks to its natural beauty and healthy climate.
Bormio Thermal Baths
Bormio Terme is a thermal complex in the center of Bormio which was completely renewed between 2002 and 2007. Seven outdoor and indoor thermal pools, with water games and relaxation areas, a large slide for adults and children, large sunbathing areas, saunas and Turkish baths are available to customers who wish to combine the benefits of thermal water with those of pure air and admiration of the panorama of the Alta Valtellina mountains and of the Stelvio National Park.
Bagni di Bormio
Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort offers from the 1st century BC the culture and philosophy of the Roman Baths – place of well-being, pleasure, aggregation, leisure, social life – with the added value of 2 Spa & Wellness Centers (Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi) powered by hot thermal waters (36-43 ° ), with detoxifying, relaxing, regenerating and toning properties for complete fitness.
Skiing in Bormio
Bormio is today one of the most famous holiday destinations in the Italian Alps. Here you can spend unforgettable ski weeks, enjoying the slopes where the Ski World Championships have been staged. The ski area consists of 50Km of trails running from an altitude of 3012m down to the village. The mountain is well served by 16 ultra modern lifts and cable cars. The Bormio ski area caters for the most demanding skiers, offering challenging tracks for experienced skiers and racers as well as a wide variety of runs for less experienced skiers. Good snow cover is guaranteed through the season thanks to a modern snow making system which covers close to 90% of the slopes.
For more information about skiing in Bormio visit this website.