Chiavenna lies at the foot of the Rhaetic Alps, where the Spluga and the Bregaglia valleys meet. Along the towns alleyways you will find many vestiges of the past. The Museo del Tesoro, housed in the San Lorenzo parsonage, is of outstanding interest. The Bottonera Mill, in Chiavenna’s old industrial neighbourhood, is an extremely rare example of industrial architecture where the life of XIX century millers can still be experienced. In the Comunità Montana della Valchiavenna the Valchiavenna Museum can be found. In the higher part of the town, to the right of the Piazza Castello and next to the cemetery you will find a parking lot. Stage 6 begins here. Walk along the cemetery outer wall and you will get to a wide track leading up into the woods. After 5 minutes you will find the first information panel on the “Marmitte dei Giganti” (The Giants’ Potholes). Along with the alpine lakes and moraine hills in Northern Lombardy, these impressive formations bear witness of the ice ages. The well-marked trails still follow ancient pathways and muletracks, with little or no human presence. Along the trails you will admire the erratic boulders left behind by glaciers; stone outcroppings worn smooth by the long-gone masses of ice; old soapstone quarries, and rock engravings dating back to prehistoric times.
Glacial moulins can be seen in the Paradiso archaeological and botanical garden in Chiavenna, with a stunning view on the town centre and its surroundings. The museum park will provide you with an opportunity to observe many plant species and to visit the Torrione (the Dungeon) with the natural sciences information about the Valchiavenna.
Follow the trail past the rest areas to get to the Capiola Pass. You will continue uphill and to the right until you get to a scenic point with a fantastic view. Then proceed on the parallel track till you get to two farmsteads. Follow the track on the left over a boulder and walk down to the rest area. The track continues to the right, but it you climb the stairs to the left you will get to another scenic point with a view over Chiavenna. To the right, you will walk along the boulders on the Via Bregaglia, back to the town.
Trail description: Chatrigna Signorell and viabregaglia.it
Environment, NATURA2000, Protected areas
Fauna, Natura2000 species
Insects: Libythea celtis
Birds: Pernis apivorus, Bubo bubo
Other species of interest: Accipiter gentilis
The Chiavenna and Campodolcino areas are the northernmost habitats of Erica arborea.
Protected areas, proposed Emerald sites, Natura 2000 sites
The “Parco delle Marmitte dei Giganti” (“Giants’ Potholes Park”), that includes a Regional Nature Reserve, is just outside Chiavenna. It is easily accessible by the old paths and muletracks that once led to the ancient soapstone quarries. What you see now is the result of the erosive action of glaciers over the millennia. The nearby “Paradiso Botanical Garden” contains a rich collection of rare and interesting plant species. (valchiavenna.com)
WWF’s tips for hikers
Plan each stage carefully, purchase a 1:25000 map, use light but sturdy equipment (hiking boots, rain cape, binoculars…). Be sure to carry a small supply of water and food. We suggest you taste local food (possibly organic) at resting places and restaurants.
Do not litter, do not pick up flowers or rocks and in no way disturb the local fauna. It is unsafe for inexperienced hikers to leave the marked trails and it may cause disturbance to wildlife.
- Collegiate Church of S.Lorenzo and christening font
- Il Tesoro
- the Valchiavenna Museum
- The Crotti
- the Palazzo Vertemate Franchi (in Piuro)
- The Paradiso and Marmitte dei Giganti Parcs
- The soapstone quarries and rock engravings
- The Bottonera Mill
- The Palazzo Pestalozzi, (not open to the public)
- the rural settlement of Uschione
Next stage: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 7
Stage before: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 5
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Tour history (B01358)
First published: Mittwoch, 26. März 2008
Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014
Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by GEO-Tracks GmbH