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Chiavenna: discovering the Peace
From Bormio, take the SS 38 until Morbegno where you’ll find the road leading to Chiavenna.
The village center of Chiavenna, the capital of the homonymous valley, is characterized by the presence of the Soapstone used since the time of the Romans for the creation of “laveggi” or pots. Walking along the streets of the village, you can admire the renaissance period terraced houses, the noble palaces, and the characteristic houses on the river Mera, built in the sixteenth century above the city’s sforzesco walls.
Worth a visit are the Collegiate Church of S. Lorenzo, with its Romanesque baptismal andthe Museum of The Treasure of S. Lorenzo (where is preserved the Peace of Chiavenna, the cover of a XI century Book of the Gospels, embossed in gold, gems, pearls and enamels—a masterpiece of the medieval jewelry).
After leaving Chiavenna, you will reach the village of Prosto where you must stop at Palazzo Vertemate-Franchi, one of Lombardy’s most prestigious and best-preserved stately homes of the Sixteenth Century. In Valchiavenna, also worth a visit are the waterfalls of the Acqua Fraggia (literally “broken water,” a stream broken by many waterfalls) found in the village of Borgonuovo.
We suggest that you continue the itinerary along the road through the Bregaglia Valley to the Maloja Pass (5954 feet/115 meters) and on into Switzerland. From Maloja Pass, you cross the Lake region, among which Lake Silvaplana stands out, and then reach St. Moritz, the glamorous Pearl of the Engadine Valley. You return to Bormio over the Bernina Pass (open all year round) and then through Tirano to rejoin the SS 38.
Total distance: 167 miles (270 km)
IMPORTANT: remember to bring a document valid for international travel (identity card or passport) for both adults and children