Autumn in Bormio sees the mountainside explode with colour and is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors. How could you not when surrounded by such spectacular hues of red, amber and gold? Even going for a short walk can make the spirit soar.
Autumn here is not damp, grey and drizzly, quite the opposite!
It’s a beautiful time of year with much to offer, including cultural and naturalistic excursions, sport and relaxation, as well as authentic flavours and produce. It’s also the best time to observe the local wildlife in their habitat in Val Zebrù, enjoy fresh snow on the slopes of the Stelvio glacier and take a soothing dip in the hot waters of the thermal spas.
The breathtaking beauty of the landscape and the tranquillity and calm of the ‘Magnificent Land’ from mid-September onwards are the perfect excuse for a relaxing break.
Here are our tips for an autumn holiday or weekend break in Bormio.
Spoil yourself with a trip to a thermal spa
Famous since ancient times, Bormio's hot thermal waters are a truly unique way to experience the Alps. The outdoor pools at the three spas - Bormio Terme, QC Terme Bagni Vecchi and QC Terme Bagni Nuovi - are all surrounded by vibrant pine forests and captivating mountain scenery.
Deer rutting season in Val Zebrù and Valle di Fraele
Hearing the roar of the stag is one of the most powerful experiences of the autumn season. Take a guided excursion with an Alpine Guide into the forest of the Stelvio National Park and they will reveal the secrets of this majestic animal.
Conquer the Stelvio Pass on a road bike or e-bike
The road to the Stelvio Pass is much quieter in the autumn, when there is much less car and motorbike traffic than the busy summer season. This makes it the perfect time to take on this legendary climb on a road bike or e-bike. Why not give it a go?
Summer skiing with winter conditions
Autumn is an excellent time to ski on the biggest summer skiing area in the Alps. While in the summer the glacier regularly suffers from high temperatures and slushy snow, come October you can find almost winter conditions up at the 3,000m Stelvio glacier with its 20km of perfectly groomed slopes. Perfect for a weekend with a difference.
Enjoy an aperitif in Bormio’s historic old town
Close your eyes and imagine taking a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets and alleyways of a medieval village lined with historic buildings, then sitting in a bustling piazza surrounded by ancient towers and fountains, a steaming cup of Italian hot chocolate in your hands, the mountain backdrop ablaze with colour. The autumn air might be bracing, but an open-air aperitivo in Bormio’s old town stimulates all the senses!