The landscape in Santa Caterina Valfurva is characterized by high mountains, eternal glaciers, valleys covered by deep forests, and large fields. The ideal place for a holiday in contact with nature.
Santa Caterina Valfurva is what you need, no matter what activity you want to practice: you can challenge yourself both with easy walks or difficult ones. In addition to outdoor activities, Santa Caterina Valfurva and surrounding areas offer many other opportunities to entertain you: cultural sites to visit, wellness at the thermal and ancient roman baths, day and night entertainment and shopping. Our hotel is located right on the cross country skiing track, just a few hundred meters from the centre, which can be reached by free ski bus in winter.
Stelvio National Park
The landscape of the Park is made of majestic mountains, deep woods, green alpine pastures featuring sparkling torrents originating from glaciers.
The villages and the huts at the bottom of the valley and on the slopes complete this beautiful picture and represent a charming example of rural and sacred architecture in complete harmony with the environment. It’s really worth discovering it!
The typical animals of the park are the deer and the roe, the chamois and the ibex. Of course there are marmots, squirrels, mountain hares, foxes, badgers, and grouses. Last, but not least, comes the eagle of the Alps, the symbol of the park, and the bearded vulture, that has been recently spotted. The flora changes according to the several segments that vary according to the altitude. The most common plants are coniferous, forests of spruce, larch and pine. Pine trees, rhododendron, juniper and blueberry are often at higher altitudes.
The Rhaetian railway is one of the most famous in Europe and it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. It's not just a train, it’s a way to experience nature. While sitting, you can see alpine valleys, waterfalls and rivers.
The little red Bernina train goes up along snowy mountains (almost defying gravity!) thanks to the work if men who integrated large engineering projects with the surrounding environment. The first, spectacular construction that gives the Bernina Express the opportunity to easily overcome a steep gradient is the Brusio viaduct, near Tirano.
But this is just the beginning of a journey of a thousand emotions to St. Moritz, where mountain tourism was born. St. Moritz will win you over with its timeless charm, its luxury shopping, the casino, chic bars and walks along the lake.
The Valfurva museum
The Valfurva museum boosts a huge historical heritage collected and distributed through years of work in the new and large building.
Each visitor has the opportunity to learn about history, culture, traditions and crafts of the valley thanks to a “how life was in the past” atmosphere and good communication. In particular, the mill and the oven for baking bread are pieces of great charm.
After the snow and the nature what better than shopping? In particular, this is for all those who could spend hours and hours in and out of shops.
There are two places that can’t be missed: Via Roma in Bormio, with all its beautiful windows and Livigno, the ultimate shopping island with tax free shops (tobacco, perfumes, alcohol and electronic products are particularly convenient).
Petroglyphs park in Grosio
With a visit to petroglyphs park in Grosio you’ll learn about the history of Valtellina in a picturesque natural setting. With a visit to petroglyphs park in Grosio you’ll learn about the history of Valtellina in a picturesque natural setting.
It is a journey back in time, starting from the age of Metals, through over 5000 figures represented on the “Rupe Magna” and the finds of the archaeological excavations in Grosio and which are now displayed in the Antiquarium. A stop at the Rupe Magna (strictly barefoot!) gives you the opportunity to see the most beautiful carvings very well: they are animals, rakes and people praying.
Next stop is the Castello Vecchio (it dates back the tenth or eleventh century), the Romanesque bell tower of the church in the castle and two tombs carved into the rock. The Castello Nuovo comes next: it was built around year 1350 by the Visconti of Milan, and has a double defensive wall and a mighty donjon.