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A step away from Switzerland stands the village of Tirano, the starting and arrival point of the Bernina red train, a UNESCO heritage site since 2008. Tirano, in addition to being a slow city, offers numerous possibilities for practicing sports. Lovers of two wheels, for example, can indulge themselves along one of the many paths halfway up the hill or the Valtellina Path, taking advantage of the "Valtellina Rent a Bike" service. To try then, for lovers of water sports, rafting along the Adda.
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A look at Tirano
A look at Tirano

About the village

Tirano (Teràn in the dialect of Valtellina) is a village located in Lombardy, in the province of Sondrio, about 2 km from Switzerland. On the etymology of the name the debate between historians and specialists has lasted for a long time over the centuries and some have opted for "inter amnes", that means "between the rivers": in fact the village is located between the two rivers Adda and Poschiavino. It rises at an altitude of 450 m in a mountain setting: to the south the Orobie Valtellina Alps, to the north the Bernina massif and to the north-east the Stelvio one. Its innumerable archaeological findings testify that the village of Tirano was already inhabited in prehistoric times and, today, it can be considered that its nucleus has Roman origins. Famous for its Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tirano, the village is however an important tourist center and meeting point for various communication routes, as well as the end of the Tirano-Sankt Moritz railway line.

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tirano is located near the Tiranese Ethnographic Museum, in the northern part of the town, and represents the most important Renaissance and religious architectural expression of the Valtellina. In Church square there is the Collegiate Prepositurale di San Martino and, walking through the streets of the center, you can admire the modest, but still refined, Church of Sant'Agostino and the Palace of Visconti Venosta - now Quadrio Curzio - elegant Renaissance residence. For lovers of 16th -17th century architecture, the village of Tirano offers several examples of valtellinese noble residences such as the Palace of Salis, Palace of Marinoni, Palace Merizzi, Palace of Oro-Lambertenghi, Palace of Pievani, Palace of Parravicini, Palace of Buttafava and the Palace Torelli. In a dominant position, compared to the rest of the village, stands the Castello Omodei - or Castellaccio - one of the oldest and most suggestive buildings of the little village.

Apart from being a town rich in history, the village of Tirano has a centuries-old tradition in the manufacture of pewter - an ancient metal alloy used for the production of artistic objects, jewelry, trophies and crockery - and the processing of buckwheat, which allowed the creation of famous traditional dishes such as Polenta Nera, Pizzoccheri, Sciatt and Chisciol.

Village of Tirano
Municipality of Tirano
Province of Sondrio
Lombardy region

Inhabitants: 9.050
Altitude: 441 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
Valtellina mountain community of Tirano
ANCI
Cities and UNESCO world heritage sites

Municipality of Tirano
Piazza Cavour 18 - Tirano (SO)
Tel. 0342-701256

Patronal Festival
San Martino - 11 November

BY CAR

  • From Milan take the SS 38 (Milan-Lecco-Sondrio)
  • From Brescia you cross the Camonica Valley and the Aprica Pass (not recommended for buses)

ON THE TRAIN

  • Tirano station

BY PLANE

  • Bergamo Orio al Serio airport

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Via dei Castelli - 23037, Tirano

Tirano is present in issue 1 of our digital magazine e-borghi travel.
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Events

wednesday
11
november, 2020

San Martino - Patron Saint

From the blog

Typical dish of the Valtellinese tradition, in particular of the Alta Valtellina, the manfrigole are a sort of crepes prepared with white flour and buckwheat flour, with a filling based on Casera cheese and bresaola, or other typical ingredients of the area. It is a main course of peasant origin, very caloric but very tasty, ideal for dinners with friends on cold winter evenings. Let's see how to prepare this delicious dish! Ingredients For crepes: (6 people...
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