Surroundings

Bregaglia is rich in natural and cultural attractions and there are many possibilities to discover the beauty of the charming southern valley. We put together a selection of beautiful places in the surroundings.

  • Sentiero Panoramico

    Sentiero Panoramico

    Sentiero Panoramico

    The «Via Panoramica» leads through wildly romantic nature on the sunny side of Bregaglia in about 5 hours from Casaccia to Soglio. As the name says, the hike offers a marvelous view of the massive peaks of the Sciora group. For shorter hikes it is possible to only walk a section of the path. During summer a small outdoor restaurant on alp Durbegia above Vicosoprano offers simple meals and lovingly brewed espresso.

    Further information:
    www.bregaglia.ch

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  • Arte Castasegna

    Arte Castasegna

    Arte Castasegna

    From June 18 to October 21, 2018 a unique art project will take place in Castasegna.
    Several renowned artists from Switzerland and Italy will display their work in a variety of showrooms in the village at the border to Italy. The exhibition shows artwork especially created for this event by Piero Del Bondio, Karin Karinna Bühler, Michele Ciacciofera, Katalin Deér, H.R. Fricker, Gabriela Gerber & Lukas Bardill, Haus am Gern, Michael Günzburger, San Keller, Zilla Leutenegger, Carmen Müller and Valentina Stieger.

    Further information:
    www.arte-castasegna.ch

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  • Palazzo Castelmur

    Palazzo Castelmur

    Palazzo Castelmur

    In the picturesque village Coltura, the Palazzo Castelmur stands out with its moorish architecture and the two attached towers. The patrician house was built in 1723 by the Redolfi family and in the 19th century extended and newly furnished by the baron Giovanni Castelmur (1800-1871). With the conversion into a museum in 1961, the sumptuously decorated rooms of the palace were opened to the public and complemented with a permanent exhibition about the confectioners of the Grisons.
    In summer the Palazzo Castelmur periodically becomes the locale for contemporary art exhibitions. The museum is closed on Mondays.

    Further information:
    www.palazzo-castelmur.ch

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  • Sentiero Segantini

    Sentiero Segantini

    Sentiero Segantini

    The Sentiero Segantini offers a unique opportunity to follow the footsteps of the famous artist. The trail, which was created in 1994, starts at the Casa Segantini (Chalet Kuoni) and the adjoining Segantini atelier in Maloja and follows a route to sites where Segantini worked on his paintings. The approximately two-hour hike is divided into 12 sections, with picture panels explaining the dialogue between the views of the natural landscape and Segantini’s works of art.
    The walk can be combined with a visit to the atelier Segantini in Maloja or a visit to the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz. 

    Further information:
    www.segantini.org
    www.segantini-museum.ch

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  • Chestnut Plantation

    Chestnut Plantation

    Chestnut Plantation

    On the plains of Brentan, above Castasegna and midway to Soglio, gignatic trees stretch their branches towards the sky and build one of the biggest and most beautiful chestnut forests of Europe. The chestnut trees were brought to Bregaglia by the Romans about 2000 years ago, and they thrived due to the mild climate. Today a nature trail leads through the forest, along which signs explain the local flora and fauna as well as the diversity of the chestnut and its cultivation. Walking in this chestnut plantation is a unique and fascinating experience in every time of the year: in spring the trees are blooming, emiting a sweet scent, in summer the dense treetops provide cool shade, in fall we are enchanted by the yellow and red-orange shades and the fruits aflling to the ground.

    From October to November the chestnuts are collected from the meadows and separated from their spiky shells if necessary. The big ones get prepared to be sold, the small ones are dried in the Cascine above smoldering fires for up to 5 weeks. Then they are filled in bags and pounded with wooden blocks in order to remove the husk and skin. In the end they are sorted and grinded or used to produce our tasty chestnut soup.

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  • Ciäsa Granda

    Ciäsa Granda

    Ciäsa Granda

    In Stampa, an impressive patrician house in from the year 1581 houses the valley museum Ciäsa Granda. The museum offers insight into the previous peasant life and the flora and fauna of Bregaglia. In a small art exhibition the works of (Willy Guggenheim), Augusto, Giovanni, Alberto und Diego Giacometti are being shown. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

    Further information:
    www.ciaesagranda.ch

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  • Atelier Alberto Giacometti

    Atelier Alberto Giacometti

    Atelier Alberto Giacometti

    Until 1906, the Atelier Giacometti was one of the many stables in the village center of Stampa. The upper floor was originally used for the storage of the hay harvested from the meadows around Stampa, which was fed to the livestock held on the bottom floor.

    The hayloft in this building was transformed in a simple manner into a atelier. It was used as a work space by the painter Giovanni Giacometti as well as by his son, world-renowned Alberto Giacometti. Today the Atelier Giacometti in Stampa is in possession of the cultural society of the Bergell (Società cultural, sezione PGI). It is the only preserved working space with traces of the artists Giovanni and Alberto Giacometti. The atelier can be viewed during the course of a visit of the Ciäsa Granda.

    Further information:
    www.ciaesagranda.ch

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  • Soglio – Val da la Duana

    Soglio – Val da la Duana

    Soglio – Val da la Duana – Casaccia

    A beautiful all day hike of about 8 hours leads ambitious hikers over the Duana pass und through the wild and secluded Val Maroz to Casaccia. From there the bus will bring you back to Soglio. Information can be received at our front desk.

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  • Giacometti Art Walk

    Giacometti Art Walk

    Giacometti Art Walk with Smarthphone App

    Available for smartphones and tablets, an app called „Giacometto Art Walk“ (DE/IT) allows the discovery of places where artists of the Giacometti family lived and where their pieces of art originated from. The app guides visitors on selected routes through the valley. Along the way, visitors automatically receive multimedia contents which fluidly connect to become a narrative.

    Further information:
    www.giacomettiartwalk.com

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  • Villa Garbald

    Villa Garbald

    Villa Garbald

    Along the main street from Castasegna, the charming villa Garbald can be found, built 1863-64 after plans by Gottfried Semper and supplemented with the tower Roccolo by Miller &Maranta. The Villa Garbald – Sempers only building south of the Alps – was occupied by the Garbald family from spring 1864 until 1958. Today the Villa Garbald is a cherished location for workshope and retreats for groups and committees from science, education, culture and economy.
    In cooperation with local and other institutions the Villa Garbald also hosts exhibitions, concerts, literature- and film nights, presentations and similar events. The carefully renovated Semper villa can be visited. 

    Further information:
    www.garbald.ch

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  • Albigna Dam

    Albigna Dam

    Albigna Dam

    The only cable car in Bregaglia connects Pranzaira with the Albigna barrier lake. The dam was built 1955-59 by the electric power company of the city of Zurich. The 115 m high and 759 m long dam not only serves the generation of energy but also protects the valley from floodings in times of heavy rain. Guided tours lead you behind the thick walls to what is hidden inside the gigantic construction. Not far from the dam, only 45 minutes by foot, the Albigna lodge (SAC) is located.

    Further information:
    www.albigna.ch

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  • Aqua Fraggia waterfalls

    Aqua Fraggia waterfalls

    Aqua Fraggia waterfalls

    The waterfalls, located in the Italian part of Bergaglia, are worth seeing because of their double cascade. In a wide rocky basin which dates back to an glacial ice mill, the small river first builds a lake before it cascades the rock on several points, descending over 5 km and a height of 1800 meters.
    On the well-maintained trails the area around the cascades can be observed at close range. Panoramic terraces along the trail offer spectacular viewpoints of the entire valley right down to Chiavenna. This region also has a fitness trail and bike trails and is a starting point for various longer hikes.

    Further information:
    www.valchiavenna.com

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  • Palazzo Vertemate

    Palazzo Vertemate

    Palazzo Vertemate

    The Palazzo Vertemate was built in the second half of the 16th century by the two brothers Guglielmo and Luigi Vertemate Franchi, one of the wealthiest families of merachants of Piuro.
    The palazzo displays simple and plain lines on the outside which do not imply any reference to the richness of decorations and furniture of the inside. The walls and ceilings of the numerous rooms of the palazzo are opulently covered with frescoes despicting scenes of Greek mythology. Other rooms are lined with refined wooden inlays.
    The magnificent Renaissance palace is surrounded by enchanted gardens. Today it is a museum.

    Further information:
    www.palazzovertemate.it

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  • Pianazzola

    Pianazzola

    Pianazzola

    The characteristic element of the small village of Pianazzola can be seen from far when driving down Bregalia towards Chiavenna. High above the city, on a hillside with numerous terraces, the village originates from a small plain with its houses standing close to each other and the prominent bell tower. The church San Bernardino Siena consists of only one nave and dates back to the 15th century. The year of completion could be determined due to the fresco of St.Christoph and the engraved brass cross. Pianazzola offers a beautiful view of Bergaglia and the valley sole of Chiavenna as far as the Lago di Mezzola.

    From Pianazzola a steep path climbs up between chestnut trees to Dalò (1066 meters – about 1h). Dalò, previously inhabited all year round, is a characteristic village located in the S. Giacomo valley in a valley sole almost across from Chiavenna.

    Further information:
    www.valchiavenna.com

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