Stage 17 | 22 October 2020 | 62.7 km
Prato allo Stelvio/Prad A.S.J >
Laghi di Cancano (Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio)
Prato allo Stelvio/Prad A.S.J
Prato allo Stelvio offers its visitors a varied program of sports and leisure activities: Several trails lead to the peaks of the most scenic mountains in the huge Stelvio National Park. Other hiking trails lead along the ancient irrigation channels, both in the valley and along the sunny slopes of the hillside.
Prato allo Stelvio is a place for gourmets and connoisseurs of genuine food products. Here you can find ancient varieties of fruit, for example the Pala pear, and new grafts: crunchy apples, tasty berries, the well-known apricot from Val Venosta and healthy honey specialties.
Venosta Valley is a region of small wineries and DOC areas. Independent wine growers press their own grapes and produce their own wines as well as their highly acclaimed and award-winning wines and great brandies.
Prato allo Stelvio is located along one of the most important trade routes that crossed the Alps. Archaeological excavations in this area bear witness to this ancient history, as well as places of worship and culture such as the Romanesque churches of S. Giovanni or S. Giorgio ad Agumes, as well as monasteries and forts, such as the ancient castle of Montechiaro.
The mention of the priest Odalricus de Prada in a controversial document from the year 1186 testifies to the existence of a settlement with a church in the area of today’s Prad. Prad’s roots are to be found in a former Maierhof or an ancient residence.
Laghi di Cancano
Sport, nature, wellness and many events for people of all ages: there’s nothing that Valdidentro can’t offer. It is the ideal destination to live different and exciting experiences. Situated at the foot of the well known Cima Piazzi, its 24,000 hectares makes it the largest municipality in the province of Sondrio. Valdidentro boasts locations and landscapes of exceptional beauty like the Cancano Lakes. These artificial lakes are located in the heart of the Stelvio National Park and “protected” by the Fraele towers, the symbol of Valdidentro.
Fascinating alpine land, renown for the beauty of its natural landscapes, Valtellina is rich and generous in gastronomy too. A long tradition of local products, the centuries-old culture, a fruit growing land, the patience and determination of its people, these are the ingredients of Valtellina products which are now protected by the European trade marks. You can enjoy a gourmet experience in elegant restaurants and charming mountain huts. From the alpine herbs of our mountain had its origin one of the most famous amaro in Italy: the Braulio. Pizzoccheri, apples, bresaola and wines are only few of the many culinary excellences of the territory. Butter, milk, yoghurt and cheese: in Valtellina there’s a whole world of taste to be discovered from the milk stores to the holiday farms, not to mention the mountain cottages where people still work in the respect of the balance and rhythm of Nature. Valtellina Casera DOP, Bitto DOP and Scimudin are three characteristic products of the cheese-making tradition which have become very well known.
Historic remains and places of worship: Valdidentro offers a large historic, artistic and cultural heritage. Among others, the Fraele towers are particularly charming and have a high value in terms of historical evidence. The well-preserved ruins are what is left of a military outpost of the local defensive system. Valdidentro is dotted with many churches that are part of the historic and artistic patrimony as well as an integral part of the landscape. The church of S. Martino and Urbano in Pedenosso for example, is well known due to its strategic location. Also worth mentioning are the parish church of Isolaccia dedicated to Saint Mary situated in the heart of the village and the famous church of San Gallo which origins are still a mystery.
In addition to hydro power, with the power stations of Rasin and Fraele, the manufacture of iron has been a major resource for centuries. The steel plant of Premadio, also known as “Ferriere Corneliani”, are still nowadays an important example of industrial archaeology in Alta Valtellina.
The county of Bormio, that existed till the time of the French Revolution, was composed of Bormio and the 5 valleys. One of them was the interior valley (today’s Valdidentro) that was divided in Premadio and Pedenosso.