Bormio (1225m) is a village in the heart of Alta Valtellina, in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It lies in a wide, open valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. It has a history going back to Ancient Rome and gets mentioned in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s documents, (he was a fan!). Famous worldwide for its skiing facilities and its thermal baths – Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi e Bormio Terme -, for many centuries it has been know as the “Magnifca Terra” – the Magnificent Land - thanks to its natural beauty and healthy climate.
Bormio is today one of the most famous holiday destinations in the Italian Alps. Here you can spend unforgettable ski weeks, enjoying the slopes where the Ski World Championships have been staged.
The ski area consists of 50Km of trails running from an altitude of 3012m down to the village. The mountain is well served by 16 ultra modern lifts and cable cars.
The Bormio ski area caters for the most demanding skiers, offering challenging tracks for experienced skiers and racers as well as a wide variety of runs for less experienced skiers..
Good snow cover is guaranteed through the season thanks to a modern snow making system which covers close to 90% of the slopes.
Not far from Bormio, easily accessible by car or public bus, there is also the lovely ski village of Santa Caterina Valfurva with its 35Km of ski slopes. You can ski both in Bormio and in Santa Caterina with the same 4 Valli (4 Valleys) ski pass.
But Bormio offers so much more than world class ski facilities, it is also a famous thermal resort. The thermal baths date from the Roman Age: the Bagni Vecchi (old Baths) were first built in 200 BC while the Bagni Nuovi (New Baths, ) date from 250 AD. In the centre of town, just a few minutes walk from shops, restaurants and hotels, there is modern complex which comprises of many thermal water swimming pools catering for all ages and spa treatments (see our “Thermal Baths” page for more details).
In summer, Bormio turns into an ideal summer mountain resort, surrounded by the unspoilt nature of the Stelvio National Park, one of Europe’s largest protected areas. For more details visit our Cycling site. Not far from Bormio is also the internationally famous Stelvio Pass, a summer ski destination.