• Active & Green

Val Masino, the untamed heart of the Rhaetic mountains

A wild place, adored by fans of bouldering and rock climbing, Val Masino, dominated by the peaks of the Disgrazia and Badile mountains, is a go-to destination for those who enjoy several days long hikes in the high mountains, climbing and simply to fully immerse in the most unspoilt natural environment.

The undisputed realm of granite, Val Masino can be chosen as a starting point for discovering the nearby valleys of Preda Rossa, Mello and Bagni di Masino. Sasso Remenno, an enormous, compact block of granite considered to be the biggest glacial erratic in Europe.

Val Preda Rossa: Paths of the soul
In Val Preda Rossa, hikers can walk up to the Ponti mountain refuge, at the foot
of Monte Disgrazia, and starting point for the Roma trail, one of the most beautiful ridgeway’s itineraries of the Alps. The Omio, Gianetti and Allievi mountain refuges are ideal stopping points along this 40 km route.

Val di Mello, the Yosemite of Europe
A real jewel. Due to the beauty of its natural scenery and gigantic slabs of granite, it is also known as the “little Yosemite”. This place quickens the heartbeat of climbers and bouldering fanatics. Surrounded by impressive walls, this valley also has countless erratic masses that attract boulder climbers.

The Lombardy forest and its secrets
As they travel up the valley, visitors often do not pay enough attention to the Val Masino forest. In this splendid woodland, home monumental trees (some over 200 years old), the Rosalia longicorn can be, a fairly rare longhorn beetle that is considered of the most beautiful examples of European fauna. Time seems to have stood still here. Far from the madding crowd of mass tourism and a favourite with lovers of nature and culture, thanks to its long period of isolation, Val Masino still today is considered a true natural open-air ethnographic museum with its typical houses, animal sheds and barns.

 

Highlights

1. Churches and art. The parish church of San Pietro in Cataeggio with frescos by Gavazzeni is worth a visit, as is the church of San Gaetano in Filorera with its altar canvas of the Virgin Mary sitting on the clouds and the parish church of San Martino, built in the fifteenth century.

2. For young Climbers. Sasso Remenno is also a go-to destination for climbing novices. The wall is in fact also a rock gym with climbing lessons for newbies; perfect also for giving kids a taste of this sport.

3. Canyoning on the river. Not for everyone. Canyoning down the Masino, the river that runs through the valley of the same name, is a source of excitement for true experts in this sport with some very difficult technical stretches, in a unique natural setting.

4. Melloblocco. Held in the middle two weeks of May, in Val di Mello, this is one of the most important international bouldering meetings and it attracts thousands of boulder climbers from all over the world.

5. An inspirational valley. Painters, sculptors and stone and wood craftsmen in particular love this valley. They can often be met or seen at work in their workshops and their paintings can also be admired on house walls.

 

On the same topic

The High Route of Valmalenco – 7th stage

Rif Bignami (2382 m) - A Gembrè (2190 m) - A Val Poschiavina (2230 m) - Passa Canciano (2464 m) - Passo Campagneda (2601 m) - Rif. Cristina (2227 m)
  • Active & Green
Diga di Alpe Gera

The wine and tastes route

A fascinating route, that leads you to the discovery of the Nebbiolo delle Alpi
  • Active & Green
The wine and tastes route

Varese Motorland

A land to explore on 2 wheels...
  • Active & Green
Varese Motorland

Bouldering in Spriana

Spriana is one of the towns of Valmalenco. This is the ideal place for bouldering in spring or fall and is also great for kids, thanks to the park close to the bouldering area.
  • Active & Green
Boulder a Spriana

Spring in Valcamonica

4 ideas to enjoy the most sparkling season of the year in Val Camonica.
  • Active & Green
Signs of Spring at a Unesco Site

Greenway Voghera - Varzi

A green way towards the Appennines
  • Active & Green
Greenway Voghera - Varzi

Gardens in Lombardy

The botanical gardens of Lombardy are real jewels to visit, so come on, what are you waiting for?
  • Active & Green
Gardens in Lombardy, discover what to see

Journey to the centre of the earth in Lombardy

Discover the secrets of Lombardy's mines: history, culture, mystery, and trade in the heart of the mountains
  • Active & Green
Viaggio al centro della terra, in Lombardia

Hiking with the Family

  • Active & Green
Trekking in Lombardia

Concarena, Gavia and Mortirolo: adventures on foot and by bike

The wildest side of Valle Camonica: from gorges for experts to the uphill hairpin bends that have written the history of the Giro d’Italia
  • Active & Green
Concarena, Gavia e Mortirolo: avventure a piedi e in bici

Brescia Nature, taste and traditions: Val Sabbia

From multiple-day treks with night-breaks at mountain huts, to shorter walks open to all: a charming valley for all tastes set against the background of the little lake Idro
  • Active & Green
Brescia Natura, gusto e tradizioni: la Val Sabbia

Parco dello Stelvio, Bormio and Valdidentro

Walks and strenuous hikes in the heart of the Stelvio National Park surrounded by unspoilt nature and in close contact with mountain fauna
  • Active & Green
Il parco dello Stelvio, Bormio e la Valdidentro

Sesto Calende

Sesto Calende: between history and nature.
  • Active & Green
Sesto Calende: gateway at Lake Maggiore, along Ticino river

The Salt Route

From Varzi to the sea
  • Active & Green
Via del Sale

It's harvest time in Lombardy 

In the vineyards and cellars of Lombardy, you can take part in the ancient rituals of grape harvesting and pressing and get to know the land where some of the region's best wines are produced
  • Active & Green
È tempo di vendemmia in Lombardia 

Yoga in Parco Sempione

A green oasis in Milan.
  • Active & Green
Yoga in Parco Sempione

Cycling from Tresenda to Prato Valentino

  • Active & Green
Cycling from Tresenda to Prato Valentino

Castelveccana

Breathtaking views and green woods characterize Castelveccana, a charming village situated on the shores of Lake Maggiore.
  • Active & Green
Castelveccana and its districts, among cycle tourism, history and culture

Navigli by Boat

Did you know that it is possible to take a boat trip on the Milanese Navigli? Discover with us your ideal itinerary.
  • Active & Green
A boat trip on Navigli

Isola Carolina Park

Green recreation area with games for children and plants of considerable naturalistic interest located in the historic center of Lodi.
  • Active & Green
Isola Carolina Park