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Bormio, Province of Sondrio, Lombardy, Italy

Situated in a basin where three valleys join, the Valdidentro, Valdisotto and Valfurva, at the northern entrance of the Valtellina, along the road leading to the Stelvio mountain pass, Bormio is a renowned spa town and a winter resort.

All surrounded by beautiful mountains, where all winter sports can be practised also thanks to the modern facilities for curling and ice-skating, while trekking, mountaineering, horse-riding are the main tourist activities in the summer. The spa waters are located 4 km from the town, in the hamlet called Bagni di Bormio, and have a temperature from 38 to 41ºC.

Info

Altitude: 1,225 m a.s.l -- Population: about 4,000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 23032 -- Phone Area Code: 0342 -- Patron Saint: Santi Gervasio and Protasio celebrated on 16 June

History

The origin of the name is still unresolved, some believe it may derive from the German "Warm", others from a divinity of the Gauls, "Bormo" the patron of thermal waters. Archaeological findings point to an Etruscan settlement in the area, but the first historical mention is in a letter of the 6th century AD from Cassiodorus to a Goth king, mentioning the "Aquae Burmiae". At the time the Goths made a road connecting the Engadina to the Valtellina and proceeding towards Germany.

Between the 10th and 13th centuries Bormio was disputed by both the bishops of Como and those of Coira, and was gradually able to obtain a remarkable autonomy. In 1376 the town came under the Visconti of Milan, and maintained many privileges, that were however lost when in 1487 it was occupied by the Lega dei Grigi (or Grigioni).

In 1797 it was included in the Cisalpina Republic, then in 1815 the congress of Vienna gave the whole Lombardy to Austria. In 1859 after the Second War of Italian Independence Bormio, with the rest of Lombardy, became part of the newly established Kingdom of Italy. In the early decades of the 20th century spa establishments and the increasing popularity of winter sports gave new impulse to tourism.

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