The Province of Sondrio is an enchanting region defined by rugged mountains, terraced vineyards and incredible food. Sightsee in the history-soaked capital and explore one of the most beautiful national parks in Italy. The Province of Sondrio is an epicurean’s paradise and will tantalise you with its mouthwatering dishes from the Lombardy region.
Things to do in Sondrio
Sondrio is the provincial capital and a great base to explore the region. The historic centre features maze-like streets lined with historic buildings. All roads lead to Piazza Garibaldi, a magnificent square framed by Baroque and Renaissance palaces. Cafes and trattorias spill onto the square. Stop to enjoy a cup of espresso or a refreshing Aperol spritz.
Masegra Castle soars over Sondrio. The steep climb up to the castle takes you past rows of traditional stone houses. The stables have been repurposed as a museum where you can learn about the history of the castle. Sunsets are spectacular and cast a golden glow across the valley.
Risotto is a staple in the Province of Sondrio and local restaurants are the best place to try the dish. You’ll also see “ossobuco” veal shanks cooked in a white wine broth, “gorgonzola” blue cheese and “tortelli di zucca” pumpkin tortellini featured on menus. Pair your meal with a glass of local wine made with Nebbiolo grapes.
Stelvio National Park protects a wild and rugged pocket of the Central Alps. The hiking is incredible, with trails for every age and fitness level. Hike through flower-strewn alpine pastures and coniferous forests or summit a snow-capped mountain. Multi-day tours take you deep into the park to shimmering glaciers.
The Province of Sondrio is a world-class winter sports destination. Multiple resorts are dotted across the region and immerse you in the stunning Italian Alps. Enjoy lashings of fresh powder in Livigno and reach altitudes of more than 3,000 metres in Bormio.
Getting around Sondrio
The Province of Sondrio is easy to get around by bus, train and car. Milan is two hours away from Sondrio by car or train, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Province of Sondrio at your own pace. Malpensa Airport in Milan is a two-hour drive from Sondrio.