The second edition of the Coppa delle Alpi will take you through the heart of the Alps between Italy, Switzerland and Austria. A race, with the authentic 1000 Miglia spirit, that will also allow you to admire the landscape and historical beauties which lie on the border of the three countries.
Bormio, a fairy-tale landscape in the Alps
Nestled in the heart of the Alps, the historic centre of Bormio preserves an important artistic heritage. Among the most significant testimonies to its past are the towers, according to documents there are 32 throughout the territory, symbols of power for the families that built them. Among these are the Alberti tower, the one attached to Palazzo Simoni and the Kuerc tower, in Bormio’s central square. Thanks to its geographical position and architecture, the municipality in the province of Sondrio is reminiscent of fairy-tale landscapes. With an altitude of more than 1200 metres, Bormio is often covered in a white blanket of snow in winter, making it suggestive to walk through the snow-covered streets of the historic centre or admire the lights of the town from the many panoramic terraces. Finally, it is worth mentioning the thermal baths of Bormio, already known in antiquity for their curative properties. According to some scholars, Pliny the Elder mentioned the waters of Bormio in his “Naturalis historia” and Cassiodorus, secretary to Theodoric, extolled their therapeutic properties.
Bressanone-Brixen, a jewel of history and nature
The oldest town in the Tyrolean region retains important traces of its past. Over the course of time, it was a stopover on the travels of emperors and became a magnificent Episcopal seat. Brixen/Bressanone has enviable historical and architectural beauties: the square in front of the cathedral, the medieval old town, the arcades and decorated streets, the museum treasures, the craft tradition and the archaeological finds. Bressanone is also a university town, home to the Academic Theological Study at the Episcopal Major Seminary of Bressanone (since 1607) and, since 2001, to the Faculty of Education of the Free University of Bolzano. Finally, it is worth mentioning that Brixen is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Alps. The Plose ski resort is only 7 kilometres from the city centre. Here, tourists can enjoy 43 kilometres of slopes and a breath-taking view of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ponte di Legno, experiencing nature all year round
A location that preserves the essence of the mountains. Ponte di Legno is one of the most renowned ski resorts, but also the preferred place for those who want to enjoy these views in all four seasons. Thanks to the Presena glacier, it is possible to ski as early as autumn. In winter, the four ski areas (Ponte di Legno, Passo Tonale, Presena Glacier and Temù) offer snow sports enthusiasts 41 pistes, between 1121 and 3016 metres above sea level, served by 28 innovative ski lifts. In summer, there are many activities on offer: trekking, climbing, bike trails and walks that are suitable for children. In addition, there is the possibility of exploring the art, culture and history preserved in these valleys. In fact, Ponte di Legno preserves traces of the 20th century. For example, the main square is called XXVII Settembre, because it commemorates the devastation of Ponte di Legno during the First World War, on 27 September 1917, by the Hapsburg artillery.
Seefeld, the oldest pedestrian zone in Tyrol
Tradition and natural beauty. Seefeld in Tirol has deep roots in history, when the Roman road connecting the Po Valley with Augusta Vindelicorum, today’s Augsburg, was built. It is no coincidence that the oldest pedestrian zone in the Tyrol is located in the popular Alpine town. Seefeld is also one of the 12 most famous Alpine holiday destinations in the world that make up the ‘Best of the Alps’ group. In other words, Seefeld has been acting as an ambassador for the Alps, together with 11 other selected locations in the five Alpine countries for over 20 years. Seefeld is one of the most important sporting locations in the Alps. It is worth mentioning that in 1964, 1976 and 2012, Seefeld was the venue for the Nordic Olympic Games three times, in 1985 it hosted the Ski World Championships and every year it hosts the Nordic Combined World Cup. After 1985, the Olympiaregion Seefeld was awarded the role of host for the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2019.
St. Moritz, the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism
The uniqueness of St. Moritz makes it a landmark among Alpine resorts. A village at an altitude of 1856 metres, it is best remembered for having promoted “skiing holidays” for the first time in 1864 and for having hosted two Winter Olympics. The resort in the heart of the Engadine is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations in both winter and summer, but it offers more than just ski slopes, great hotels and the chance to enjoy sports such as sailing, rowing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, tennis, miniature golf and horse riding. St. Moritz is also known for being a thermal bath source for over 3 thousand years, not to mention the luxurious spas that characterise the area. All this makes St. Moritz a reference point for wellness at any time of the year.
Tirano and Media Valtellina. Crossroads of the Alps between culture, nature and sport
The Tirano and Media Valtellina area is a meeting point between nature, history, flavours and traditions, with the bottom of the valley characterised by prestigious winter and summer tourist resorts. Twelve municipalities enclosed in the heart of the valley narrate the traditions of the people who have passed through and inhabited it over the years: there are numerous sanctuaries, churches, palaces and historical sites such as towers, castles and medieval gates that make Tirano and Media Valtellina an appealing cultural destination. In Tirano it is also possible to board the famous Bernina Red Train for a journey through breath-taking views, blossoming landscapes and snowy panoramas. Without forgetting that the Media Valtellina is a unique experience for sports activities, artistic and historical treasures and local food and wine specialities such as pizzoccheri and chisciöi.