The third edition of Coppa delle Alpi saw the classic cars pass through the most beautiful passes of the Alpine arc between Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
Discover the places that welcomed the race.
1 MARCH | LEG 1
Tirano and Media Valtellina -> St. Moritz
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.
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, horse riding and Bobsleighing. St. Moritz has the only natural bobsleigh track in the world, and hosted the 2023 World Bobsleigh and Skeleton Championships.
St. Moritz is also known for being a thermal spring 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.
2 MARCH | LEG 2
St. Moritz -> Mittenwald -> Innsbruck
Nestled between Wetterstein, Kranzberg and Karwendel lies the picturesque violin making and climatic health resort of Mittenwald in Upper Bavaria. Located north of the source of the Isar, this is where Bavaria meets Tyrol and, in addition to a lot of culture, offers the ideal starting point for an active holiday in the mountains. Unique in the way of life Centuries ago, Mittenwald was the trade gateway to the south and later became famous for violin making. The historic center testifies to the heyday and the old traditions that have been preserved to this day. But not only the place itself, but also the surroundings are inviting. Embedded in the Bavarian Alps you will find the perfect conditions for a holiday in Bavaria.
INNSBRUCK: ALPINE – URBAN CONTRASTS
Finely frescoed palaces, Renaissance and 18th century monuments, but also design works from the hands of famous Starchitects, which make the city modern and innovative. Innsbruck is a metropolis in the heart of the Alps, renewing the grandeur of its past by looking to the future.
The old town with its marvellous Habsburg-style buildings, surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of the Alps, invites one to take a relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, perhaps stopping at the famous pastry shops with their open-air tables, to savour one of the many traditional Tyrolean pastries and, perhaps, plan a hike in the mountains. Directly from the old town centre, one can take the futuristic funicular railway designed by starchitect Zaha Hadid and in 20 minutes reach the top.
Those who visit the Capital of the Alps witness the perfect harmony between the elegance of the ancient buildings and the innovation of the modern works, but above all they feel the sensation of living in a vibrant city, constantly evolving, capable of making the beauty of its great past shine through new and daring works of architecture, in a unique link between history, innovation and the purest nature that surrounds it.
3 MARCH | LEG 3
Innsbruck -> Bressanone / Brixen
Bressanone / 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.
4 MARCH | LEG 4
Bressanone / Brixen -> Ponte di Legno -> Bormio
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.
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.