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    il trenino rosso
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    the fog and mist rolls in
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    alpine lake between Tirano and St Moritz
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Tirano Things to Do

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    by Chinggis_n_Borte Written Apr 10, 2014

    This church, called either IL SANTUARIO DELLA MADONNA DI TIRANO or LA BASILICA DELLA MADONNA DI TIRANO is the landmark of Tirano and Madonna di Tirano. It is important to Catholics for the reason that it is said that on 29 September 1504, La Madonna (Mary) appeared to a man named Mario OMODEI. The church was built on the spot of the apparition. Every 29 September, there is an anniversary mass of the apparition.

    Not only is it a place of religious importance, but it is also a beautiful building.

    The church is a part of the Diocese of Como.
    It is open every day from 7am to 12:15, and from 14:30 to 19:00.
    There may be some variations of opening hours during some months.

    There are also of course Masses held here.

    When you walk down the main street, Viale Italia, towards the Swiss border, you will see the Church/Basilica. It is lit up beautifully at night, too.

    The following further information about it is on the official Valtellina website:-
    http://www.valtellina.it/eng/info/389/basilica_of_madonna_of_tirano_tirano.html

    "According to tradition, in the twilight hours of the 29th September 1504 the Virgin Mary appeared to Mario Omodei of Tirano promising an end to the plague upon condition that a shrine would be built in her honour on the exact spot where the Virgin Mary appeared, near the Folla bridge and outside the walls of the city. The people of Tirano, comforted by a series of ‘miraculous’ events, galvanized so much so that during a solemn ceremony on 25 March 1505, the first stone was laid at the bottom of the small medieval church of Santa Perpetua.

    The sanctuary with three cross-shaped naves is the most beautiful example of the Renaissance in Valtellina. It is rich with stuccatures and sculptural works, a colossal organ, and its priceless etching, which begun in 1608 by Giuseppe Bulgarini of Brescia and finished in 1638 by G.B Salmoiraghi of Milan. Thanks to its location the sanctuary has always been full of visitors from all across Europe. In 1946 Pope Pio XII described the Virgin Mary of Tirano as the “special patron saint of all of Valtellina”."

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    Valtellina

    by Cristian_Uluru Written May 4, 2005

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    From the mountains around Tirano you can see a wonderful landscape over Valtellina. It's great. I suggest to see it on sunset or dawn.

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    Inside the Basilica della Madonna di Tirano

    by Cristian_Uluru Written May 4, 2005

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    The most important monument of Tirano is the Basilca della Madonna di Tirano. It was build on 25 of March 1505 by Rodari brother. Inside you can see fantastic decorations.

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    by Chinggis_n_Borte Written Mar 1, 2014

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    The cuisine is local Italian food from the region of Tirano, the village of Roncaiola and the Valtellina area in particular. This food is not typical of other parts of Italy and it is not the sort of food in overseas Italian restaurants. The restaurant is perched high up in the mountains, in the village of Roncaiola, above the city/town of Tirano, on the Swiss border. The view of the valley is spectacular. The restaurant has been expanded and has a wood and full glass view so in all seasons, in all weather, the views can be enjoyed and the people can enjoy their meal in comfort without the wind, rain or snow causing problem.

    The food we tried is delicious. We ate the "Menu del Contrabandiere" which consisted of 3 courses: an antipasti plate with bresaola, chickory, cischoii, sciatt, prosciutto and salami. Plus a bowl of pizzoccheri (see the intro page and travelogue), plus beef steak with potatoes cooked in cream, milk and cheese. We were too full for dessert! The menu had so many choice on it, but for us, this special menu had exactly what we wanted to try - the local specialties.

    The waiter was very friendly and professional.

    The ambience wonderful.

    Favorite Dish: Pizzoccheri - a bowl full of delicious buckwheat pasta strips with cheese, potato and cabbage mixed in. Filling. Delicious.

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    by heinz01 Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    I have eaten pizzas at many places - but for me, this restaurant serves the best pizzas I have ever tasted. The place doesn't look that spectacular from the outside. But the food is delicious, the people always friendly and in summer you can sit and eat outside and oversee the piazza with the basilica and the little red Bernina train that passes every now and then.

    Favorite Dish: It's not just a pizzeria, but a full-fledged "ristorante" with a large italian menu and many Valtellina specialties. But for me, the "Pizza Frescolina" with rucola, fresh tomatoes and mozarella di bufala is always my favorite.

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    Hostaria Tona

    by Cristian_Uluru Written May 4, 2005

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    This great restaurant was build inside an old wine factory: Cantina Tona. Here you can taste fantstic food and you can drink wonderful wine!!!!
    And when you finish to eat you can see the fantastic wine museum under the restaurant.
    A fantastic experience!!!

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    • Wine Tasting
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