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  • This must be the exact spot of apparition
    This must be the exact spot of...
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  • a beautiful church where the apparition happened
    a beautiful church where the apparition...
    by Chinggis_n_Borte
  • We took photo of the church at night.
    We took photo of the church at night.
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Tirano Things to Do

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    by Chinggis_n_Borte Written Apr 19, 2014

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    Up on a mountain not far from the Basilica of Madonna di Tirano, and close to the Swiss border is a very old church called Santa Perpetua.

    The view of Tirano and Madonna di Tirano from Santa Perpetua is spectacular.

    It is possible to walk up to the church, but make sure to have good walking shoes which are not slippery if the weather is wet.

    Church of Santa Perpetua

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    by Chinggis_n_Borte Written Apr 10, 2014

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    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:-

    "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”."

    a beautiful church where the apparition happened This must be the exact spot of apparition We took photo of the church at night.
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    • Architecture

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    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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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism

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Tirano Hotels

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  • Albergo Ristorante Bernina

    The thing that is not availabe is A/C. During the daytime in summer, you should escape. The door is...

  • Hotel Corona

    Viale Italia, 19, Tirano, Italy

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Centrale Tirano

    via Don Luigi Albonico, 23037 Tirano, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Casa Mia B&B

    We stayed for 4 nights at Casa Mia B&B at via Arcari 6, in Tirano. It is an easy walk from the...


Tirano Restaurants

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    by Chinggis_n_Borte Updated Apr 19, 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 served in overseas Italian restaurants. That's a shame, because it is indeed delicious. It is like good home cooking. Very comforting food. Full of flavour. Rustic.

    The restaurant is perched high up in the mountains, in the village of Roncaiola, above the city/towns of Madonna di Tirano and Tirano, and on the Swiss border.

    Borte's grandmother was born there, in Roncaiola.

    The view of the valley is spectacular. The restaurant has been expanded since 2011, and now has a full enclosure, with beautiful 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 was delicious.

    We both selected the "Menu del Contrabandiere" which consisted of 3 courses:
    **an antipasti plate with bresaola, chicory - bitter leaf salad, cischoii/chisciöl, sciatt, prosciutto and salami.
    **a bowl of pizzoccheri (see the intro page and travelogue),
    ** beef steak with potatoes cooked in cream, milk and cheese.

    We were too full for dessert!
    The menu had so many choices on it, but for us, this special menu had exactly what we wanted to try - some of the local specialties.

    The waiter was very friendly and professional.

    The ambience and view are wonderful.

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

    Osteria Roncaiola beef steak and potatoes - Roncaiola style
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    • Food and Dining
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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    by Chinggis_n_Borte Written Apr 19, 2014

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    On our last night in Tirano, we chose to eat at the restaurant of Albergo Alt Villa because we wanted to have traditional Valtillenese cuisine. We did not stay at this hotel, but the restaurant is open to all people, not just those who stay at the hotel.

    They offer traditional Valtillenese cuisine which is a cuisine that one will not likely find in other parts of Italy, or in Italian restaurants in foreign countries (unless a Valtillenese migrant opens a restaurant and cooks the traditional foods).

    The cooking is rustic and filling.

    For "antipasti", Chinggis chose their selection of Valtellinese style appetisers which included bresaola, cischoi, etc.

    Borte chose a plate of cichoi with a bitter chicory salad.

    Cichoi is a dialect word. Cichoi are made with buckwheat flour and cheese, and are like a (savoury) pancake. Borte's grandmother was born in a village above Tirano and Madonna di Tirano, and used to make these. So having the cichoi brought back a lot of memories of Nonna's home cooking.

    When Borte ordered the cichoi, the waiter commented with a smile to Borte, in Italian, along the lines of "you are familiar with cichoi"? To which Borte replied in Italian that "yes, my nonna was born in Roncaiola ..." and before Borte could finish the sentence, the waiter finished the sentence with "and she used to make them?"

    For our next dish we both chose a plate of Pizzoccheri - the flat strips (like fettucini) of buckwheat flour/white flour pasta with cheese, cabbage (sometimes spinach), potato. A true delight for the tastebuds. And very typical of the Valtellina area.

    We were too full for more dishes.

    The restaurant also offers lots of complimentary bread.

    The waiter was very kind and friendly.

    It was a nice restaurant, rather a formal setting. And romantic too.
    The location is superb, too, just near the beautiful Basilica.

    Favorite Dish: Pizzoccheri - very tasty, delicious, filling. Rustic.

    dining at Albergo Alt Avilla

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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.

    Belvedere Tirano, snapshot from the Bernina train Pizzeria Belvedere Tirano

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