Soglio Travel Guide

  • view from Soglio
    view from Soglio
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  • San Pietro, Giacometti painting
    San Pietro, Giacometti painting
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  • San Giorgio
    San Giorgio
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Soglio Things to Do

  • Bondo

    Bondo is another picturesque village in the Bregaglia valley. It is located off the main road at the entrance to the Bondasca valley from where the mountaineering and climbing folks start their ascent to the granite peaks. These peaks tower up so close and high in the south above Bondo that the village doesn't get any sun from mid November to mid...

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  • Church San Pietro

    Just a minute from the hamlet Coltura and Palazzo Castelmur is the church San Pietro located. It was built in 1743. The simple altar table dates from that year, the wooden pulpit was created in the second half of the 17th century. Most remarkable is the oil painting by Augusto Giacometti "The morning of Resurrection" (1915) in the choir.The church...

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  • Palazzo Castelmur

    After passing Stampa on your drive (or bus ride) down the valley turn your head right to see an odd building: Palazzo Castelmur. Somehow it doesn't fit into the architecture of the Bregaglia valley, it looks very much Spanish.In 1839 Jean de Castelmur, son of a Bregaglia local who had emigrated to Marseille and there had become a wealthy...

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  • Stampa - Ciäsa Granda

    This museum covers the history of the entire valley, art, culture, nature etc. On the ground floor is a permanent exhibit of works of the artists of the Giacometti family (Giovanni, Augusto e.g.) and you also see some works of artist Varlin, another local.The house was built by Giovanni della Stampa in 1581, is well restored and a sight itself...

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  • Church San Giorgio

    Whatever means of transport you choose, walking, bus, driving - you will take notice of the church San Giorgio in isolated, beautiful setting slightly outside the village Borgonovo.The present church was built 1694 replacing an earlier one from the 14th century. The woodcarved pulpit as well as the beautiful wooden pews and panels on the walls are...

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  • Vicosoprano, the churches

    There are two churches in Vicosoprano, both reformed. The newer Parish church is S. Trinita at the piazza, built 1758-61. Typically for reformed churches it is mostly a simple architecture, does not have much ornate decoration. Quite beautiful are the sacrament table, made of beautifully coloured marbles, and the gracious pulpit, a woodcarved...

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  • Vicosoprano

    Vicosoprano is sort of the administrative centre of the valley. It's a mostly unspoilt very small town that deserves more attention by tourists than it actually gets - which is not far from zero. Like all the other villages (except Soglio) it is located on the valley floor, the former main road running right through it. Nowadays the main road...

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  • Soglio - Palazzo Salis

    The only "must see" in Soglio is IMO Palazzo Salis, a hotel with tradition since 1878. Strictly spoken it is the Casa Battista, one of the five palazzi that the Salis family built in Soglio, all of them located on the northern edge of Soglio, in front of it the only place in the village that deserves to be called a square.Casa Battista was built...

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  • Soglio

    The best known tourist spot in the Bregaglia valley is the small village Soglio. As said in the intro to this page it nestles on a sunny terrace high above the valley floor at an elevation of about 1,100 m. The view of the rugged granite peaks on the opposite side of the valley from Soglio is breathtaking. Even more beautiful - and a popular...

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Soglio Transportation

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    by german_eagle Written Oct 9, 2011

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    As usual in Switzerland, public transportation is sufficient in the Bregaglia valley. Postal buses serve all the villages except Bondo (a leisure 10 minutes walk from Promontogno).

    The Bregaglia valley is on the bus line St. Moritz - Chiavenna (Italy). The buses run every hour to Castasegna, the border village to Italy, every two hours they even go all the way to Chiavenna. For Soglio change in Promontogno (timed).

    Many hotels in the Upper Engadin (in case you stay there) offer a complimentary pass for public transportation in the region for stays of two nights and more - check if "Bergell" (Bregaglia) is included.

    Postal bus in Soglio Postal bus on the road down from Soglio change Postal bus in Promontogno Postal bus in Vicosoprano Postal bus in Vicosoprano, going to St. Moritz
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Soglio Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking: Soglio - Castasegna / Chestnut...

    An easy hike, more a walk, is the trail from Soglio down to Castasegna. It is very popular as it takes you through the famous chestnut forest, said to be the largest in Europe, particularly beautiful in late fall when the chestnuts (called marroni here) are harvested and roasted in the small huts.First follow the curvy road down from Soglio for a...

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  • Hiking: Sentiero Storico

    This hiking trail runs mostly along the valley floor, only the ascent to Soglio is quite exhausting. As the name indicates it is themed "history" - you walk/hike from one historic place to the next one. You may want to start in Vicosoprano (see separate tip), from there walk on either side of the river (northern/right recommended for views) to...

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  • Hiking: Sentiero Panoramico

    The Bregaglia valley offers a good variety of hiking trails. Be prepared that most of them are rather strenuous and require the hiker to be in good shape, though. Elevation differences add up quickly as the slopes of the valley are steep and mountains/passes are on the higher side.One highly recommended hike is the so called "Sentiero Panoramico" -...

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