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Alpe Pedroria e Alpe Madrera

Alpe Pedroria e Alpe Madrera

Amid the verdant mountain pastures of the Valtellina valley

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Regularly open

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+39 02 467615325
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Overview

Mountain pastures, woodlands and ancient Alpine cottages: 200 hectares of Alpine landscapes in the heart of the Orobie Valtellinesi, affording a wonderful panorama. An environmental regeneration project to reinstate the mountainside’s time-honoured vocation as pastureland.

Bequeathed to FAI by Stefano Tirinzoni in 2011

Set on the northern slope of the Bergamo Alps, within the Orobie Valtellinesi National Park, the Pedroria Alp (1929 metres above sea level) and the Madrera Alp (1435 m above sea level) afford panoramic views of untainted pastureland and woodland, reaching all the way to the unstable terrain of the higher altitudes. This 200-hectare area is exceptionally rich in terms of the biodiversity of its flora and fauna, with a full 70 hectares of woods complemented by 20 of florid pastures that lay abandoned for years before the reinstatement of sheep farming. The economy here revolves around the mountain huts, which provide the backdrop to the seasonal work of the herders who, to this day, drive their herds up to them. The huts are equipped with stables and cheese-making rooms, and feature typical dry-stone walls, which almost seem to protect the summits of Mount Pisello, Mount Culino and Mount Lago, which overlook the pastures. Numerous hiker-friendly paths make their way through a wide variety of natural habitats in which the spruce fir is the most abundant species; this area also plays host to several species of Alpine fauna, including black grouse, which finds its ideal habitat here. After many years of working with FAI, as chief of the Sondrio Delegation and director of works on the restoration of Grumello Castle, architect Stefano Tirinzoni bequeathed these precious embodiments of ancient mountain traditions to FAI as a tangible sign of his deep, long-lasting bond with these valleys of his.

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How to get here

By car

  • From Milan: take the SS36 highway heading towards Lecco - Colico. After Colico, take the SS38 road on the right and head towards Sondrio.
  • From Sondrio: take the SS38 highway to Morbegno. Continue to the Cornelli district. At Cornelli, take the signposted path, which in around 30 minutes takes you, on a slight incline, up to the Rifugio Alpe Piazza shelter. Another 30 minutes’ walk along the path takes you to the Pedroria Alp.
Guided Tours

Guided tours for schools are available. Prior booking required: tel. (+39) 338 4647620, E-mail nadiacavallo@gmail.com

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