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Bormio

Bormio
Comune
Comune di Bormio
Panoramic view
Panoramic view
Coat of arms of Bormio
Coat of arms
Italy relief
Bormio
Location of Bormio in Italy
Coordinates:
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Sondrio (SO)
Frazioni none
Government
 • Mayor Giuseppe Occhi [1]
Area
 • Total 41 km2 (16 sq mi)
Elevation 1,225 m (4,019 ft)
Population
 • Total 4,088
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bormini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 23032
Dialing code 0342
Patron saint Gervasius and Protasius
Saint day 19 June
Website Official website
View over Bormio
Primary School, with World War I memorial by Egidio Gunella di Viggiù (1864-1934)
Collegiata church.
Bormio is located in Alps
Bormio
Location in the Alps in northern Italy
Bormio
Bormio and Valfurva
Bormio and Valfurva
Location Bormio,  Italy
Nearest city Bormio
Coordinates
Vertical 1,786 m (5,860 ft)
Top elevation 3,012 m (9,882 ft)
Base elevation 1,224 m (4,016 ft)
Skiable area 75 km2 (29 sq mi)
Runs 44
Longest run 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Lift system 14 (3 gondolas, 5 chairlifts,
4 drag lifts, 2 other)
Lift capacity 16,000 skiers/hr
Snowfall 300 cm (118 in)
Snowmaking 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi), 35%
Website Bormio.it

Bormio (Lombard: Bormi, Romansh: Buorm) is a town and comune with a population of about 4,100 located in the Province of Sondrio, Lombardy region of the Alps in northern Italy.

The centre of the upper Valtellina valley, it is a popular winter sports resort. It was the site of the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2005, and annually hosts the Alpine Ski World Cup. In addition to modern skiing facilities, the town is noted for the presence of several hot springs that have been tapped to provide water to three thermal baths.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Alpine skiing 3
  • Points of interest 4
  • Notable people 5
  • International relations 6
    • Twin towns – Sister cities 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Geography

Bormio lies in the northeast of the Lombardy region at the top of the Valtellina, a broad glacial valley formed by the Adda River that flows down into Lake Como. It is linked to other valleys via four passes:

History

Due to its thermal baths at Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi and Terme di Bormio, Bormio has long been a tourist attraction. Members of the Roman aristocracy already travelled to Bormio in order to enjoy warm baths in the mountainous scenery. Most of these thermal baths are still in use today.

The town is centred on the historic Piazza Cavour and Via Roma, a historic main trading point on the route from Venice to Switzerland. Bormio retains its unique medieval town centre, attracting many tourists, mainly Italian, from Milan and other cities.

Alpine skiing

The village hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships twice, in 1985 and 2005. There are 50 kilometres (31 miles) of marked ski runs, the longest run of which is 6 kilometres (4 miles), served by 14 lifts and several ski schools.

Bormio is a regular stop on the World Cup circuit, usually with a men's downhill in late December. The Pista Stelvio, named after Stelvio Pass, is one of the most challenging downhill courses in the world. It is second-longest course on the World Cup circuit, behind only the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland. For the December 2010 World Cup race, the Stelvio had a vertical drop of 1,010 metres (3,314 feet) on a course length of 3.27 km (2.03 mi); the winning time was just under two minutes.[2]

  • Alpine Ski Maps.com - winter map - Bormio

Points of interest

Notable people

  • The Olympic skiing brothers Erminio, Giacinto and Stefano Sertorelli were born in Bormio.
  • The best coach of the Italian national ski team from 1970-1976, Oreste Peccedi, was born and still lives in the famous 'flower house' in Bormio.
  • The Italian ski mountaineers Francesca Martinelli and Roberta Pedranzini were born in Bormio.
  • The 6 times world champion runner Marco De Gasperi was born in Bormio.
  • The Italo-Australian ski holiday planner, Tania Peccedi (daughter of Oreste Peccedi) of www.skiitaly.com.au, was born and raised in Bormio.

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Bormio is twinned with:

References

  1. ^ http://www.comune.bormio.so.it/Bormio/giunta.cfm?IDPag=7519&IDPag2=7523
  2. ^ FIS-ski.com - World Cup downhill results - Bormio - 2010-Dec-29

External links

  • Bormio online
  • Bormio.it
  • Bormio3.it
  • Collection of videos of skiing in Bormio
  • Sci Club Bormio
  • Official Site of the Ski Areas
  • Official Site of the Bormio Tourist Office
  • Alta Valtellina Tourism
  • Alta Rezia News Paper online
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