Bormio has a number of strings to its bow: firstly, it’s a beautiful, medieval town with a fascinating history, and secondly, it’s surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the Stelio National Park, which has thermal springs, great hiking opportunities and spectacular ski slopes, including some of Italy’s highest runs. The best places to stay in Bormio will provide an excellent base for experiencing all of the above.
Broadly speaking, if you’re here for town and its history then you’ll find your idea of the best places to stay in Bormio in its medieval heart, but if you’re here for the slopes then you may be more interested in being close to the lifts or the open, woodland runs around the outskirts of town.
Bormio’s bagni, or thermal springs have been a popular attraction since Roman times (apparently Pliny the Elder ‘discovered’ them), and are where the interests of skiers and history buffs may overlap! There are numerous pools and a huge menu of spa treatments on offer, from mud therapies and traditional scrubs to inhalations and simple massages.
Those interested in Bormio’s history will also want to see the numerous frescoes, fountains and beautifully carved stonework of the old town. There’s also a great civic museum.
Skiers, if they’re feeling brave, may be interested in trying out the runs on Vallecetta, the main skiing mountain. Firstly there’s the longest vertical drop in Italy - 3012m to 1225m, then there’s the Stelvio Slope, called the most challenging slope in the world by some professional skiers. But there are also plenty of less spine-chilling options and great opportunities for snowshoeing along the hundreds of kilometres of trails of the Stelvio National Park.
In Summer there’s hiking, biking and all sorts of outdoor sports, and our pick of the best places to stay in Bormio is ideally placed for enoying everything the town has to offer.
A cleverly designed contemporary hotel in a town with lots of outdoor activities. Bedrooms are cosy with wooden decor and large comfortable beds. The restaurant serves exciting dishes headed by chef Antonio Borruso. A spa is available to easy weary limbs after a day in the mountains.