An easy, kid-friendly hike suitable for all the family, this waymarked nature trail guides you through the Pian di Gembro Nature Reserve, offering picture-perfect views of the mesmerising snowy summits that surround Valtellina and the Adamello Mountain Range.
Set off from the restaurant at Pian di Gembro and cross the wooden bridge. It climbs gently to begin with, leading you into a dense forest of fir, pine, and larch trees. Once you’ve crested the mountain that marks the border between Aprica and the nature reserve, you’ll be in a spot called ‘Valcheola’. From here, follow the trail to the right and descend until you reach the Church of S. Fortunato; expect to be momentarily stunned as the view opens up to reveal a birds-eye view of the lower and central parts of Valtellina, framed by the spectacular peaks of the Rhaetian and Orobic Alps. On clear days, you’ll see as far as the Monte Rosa massif.
To round off the route, follow the road that skirts along the edge of the wetland and past the reserve’s educational space.
Suitable clothing for winter, snowshoes, poles, and crampons/spikes, if desired.