Masino’s Thermal bath

Through a beech trees secular forest, at a short distance from the village of San Martin, you will find the thermal bath of Val Masino. Surrounded by the nature, this building, represent the ideal place for those people that want to take a break away from the noisy city. Since the ancient times, Masino thermal bath, have been praised for the extraordinary curative fearuewa of the hot water that comes out of the stone.

Legend has it that the thermal water source was accidentally discovered by a shepherd who seeing departing each day one of his cows, decided to follow it and discovered with amazement that the cow went to drink to a source of hot water. That structure represents a part of the valley’s history, as something precious, which has been formed at the bottom of the valley. For a lot of years it’s been the pastime of the great Italian nobles.

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Aplinism history

The Masino-Bregaglia group has always been something important for the entire valley over the years in terms of alpinism activities. The first climbers were English. The highest and the most important mountain is called Disgrazia and his height is about 3678 m that is been climbed by Kennedy, Stephen and Cox the 24th august in 1862, when all the movement started.

Moreover, other several peaks, has been climbed in that period as the Cima Castello and Pizzo Cengalo. However, just few years later the mountaintop of Pizzo Badile has been reached precisely in the 1867. In the 1881, Cernuschi and Baroni, reached for the first time the Corni Bruciati and the west-peak of Pizzo Torrone. Over the years, a lot of alpine guides have become famous for what they shared with this valley. Lurani was one of them and is remembered for its perfect precise and reliable land survey that has been done when he worked, and also, was printed in 1882 as a public guide entitled Le Montagne di Val Masino.

Also Klucker was one of the most important guides and he reached in 1882 the east peak of Pizzo Torrone, the Cima Cantone in 1891 and so on.

The climb level has always been high, but in the following years this level has been improved a lot by many climbers that came here for all over the world. In 1959 the “exploration section” finished and from that date to now, it tried to improve and make harder the existing routes.


Great stories and other fantastic legends loom over this wide valley. Many stories tells about a bogeyman that came here in the valley from the hell to serve a sentence, but also about some witches, that were extremely bad against the next one.

An other legend tells about people who used to stay up to the peak of the mountains to look around and find some animals. One of the most important legends ever is that about Corni Bruciati which are been set in a wrong way many times on the mountain of Disgrazia.

The inspiration descends from the rocks colour, which is a sort of red. That rocks called Corni Bruciati invades the path of Preda Rossa. The story talks about two brothers, Scermendone and Arcanzo, that they were spending the summer in mountain pastures with their herds. The first one was noble-minded and friendly even with the cattle and the second one was rough and rude. One day a pilgrim came there asking refreshment, but Arcanzo drove him so bad. Fortunately, Scermendone, which was a better man, brought some polenta and milk to the poor man. After has been thanked himself with Scermendone, he told him that was coming a storm and then he suggested him to take the herd and leaves the mountain without turning back ever. After a while, Scermendone decides to come down the mountain, instead of Arcanzo that decides to remain there. He had just started, when behind him, blown up a violent storm and worried about his brother, Scermendone decides to turn off and suddenly remained blinded.

So, he settles to start begging the wayfarer, telling him how was worried about his brother and he excuses itself with him for not being faithful. However the poor wayfarer understood the brotherly love, so he decided to bring Scermendone to a Hot water source in order to wash his face. After that, Scermendone returned to see again, but the wayfarer was vanished, so he realized that something wonder was just happened and he started to thanks god for all. Arcanzo.

Parco boulder (NEW)

Parco boulder
Lombardy has always had a vocation regarding several sport events. However, Val Masino and Val di Mello, represents the greatest spots thanks to the environmental overview. Few kilometres contain an enormous diversity between landscape and environment that makes this place outstanding, and allowed it to grow every year in terms of tourism.

Surrounded by a huge mountains district, this valley has always attracted big groups of climbers from all over the world. Every year a lot of professional climbers come here to test themselves on the rocks. Sasso Remenno, the Europe’s biggest monolith, has always been seen it as a natural gym for every people who want to getting touch with the rocks. In addiction, there are also a lot of boulders around the valley, which allows every climber to visit all the valleys in order to discover new wild places to climb a rock. More than 200 itineraries have been created over the years and each of these go from a fourth level to a eleventh level of complexity. .

That levels allows every kind of climber to approach the rocks, from the beginner to the professional climber. Besides the areas of Val di Mello there are also others different parts where is allowed to climb and these are in Val Masino from the Sasso Remenno until the village of San Martino and going on in Lombardy’s forest near the thermal bath of Masino and in Visido’s area.

A truly prove that the climbers movement is every year such an important source for the entire valley is Melloblocco, which represents the largest international bouldering meeting in the entire world. This event, which is well organized every year, was born in 2004 and has always continued and raised up, with great outcome, its growth.

Big Walls (Val di Mello)

Big Walls (Val di Mello)
Due to glacier erosion activities, the mountains of Val di Mello have had a continuously change in the history until now, indeed they appears huge and very carved. If you take a look to the steep granite walls, they’re still visible some rocks path characterized by some wood fixed rungs in the rock or directly some rock steps.

In fact, a lot of climbers that comes here taught this kind of think in a very inspirational way because they can admire what ancient people have done over the years. At the beginning of Val di Mello there is one of these big walls, which is dominated by the great fall that is named Cascata del Ferro.


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