Walking and hiking in Italy's Stelvio National Park
Exploring the Stelvio National Park. Italy's picture-perfect Alpine country a snowy peaks criss-crossed with rock buttresses and glaciers, thick forested hillsides and chalet villages in emerald meadows.
The Stelvio National Park (or Parco nationale del Stelvio as it is locally known) is situated in north-west Italy, caught between the Dolomites to the east and a spur of Switzerland to the west. It is also Italy’s largest Alpine National Park.
It’s picture-perfect Alpine country – snowy peaks criss-crossed with rock buttresses and glaciers, thick forested hillsides and chalet villages in emerald meadows.
There’s a wide range of different valley bases, from the spa resort of Peio Fonte, the medieval town of Bormio in the west, to the tiny village of Trafoi at the beginning of the Stelvio Pass before it crosses into Switzerland.
It’s easy to get to the Stelvio Park area served by the Italian airports at Milan, Bergamo, Brescia and Verona.
Getting around – local transport
It is perfectly feasible to have a car free hiking holiday in the Stelvio. An excellent, extensive and reasonable priced network of trains and buses serves villages and valleys across the area. All of the walking and hiking routes in the guidebook start and finish at places accessible by public transport.
Food and drink
A holiday in the Stelvio National Park is also a guarantee of memorable gastronomical experiences thanks to the rich culinary traditions of the Lonbardia, Trentino and Sudtirol regions.