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Sondrio is a small town in the Valtellina surrounded by the crests of the Lombard Alps and the terraced vineyards of the Rhaetian bank. The city center is very intimate and mainly for pedestrian use only, so the best way to visit Sondrio is undoubtedly on foot or by bicycle.
In addition to offering splendid historic buildings, the city offers you one unparalleled culinary tradition, with a selection of wines produced from truly excellent Nebbiolo grapes. Let's find out together what to see, where to eat, and what to do in Sondrio.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Sondrio in a weekend
  2. What to see in Sondrio in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Sondrio: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Sondrio
  5. Plan your stay in Sondrio: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Sondrio in a weekend

1 - Masegra Castle

Masegra Castle it is the only medieval stronghold that survived the settlement of the Grisons in Valtellina. Over the centuries, the manor has lost its defensive purposes and has been used as a residence, enriching itself with loggias, cellars for wine tasting, frescoes and other architectural details. Do not miss the Camera Picta which houses a cycle of frescoes inspired by Ariosto's Orlando Furioso.

  • 15 minutes on foot from Piazza Garibaldi passing through via San Siro and via Capitano Masegra - Get directions
  • from May to September, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 18:00
  • free

2 - Castel Grumello

Built between the end of 1200 and the beginning of 1300 by the De Piro family, what remains of Castel Grumello it dominates the city and a large part of the valley from above. The construction consisted of 2 buildings surrounded by walls. The building to the west was used as a residence while the building to the east was purely defensive.



  • 10 minutes drive from the historic center of Sondrio towards Montagna in Valtellina - Get directions
  • from March to September, every day from 10:00 to 18:00; from October to January, every day from 10:00 to 17:00; last admission: half an hour before closing. Not open to visitors during the month of February.
  • free

3 - Via Scarpatetti

Walking along via Scarpatetti means immersing yourself in the authenticity of Sondrio. Cobbled courtyards, stone arches, small votive chapels and stone galleries they will give you the perfect vision of the typical rural architecture of Valtellina. Do not miss the chapel of the Madonna dell'uva and the wooden statue depicting the Madonna holding Baby Jesus with a bunch of grapes.

  • 8 minutes walk from piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi through via Maurizio Quadrio - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Palazzo Pretorio

Built in the th century, Palazzo Pretorio today it houses the offices of the high offices of the Municipality but it was once the seat of the Grisons government which dominated the city in the th century. The external facades of the building still show Renaissance ornaments and the courtyard shows a double loggia, decorated with the ancient technique of gray scratch. The Mayor's office di Sondrio houses a wooden statue of immense artistic and cultural value, dating back to the sixteenth century. Also important is the Terranea room, frescoed with the Grisons coats of arms. Inside Palazzo Pretorio there are also three exhibition rooms.



  • 2 minutes walk from piazza Garibaldi - Get directions
  • Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 16:30.
  • free

5 - Sassi de 'Lavizzari Palace

Built in the th century, today Palazzo Sassi de 'Lavizzari it houses the Valtellinese Museum of History and Art which collects archaeological evidence from prehistoric and Roman times, as well as local works capable of providing an overview of Valtellinese artistic production from the Middle Ages to today. A seventeenth-century wooden stua is also visible.

  • 5 minutes walk from piazza Garibaldi - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00; holidays from 15:00 to 18:00. Closed: every Monday, January 1st, Easter Sunday, August 15th, November 1st and December 25th.
  • full € 6,00; reduced € 5,00 for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years; free for the handicapped and accompanying persons and EU citizens under the age of 18.

6 - Villa Quadrio

Vila Quadrio was built at the beginning of the last century and brings back one today splendid th century wooden stua in stone pine. The structure harks back to the typical architecture of its time, but brings some significant references to the Renaissance into its exterior. Today it houses the municipal library.

  • 8 minutes walk from piazza Garibaldi - Get directions
  • Monday from 14pm to 00pm; Tuesday to Friday from 19:00 to 10:00 and from 12:00 to 14:00; Saturdays from 18:00 to 9:00.
  • free

7 - Palazzo Sertoli

Located in the historic center of Sondrio, Palazzo Sertoli is a Baroque building with an adjoining park.Do not miss the visit of the Ballroom on the main floor of the structure. It is a baroque room on two floors and decorated with frescoes and balconies typical of the time.



  • 4 minutes walk from piazza Garibaldi - Get directions
  • temporarily not open to visitors

8 - Collegiate Church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio

Located in Piazza Campello, in the heart of the historic center, Collegiata dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio is a church of medieval origin almost entirely rebuilt during the eighteenth century. The church contains paintings of refined beauty inside.

  • 2 minutes walk from piazza Garibaldi - Get directions
  • always accessible in compliance with religious functions.
  • free

9 - Piazza Garibaldi

The center par excellence, the good living room of the city, where city life is created and flows, or stop for an aperitif or a coffee. The historic Albergo della Posta and the Social Theater overlook the square, along with other wonderful buildings in the Renaissance and Neoclassical style. In the center of the square stands the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi.

  • 6 minutes walk from the train station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Route of the terraces

It is really worth visiting i terraces for the cultivation of the Chiavannesca vine and their wine cellars, to taste a glass of Sassella, Grumello, Inferno and Sforzato. At your disposal, several pedestrian and cycle paths from which to admire the city from above. The streets of the terracing they go from Tirano to Morbegno, passing through Sondrio.

  • 6 minutes drive from the center of Sondrio - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Sondrio in one day: recommended itinerary

Start your visit of Sondrio by stopping for breakfast at the La Milanese pastry shop in Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi. Here you can eat typical Valtellina sweets and set off with the right energy.
Admire the square with the statue of Garibaldi and the flow of city life that is created here, then continue along Corso Italia to reach Palazzo Pretorio and admire the splendid wooden stüa fifteenth century that adorns the office of the First Citizen. Proceed to Piazza Campiello where you can admire the Collegiate Church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio with its beautiful interiors. After your visit, take via Martiri della Libertà and continue until you reach Palazzo Sertoli and its admirable gardens. Continuing on via Zara you can reach Villa Quadrio.

Go back and have lunch at the Cima 11 restaurant which offers typical Valtellina dishes in a daily menu, which varies according to availability. Accompany your culinary choice with local wine, capable of enhancing any dish. After lunch join the MVSA through via Pelosi and delve into the magnificence of the history and art of Valtellina. After the visit to the museum housed in Palazzo Sassi de 'Lavizzari, take via Scarpatetti until you reach Castel Masegra. The road is uphill but the view over the valley repays the slight effort.

Once your visit to the castle is over, stop for dinner at the nearby Masegra Restaurant, to enjoy delicious dishes and excellent glasses of wine, all locally sourced. After dinner, go down to via Scarpatetti and reach piazza Cavour, where to end your day with a glass of wine or grappa.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at La Milanese, piazza Garibaldi, 7 (Get directions) - (+39) 0342 515128 - Facebook page
  2. Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi - always accessible - free
  3. Praetorian Palace - opening hours: from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 16:30 - ticket price: free
  4. Collegiate Church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio - always accessible - free
  5. Sertoli Palace - times: from Mon to Fri from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket cost: full € xx, reduced xx € xx, xx (in case of too complex times or reductions, insert the link of the official website)
  6. Villa Quadrio - opening hours: Monday from 14:00 to 19:00; Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00; Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00. - ticket cost: free
  7. Lunch at Trattoria Cima 11 - via Pelosi, 3 (Get directions) - (+39) 0342 515040 - Facebook page
  8. MVSA - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00; holidays from 15:00 to 18:00 - ticket price: full € 6,00; reduced € 5,00
  9. Masegra Castle - opening hours: from May to September, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 18:00 - ticket price: free
  10. Price at Masegra Restaurant - via De Capitani di Masegra 7B (Get directions), (+39) 0342 215970 - Facbeook page

Where to eat in Sondrio: the best restaurants

  1. Top 11: a very small trattoria in the heart of the historic center that offers an informal and familiar environment in which only and exclusively typical local specialties are served.
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via Pelosi, 3 - Get directions - (+39) 0342 515040 - Facebook page
  2. Masegra: typical Valtellinese cuisine revisited in a modern and chic way. The location near the castle of the same name is beautiful. Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: via De Capitani di Masegra 7B - Get directions - (+39) 0342 215970 - Facebook page
  3. Post restaurant: restaurant of extreme class and refinement with meat and fish dishes cooked by excellent chefs.
    Average price per person: € 45,00
    Address and contacts: piazza Garibladi, 19 - Get directions - (+39) 0342 200397 - Facebook page

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Sondrio

The nightlife of Sondrio develops above all in the taverns of the historic center, although there is no shortage of trendy clubs for young people. In the area of ​​Piazza Garibaldi you will find night clubs able to satisfy every taste and always respond to your expectations, from the most refined to the most familiar.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Astoria Disco Club: the right place for those who love to dance to the rhythm of wild DJ sets
    Address: piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 26 - Get directions - Facebook page
  • Le Café: a quiet place to have a drink with your friends while enjoying an excellent cellar
    Address: via Giuseppe Piazzi, 10 - Get directions - Facebook page
  • Post Coffee: refined and elegant place, ideal for a romantic after dinner
    Address: piazza Garibaldi, 6 - Get directions - Facebook page

Plan your stay in Sondrio: info and useful tips

  • by car about 2 hours both from Bergamo Orio Al Serio airport and from Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports; 2 hour train ride from Milano Centrale - Get directions
  • Getting around: the best way to get around the center of Sondrio is on foot or by bicycle. In this way you can enter the pedestrian areas without problems and enjoy all the beauties of the city.
  • Where to park: in the center you will find the paid parking in piazza Garibaldi (Get directions). Also in the center, you can take advantage of the public parking in piazzale Tocalli (Get directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Tirano 30 minutes by car; Madonna della Sassella 10 minutes by car; Morbegno 30 minutes by car; the Sentiero della Valtellina, 100km of paths that connect the most beautiful places in the area, to be covered strictly on foot or by bicycle.
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