"Poschiavo - Italianita in Switzerland" Poschiavo by german_eagle
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Poschiavo is a small town in the Italian speaking valley of the same name in southern Graubünden. The population of the town is about 3,500. The valley stretches from the High Alps - Bernina pass and Peak Palü (3,905 m) down to Tirano in Italy where palm trees grow (425 m).
The whole valley is mostly overlooked by tourists. If it wasn't for the famous Bernina train route that goes straight through the Poschiavo valley connecting St. Moritz (Engadine) and Tirano (Valtellina) then it probably wouldn't be on the tourist map at all. The advantage is that you can find a mostly unspoiled, original valley with gorgeous landscape and beautiful small towns.
Poschiavo itself has a lot to offer. After a horrible flood on 18th July 1987 the whole centro storico (borgo) was thoroughly restored and presents one of the most charming and authentic townscapes in (not only) Southern Switzerland.
The rest of the valley is not to be ignored, either, for the tourist looking for unspoiled, rural landscape and mountains. No technical installations for skiing here, no cable cars/gondolas, hardly any asphalt roads to Alps, mountain huts or so as often in Austria or Germany. It's a hiker's paradise. The lake offers recreation after long hikes or sightseeing.
I have been about a half dozen times to the Poschiavo valley but only on my most recent visit in 2011 I explicitly went to the town for exploring the sights in detail. The other visits were for hiking and riding the Bernina train.
I hope you enjoy this page on a fairly unknown but most charming place in Switzerland.
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