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Bormio (Lombard: Bormi, Romansh: About this soundBuorm , German: Worms im Veltlintal) is a town and comune with a population of about 4,100 located in the Province of Sondrio, Lombardy region of the Alps in northern Italy.

Bormio
Comune di Bormio
Panoramic view
Panoramic view
Coat of arms of Bormio
Coat of arms
Location of Bormio
Bormio is located in Italy
Bormio
Bormio
Location of Bormio in Italy
Bormio is located in Lombardy
Bormio
Bormio
Bormio (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 46°28′N 10°22′E / 46.467°N 10.367°E / 46.467; 10.367Coordinates: 46°28′N 10°22′E / 46.467°N 10.367°E / 46.467; 10.367
CountryItaly
RegionLombardy
ProvinceSondrio (SO)
Frazioninone
Government
 • MayorGiuseppe Occhi [1]
Area
 • Total41 km2 (16 sq mi)
Elevation
1,225 m (4,019 ft)
Population
 • Total4,088
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Bormini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
23032
Dialing code0342
Patron saintGervasius and Protasius
Saint day19 June
WebsiteOfficial website
The church of San Vitale, built as early as the XII century in Romanesque style

The centre of the upper Valtellina valley, it is a popular winter sports resort. It was the site of the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2005, and annually hosts the Alpine Ski World Cup. In addition to modern skiing facilities, the town is noted for the presence of several hot springs that have been tapped to provide water to three thermal baths.

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GeographyEdit

 
Primary School, with World War I memorial by Egidio Gunella di Viggiù (1864-1934)
 
Collegiata church.

Bormio lies in the northeast of the Lombardy region at the top of the Valtellina, a broad glacial valley formed by the Adda River that flows down into Lake Como. It is linked to other valleys via four passes:

HistoryEdit

Due to its thermal baths at Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi and Terme di Bormio, Bormio has long been a tourist attraction. Members of the Roman aristocracy already travelled to Bormio in order to enjoy warm baths in the mountainous scenery. Most of these thermal baths are still in use today.

The town is centred on the historic Piazza Cavour and Via Roma, a historic main trading point on the route from Venice to Switzerland. Bormio retains its unique medieval town centre, attracting many tourists, mainly Italian, from Milan and other cities.

Alpine skiingEdit

The village hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships twice, in 1985 and 2005, both cohosted with Santa Caterina di Valfurva. There are fifty kilometres (30 miles) of marked ski runs, the longest run of which is 6 km (4 mi), served by fourteen lifts and several ski schools.

Bormio is a regular stop on the World Cup circuit, usually with a men's downhill in late December. The Pista Stelvio, named after Stelvio Pass, is one of the most challenging downhill courses in the world; it is second-longest on the World Cup circuit, behind only the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland.

For the World Cup race in December 2017, the Stelvio started at an elevation of 2,255 m (7,398 ft), with a vertical drop of 1,010 m (3,314 ft) and course length of 3.27 km (2.03 mi). The winning time of Italian Dominik Paris was just under two minutes,[2] yielding an average speed of 100.66 km/h (62.5 mph) and a vertical descent rate of over 8.6 metres (28 ft) per second.

Main sightsEdit

PeopleEdit

  • The Olympic skiing brothers Erminio, Giacinto and Stefano Sertorelli were born in Bormio.
  • The best coach of the Italian national ski team from 1970-1976, Oreste Peccedi, was born and still lives in the famous 'flower house' in Bormio.
  • The Italian ski mountaineers Francesca Martinelli and Roberta Pedranzini were born in Bormio.
  • The 6 times world champion runner Marco De Gasperi was born in Bormio.
  • The Italo-Australian ski holiday planner, Tania Peccedi (daughter of Oreste Peccedi) was born and raised in Bormio.

International relationsEdit

Bormio is twinned with:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  2. ^ "World Cup downhill results - Bormio" (PDF). FIS-ski.com. 28 Dec 2017.
Bormio
 
Bormio and Valfurva from 10 km (6 mi) above
LocationBormio,   Italy
Nearest cityBormio
Coordinates46°28′3″N 10°22′41″E / 46.46750°N 10.37806°E / 46.46750; 10.37806
Vertical1786 m - (5862 ft)
Top elevation3012 m - (9882 ft)
Base elevation1224 m - (4019 ft)
Skiable area75 km² - (29.0 sq.mi.)
Runs44
Longest run3.7 mi (6.0 km)
Lift system14 (3 gondolas, 5 chairlifts, 4 drag lifts, 2 other)
Lift capacity16,000 skiers/hr
Snowfall300 cm - (118 in.)
Snowmaking12 km² - (4.6 sq.mi.), 35%
WebsiteBormio.it

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