The two valley arms culminate on the passes Maloja (m 1815) and Spluga (m 2115 - open from may to november) at the borders to Switzerland.
Madesimo (m 1550) is a well known fine holiday resort immersed in beautiful fir and larch woods, encircled by imposing peaks.
The place offers a wide choice of amazing hikes within everybody's reach, but in summer a lot of other sports are possible: golf, free climbing, mountaineering, canyoning and hydrospeed.
Chiavenna bears a lot of readable signs of its noble past. The town's offer combines beatifully history, art, culture, cuisine and natural environment. The real hotspots in Chiavenna are the socalled "crotti", natural caves that formed in prehistorical times from huge boulders which broke off and fell down the mountain sides. A costant draught (48° C) blows constantly through the crevices of these rocks giving ideal conditions for the storage and ageing of wines, cheese and the local bresaola-ham. These crottoes become "hot" venues where the local people enjoys nice moments of fun and fine food.
Campoldolcino (m 1070) is a well known tourist resort lying on a plane valley surrounded by mountains: an idyllic place for nature lovers.
Madesimo and Campodolcino are the higher resorts, ideal as skiing destinations; ski lovers, from downhill to cross-country over to ski-touring find here a great deal of facilities, while non-skiers will enjoy a full immersion experience in unspoiled nature. Snow-walking is just at home here! From november until May