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Edolo: the heart of the upper Val Camonica and crossroads of famous Alpine passes
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Edolo is at the heart of the upper Val Camonica, at 700 metres above sea level. It is in the northernmost part of the province of Brescia, almost on the border with the provinces of Sondrio and Trento. It lies on a large plateau where the Ogliolo stream joins the Oglio river.

 

It is nestled among the peaks of the eastern branch of the Bergamasque Alps, the southern Ortler Alps and the Adamello group, in a location that makes it ideal for both summer and winter tourism. It is just a few kilometres from the Aprica and Temù-Ponte di Legno-Tonale skiing areas. A number of different areas converge near Edolo: the Aprica pass is around 15 km away, while it is only a little further to Ponte di Legno and the Tonale Pass, which form the “gateway” to Trentino.
 

Therefore, it is an ideal, centrally located base for the occasional trip to Valtellina, perhaps reaching into the Engadine valley and St. Moritz in Switzerland, the most famous resorts in Trentino and across other famous Alpine passes such as Gavia and Mortirolo.
 

Thanks to its geographical location and altitude, Edolo has a mild climate, with cool summers and winters that are not overly harsh. In addition, it is a service centre for the whole of the upper part of the valley, with facilities such as a hospital, numerous schools, the “Mountain University”, a swimming pool, a cinema and a library.
 

The town still has an ancient, grand appearance and it is full of old buildings and monuments. Here is a small selection of the sites of greatest historical and artistic importance: the 15th century Church of San Giovanni Battista, with frescos by Paolo Caylina the Younger and Romanino; Casa Zuelli, which is the oldest home in the old town centre; the little Church of San Clemente, which is built on the remains of a Roman temple; the ruins of the Federici castle; the Parish Church of Santa Maria Nascente, which has a nave, two side aisles and a very tall granite bell tower; and the Church of Santi Fabiano & Sebastiano, which has a 16th century structure.
 

Protection schemes are in place for much of the local area, including: the Adamello natural park and the nearby Stelvio national park; the Pian Gembro and Valli di Sant'Antonio nature reserves, the Toricla conservation areas and many other natural Sites of Community Importance.
 

Edolo can be the starting point for countless journeys of discovery: paths that are suitable for all are hidden away in luxuriant swathes of meadows and beech and fir woods, where it is also possible to pick mushrooms and wild berries.
 

There are numerous ideal locations for hiking and mountain biking in the magnificent surrounding valleys. The hotel has a large number of guides to help guests pick their favourite routes.
 

Finally, you cannot forget the cultural richness of the monuments and the opportunities of the valley, therefore keep in mind the following places as well:
Finally, there is a wealth of cultural gems, monuments and other attractions in the valley, including: the rock carvings in the Capo di Ponte National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); the 18th century Stations of the Cross in Ceto Cerveno; the ancient water-powered hammers of Bienno; the Parish Church of San Siro (Capo di Ponte); the Val Camonica museum in Breno; the White War museum (Temù); the Annunciata monastery (Ossimo); the frescos in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Esine); and the Archaeological Park of the Roman Amphitheatre and Theatre (Cividate)..