Visiting Tirano, Italy


Visiting Tirano, Italy

Tirano sits at the entrance of the Swiss Valposchiavo, where the northern and southern Alps meet. The historical center is just past the train station and over the river; you can cross one of the bridges and enter through an original old gate in the medieval wall. The Porta Poschiavina is the best city gate to see with its sixteenth century frescos. Walk down narrow roads, past stone towers, and by palaces that were once home to noble families. The Palazzo Salis, belonged to the Swiss Salis family and built in the mid 1600’s, is now a museum.

The main attraction in Tirano is the church at the edge of town which also sits on a small plaza, Piazza Basilica, where the Bernina Pass railway line passes. The church, Basilica della Madonna di Tirano, is a Catholic shrine to the Madonna di Tirano and is dedicated to the appearance of Mary to Mario Degli Omodei in 1504. There is a small chapel to the left of the entrance that is dedicated to the place where Mary appeared. The inside of the Basilica is very impressive and covered with artworks, carvings, and paintings. The 17th century organ is an impressive Baroque piece dominating the front of the church and even the ceiling as it stretches up towards the dome in dark wood.

I highly recommend you take a coffee break at the outdoor café by the Basilica and admire the view.

You can easily walk to the Basilica from the main train station by walking down the tree lined Viale Italia street. The church is also where you will see the bright red Swiss trains pass right through the center of the intersection, with barely a blow of a whistle and no train crossing bars. To see the Swiss trains run like clockwork through this small Italian piazza it is quite a sight to see, for in true Italian style the train creates a scene with traffic uproar, and it is gone before you know it and everything goes back to normal until the next train.


Tirano is a nice small city to visit. If you are taking the Bernina train from St. Moritz or another Swiss town, Tirano is the end of the line and perfect for a few hours to have lunch and run over to see the church before getting back on the train.

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For a comprehensive and thorough guide to Tirano and the surrounding area, click here for a pdf official tourism guide.  This guide of Tirano also includes maps with suggested routes and highlighted buildings/museums to see along the way.



Look back at 2013 – travel blog


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A look back at 2013…take a look below at what was covered in 2013 and sign up so you don’t miss any new posts in 2014!


Four part travel series on BUDAPEST, Hungary:

Tips for how to get around Budapest using public transportation

Day itinerary that includes the major sights including the Chain Bridge, Matthias Church, Castle Hill and the Fisherman’s Bastion.

Day itinerary highlighting the famous Parliament building.

Day itinerary with lunch at Gundel restaurant and a look at the elaborate Szechenyi thermal baths.

Plus a fun post about ingenious Hungarians and what they discovered or created


TURIN, ITALY – Four part travel series on TURIN, Italy a beautiful Italian city that is off-the-beaten-path but a wonderful trip!

Travel tips on how to get to Turin with special info on the super fast “LeFrecce” train.

What to see and the main sights in Turin

Visiting the CAR MUSEUM – great for kids too!

Learn about the high end Italian food market, EATALY


DOYLESTOWN, PA – visiting Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

SAN FRANCISCO – special post with tips on riding those famous cable cars


-MILAN, Italy – New travel post and tips on what to see and do in MILAN’s canal district – click for part one of a two part series


BRESCIA, Italy – a must do trip for architecture and art history enthusiasts. Click for part one of a two part series.


FASHION – click to visit my newest blog with chic travel outfits and fashion collages on travelchicbythemonica


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