Romantic weekend in Bormio: 5 unforgettable experiences for couples
What to do and see for two during a weekend in Alta Valtellina
A romantic getaway in the mountains with your partner: who has ever wanted to spend a romantic break in the Alps in the company of their sweetheart, surrounded by snow-capped peaks? Among the best locations for couples in the mountains is Valtellina with its most famous tourist destinations: Bormio in particular is a favourite destination for lovers, because the experiences to be shared are ideal for those seeking intimacy, relaxation and wellbeing.
The best activities for couples in Bormio
Skiing in the Alps
If you and your better half are keen on winter sports, the first thing to do is to put on your skis and hit the snow. The Bormio ski resort stretches from the town to over three thousand metres above sea level, with a total altitude difference of 1800 metres. The lifts and slopes of Bormio 2000 and Bormio 3000 offer fun and routes for all skiers, from experts to beginners to snowboarders and freeriders, with the possibility of night skiing on certain evenings during the winter season and refreshments in the refreshment bars and refuges at high altitude overlooking the slopes. And then there is the unique opportunity to compete on the legendary Stelvio slope, the track that was the protagonist of Bormio’s downhill in the Alpine Skiing World Cup and the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.
Thermal relaxation at the Bagni di Bormio
Once the skiing is over, it’s time to think about wellness. Bormio is a unique ski resort in the entire Alpine arc because it combines winter sports and thermal relaxation in one place: the hot water springs that gush from the heart of the mountain and that were already known in ancient times make the Magnifica Terra a renowned mountain spa resort, where one can enjoy all the benefits of these healthy waters. Right in the centre is Bormio Terme with its pools and wellness path, but the best spas in Bormio are just outside the town, on the road leading to the Stelvio Pass: the Bagni Nuovi and Bagni Vecchi di Bormio. At the Bagni Nuovi, muscles and mind can be rejuvenated in a spectacular open-air course of saunas, Turkish baths, whirlpools and mud baths, while at the Bagni Vecchi, perhaps the most romantic for couples’ wellness, you can regenerate in the spectacular panoramic open-air pool, in the Arciduchessa pool and in the San Martino grotto in the bowels of the mountain. And to conclude, a couple’s massage followed by an aperitif in a bathrobe.
Strolling and shopping in the historic centre of Bormio
The second day of your stay in Bormio begins with a tour of the centre: compared to other mountain tourist destinations in Lombardy and the Alps, Bormio also stands out for the presence of a historical centre of great artistic, cultural and architectural importance, the result of the town’s strategic centrality over the past centuries. A walk through the characteristic streets and alleys of the Magnifica Terra, starting of course from the main artery Via Roma, will reveal many jewels to visitors: the tiny Santo Spirito church right at the entrance to Bormio’s pedestrian zone, the central Piazza del Kuerc with the civic tower towering over the town, the characteristic Combo bridge crossing the Frodolfo river, and then the numerous stately palaces and historic residences, not forgetting all the shopping opportunities among the shops, boutiques and markets.
Typical lunch with Valtellina dishes
At lunchtime, the time comes to sample the gastronomic delights of the area. Valtellina cuisine is famous for its delicious dishes, and in the restaurants of Bormio one can enjoy truly satisfying culinary experiences, with all the local dishes that cannot be missed during a weekend in Valtellina. The typical menu for a lunch in Bormio to fully sample authentic Bormio cuisine includes: an appetiser of sciatt and Valtellina bresaola, a plate of Valtellina pizzoccheri cooked according to tradition, a second course of polenta and stew, and finally a delicious sorbet with Braulio, the typical Bormio bitter.
Sleddog excursion by sled /kart with the huskies
The only thing missing to round off a romantic weekend in Bormio is the icing on the cake: an unforgettable mountain experience for couples in direct contact with the wilderness of the Alps. To experience it, we need only move a few kilometres from Bormio, on the road to Livigno, to Arnoga in Valdidentro: here we find the Husky Village, the Valtellina sleddog centre that is home to over 60 Alaskan Husky and Siberian Husky sled dogs. Trying out a sleddog excursion is one of the most exciting activities to do in Valtellina in any season of the year: driving a sled/kart pulled by a team of huskies along a 5-kilometre snowy or dirty road through the valley’s unspoilt woods, using voice commands to give the dogs their orders and, at the end of the route, getting to know the animals by discovering their playful and affectionate nature. For two people in love it will be difficult to forget the emotions of this experience, but to make sure you don’t miss any details there is also – included in the service – the personal photo shooting that is delivered on arrival.