Lying between ancient stories,
dwarf mountain pine forestry and water
Nature, history and culture are the fundamental elements
of the Fraele Valley, at the start of which is located the Ristoro.
Lot of green…
It is given most of all by the dwarf mountain pine forestry
and, in the higher areas of the valley, by the larches.
Lot of water…
The big artificial
lakes of Cancano (the first you meet) and of san Giacomo (the second
one) that together dominate the surrounding scenery.
two dams were built by AEM (Energy industry of Milan) in the first
half of last century; nowadays they produce energy for lighting
the city of Milan.
The waters of the lakes here “illuminate”
the valley; they give an impressive and unusual aspect to the area.
In fact, during certain times of the day the reflections of the
waters create a marvellous and magical atmosphere.
Lot of history
has gone through this valley…
During Medieval times French and Spanish armies fought heavy battles,
remembered by historians, causing hundreds or may be thousands of
There was also a flourishing iron industry, that was mined in the
nearby valley of Bruna and in the area of Pedenolo; the first manifacture
was done in the Fraele Valley, to be finished in the big smelting
furnaces located in the small village of Premadio, close to Bormio.
Moreover, it is important to also remember the stories
of emigrants, smugglers and
poachers. All stories of every day people who have made the story
of the Fraele Valley, till arriving to the recent stories of the
ones who built the two big artificial lakes.
The Ristoro is strictly connected to the recent
history; in fact, it is the result of the restructuring of one of
the old sheds built to host the workers who were creating those
Nowadays the valley lies entirely in the National
Park of Stelvio, and together with the other areas valued for their
nature, it represents a real treasure.
||San Giacomo resort, before the building
of the dams. The signalman’s house; the convent and the
Church of San Giacomo.