Environment and history
We are located at the entrance of the Valley of Fraele, a place plenty of nature, history and culture.
The Ristoro Monte Scale was born thanks to the restoration of one of the shacks used to host the workers employed to construct the dams.
Nowadays the valley is entirely included in the Stelvio National Park, of which, it is a real pride together with many other areas not less important from a naturalistic point of view.
Green is the main colour of the valley, thanks to the mugo pine woods and to the larches woods of the higher areas.
Water is the dominant element of the valley: thanks to the dams of Cancano and S.Giacomo, respectively the first and the second you see by the large parking yard.
In this stunning scenery you can enjoy marvellous excursions on foot or by bike, discovering beautiful landscapes and searching the wild animals that inhabit the mountains.
Leaving from Bormio and Valdidentro people used to reach the transalpine settlements, getting through the two towers and along the Fraele’s valley. It was the longest way to Venosta, later named Imperiale d’Alemagna.
French and Spanish medieval armies fought fierce battles in the valley of Fraele.
The iron was extracted from the mines of the near val Bruna and the Piani di Pedenolo’s area; then it was carried down to the Fraele‘s valley for the first processing.
And more histories of migrants, smugglers, Alpini, poachers till arriving to the recent construction of the dams.
The former company called Azienda Energetica Milanese (now A2A) built the two dams in the first half of the previous century and nowadays, they produce the energy to light the city of Milan.
Here the water of the lakes “lights up” the valley giving to those places a unique and unusual aspect. The lakes water reflexes are in certain moments of the day or in determinated light conditions at least enchanting and nearly magic.