Tourist Office Chiavenna

23022 - Chiavenna (SO) Piazza Caduti della libertà, 3
T 0343 37485
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From monday to saturday: 09:00-12:40 and 14:00-18:50
Sunday and national holiday: 09:00-12:00 and 14:30-18:00


Tourist Office Madesimo

23022 - Madesimo (SO) Via alle Scuole
T 0343 53015

From 07th September to 22nd November

From Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 12.30  and 14.30 - 18.00
Sunday: 9.00 - 12.30
On Wednesday infopoint available by email or phone


Tourist Office Campodolcino

23022 - Campodolcino (SO) Via D.R. Ballerini
T 0343 50611

Opening time from 01st october

Monday - Wedsneday - Sunday  9.00-12.30
Friday 15.00-18.00
Saturday 9.00-12.30 and 15.00-18.00

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The Paiedo loop

An excursion not to be missed in Autumn is undoubtedly the one that leads to the charming village of Paiedo in the territory of Samolaco. Autumn represents the perfect season in which to visit an environment with some exclusive panorama of Valchiavenna under the watchful eye of the southwestern face of Pizzo di Prata. Furthermore for anyone who adopts a “full” bike – that is one with a front fork and a rear piston – and possesses the fearless capacities of the downhill skier, there is the added possibility of a challenging, technical and exhilarating finale.
Heading off from the roundabout along the Provincial 2 Trivulzia road, we move into via Roma towards the cemetery and the Romanesque church of San Andrea (210m) where legend has it the martyrdom of San Fedele initiated.
Continuing uphill along a consortium-type road within magnificent woodland of chestnut and flowering locust, we encounter challenging slopes of around 10%, and after a couple of kilometres we reach a chapel and a sign indicating a further building dedicated to saint Andrea al Mot at an altitude of around 400m.
And now we find ourselves on higher ground dominated by an imposing chestnut tree and land which accommodates the church, its bell tower, the Parish house, the cemetery from 1821 and the ancient ruins of a castle. The church, which originates from around 1300 might appear a little dark and even spartan but visitors have the chance to appreciate some splendid frescoes among which those of Gian Battista Macolino stand out. In 1632 he portrayed the life of the Saint, and an earlier one from the 16th century represents the Madonna with Saints Andrea, Venerio, Pietro, Paolo attributed to the school of Gaudenzio Ferrari.
The building was completely stripped of its assets when the new Parish church at Era was established: flooring, portal, altar, relics and chalices were all transported downstream and reclaimed for the new place of worship.
Following a brief visit we return to our bikes and head through a succession of woodland areas. The climb is regularly challenging and we are surrounded by chestnut and birch all the way to a fountain after around 4.5km where we can refill our water bottles and have a break before the final push!
After a little under 7km from the original roundabout we reach the attractive village of Paiedo (900m): centuries-old stone buildings alternate with more modern structures. Immersed in silence we move through the narrow streets of the village which was once the most populated in the municipality of Samolaco. Barley, rye, buckwheat, beans and potatoes all flourished here in abundance until a major development towards the end of the 19th century saw the inhabitants return to the valley bottom. A pause in the garden of the church dedicated to San Francesco is highly recommended and the bell tower with its three bells is an indication of the importance of a building of this nature at altitude. From Paiedo you have a fantastic opportunity to appreciate Valchiavenna, far below the imposing mass of Pizzo di Prata, all the way from Lake Novate to the majestic peaks to the north including the Galleggione, Cima di Lago and the legendary Pizzo Stella.
Once back astride our two-wheel companion we head back down the consortium road as far as the clearing where the annual fete is organised. Shortly after the first bend we take a dirt road on the left leading to the hamlet of Santa Teresa.
At first the road is gentle and manageable for everyone but it soon becomes increasingly demanding both physically and technically: up to piazza Caprara (800m) in fact the excursion is within everyone’s reach, including beginners, who after reaching the houses of the small nucleus, can simply turn on their heels and go back down.
For the bolder and more experienced it’s possible to sling the bike over your shoulder and head up to Santa Teresa (950m and around 20 mins) from where - after a pause to catch your breath and a visit to the fine church - we can enjoy an exhilarating descent immersed in woodland along a narrow path that leads to the district of Monastero.
We strongly recommend use of a “full” bike and a certain familiarity with descent techniques because the surface is pretty bumpy and there are a number of steep and unprotected sections down to about 430m where the road returns to an asphalt nature and you can head steadily down to San Pietro.

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