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Vacationing in Italy ~ Wine Trip ~ Scenic Hillside Vineyards of Valtellina

Updated on November 16, 2016

Triacca - LaGatta Estate in Valtellina

Just look at those terraced hillside vineyards!
Just look at those terraced hillside vineyards! | Source

Valtellina region of Italy

Natural scenery abounds in this northern region of Italy known as the Valtellina.

Consisting of a wide valley with the river Adda running through it and hilly to mountainous terrain of the Alps with Switzerland on its northern border, people have made a living for centuries in Valtellina with tending vineyards in this part of the world and growing grapes has been an important part of the economic life of its inhabitants.

My hubby was fortunate enough to have been able to experience seeing this spectacular area on a wine trip several years ago. The pictures shown in this post will be ones that he had taken while there.

Beautiful scenery in Valtellina! (Accompanied by music)

Hillside Vineyards

This broad valley is filled with small settlements of people who have labored over the centuries to create these rock lined hillside terraces for the growing of the grapes as well as other life sustaining crops such as maize, apple trees and other crops.

It was difficult work and most all of it was done by hand and by the sweat of their brow.

All of these hillside vineyards are located on the south side of the valley where the sun bears down upon the rocks, heating them up and providing the right combination of environmental ingredients to successfully grow the vines. The plentiful sunshine makes up for the low average annual temperatures which are typically found at these elevations.

Most often the best wines come from stressed vines, and the grapes growing in this rocky and arid environment of the Valtellina have become well known for their flavor profiles.

Interestingly, even though this more northern location of Italy right up near the Swiss Alps gets snow and offers mountain skiing as a winter pastime, plants like cactus thrive on the valley floor due to its east and west exposure. It is a rarefied climate with an interesting ecosystem.

Views from the Hotel Campelli

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Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel.Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel.Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel.View of the valley across the street from the hotel.Hotel Campelli
Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel.
Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel. | Source
Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel.
Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel. | Source
Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel.
Views from balcony in the rear of the hotel. | Source
View of the valley across the street from the hotel.
View of the valley across the street from the hotel. | Source
Hotel Campelli
Hotel Campelli | Source

Walking the narrow winding streets towards the Marsetti Winery.

Walking the narrow winding streets towards the Marsetti Winery.
Walking the narrow winding streets towards the Marsetti Winery. | Source

Hotel Campelli


The photos above show the Hotel Campelli where for the duration of the vineyard tours in the Valtellina region my husband along with the two people from Russia, two from India, two from Korea, one from Sweden, one from Argentina as well as the driver, tour guide and interpreter stayed. My hubby was the only one from the United States on this portion of the wine trip which started out at a "MiWine" trade fair in Milan, Italy.


It looks as though it would be a great place to stay for awhile during a vacation in Valtellina. The lush plants and views from the hotel are beautiful.

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I'll now show some of the photos my husband took as his group was introduced to some of the wineries in the Valtellina area of Italy.

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In the photo to the right, the tour bus could not get closer than four blocks away from the Marsetti winery because of the narrow winding streets. The winery consisted of two rooms and produces only 4,000 bottles per year (as of the year 2006 when my husband was there sampling the wines).

Location of the Valtellina in Italy

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Valtellina, 23020 Montagna in Valtellina Sondrio, Italy
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Entrance to AR.PE.PE. Winery

Entrance to AR.PE.PE. Winery
Entrance to AR.PE.PE. Winery | Source

AR.PE.PE. Winery

The AR.PE.PE. Winery is located under hillside vineyards.

Part of the mountain actually intrudes into the winery and construction was simply done around the massive rock.

Large stainless steel tanks and chestnut wood barrels house the wines until readied to be bottled and sold.

Some terrific scenery in this video!

Photos from the Triacca - LaGatta Estate in Valtellina

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Approaching the wineryLush foliage and great viewsRocky hillsidesIn the vineyards...Another view of the vineyardsTouring the cellarTasting roomBuilt 500 years ago, formerly a Dominican convent & place of pilgrimage.
Approaching the winery
Approaching the winery | Source
Lush foliage and great views
Lush foliage and great views | Source
Rocky hillsides
Rocky hillsides | Source
In the vineyards...
In the vineyards... | Source
Another view of the vineyards
Another view of the vineyards | Source
Touring the cellar
Touring the cellar | Source
Tasting room
Tasting room | Source
Built 500 years ago, formerly a Dominican convent & place of pilgrimage.
Built 500 years ago, formerly a Dominican convent & place of pilgrimage. | Source

Triacca - LaGatta Estate


Those hillside vineyards viewed at the Triacca - LaGatta Estate are amazing! It was originally built 500 years ago and was formerly a Dominican convent and a place of pilgrimage. It later became the De Gatti family summer residence...thus the name ...and since then once again has changed hands and is now the home of the Mascioni family.

Now wine connoisseurs flock to this location where they can taste the fruit of the vines tenderly cared for and turned into a luscious liquid that would please Bacchus, the mythical Roman god of wine.

What a treat to be able to see something this grand in person!

Nino Negri Winery

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Nino Negri Winery - Winery entrance and courtyardPremium wines at rest in French Oak barriques.Large barrels of Slovenian OakStainless steel fermentersAh...the tasting room!
Nino Negri Winery - Winery entrance and courtyard
Nino Negri Winery - Winery entrance and courtyard | Source
Premium wines at rest in French Oak barriques.
Premium wines at rest in French Oak barriques. | Source
Large barrels of Slovenian Oak
Large barrels of Slovenian Oak | Source
Stainless steel fermenters
Stainless steel fermenters | Source
Ah...the tasting room!
Ah...the tasting room! | Source

Winery tours


From the smallest winery, the two room one at Marsetti located beneath a house, my husband's group would end one day of winery touring at the largest which was Nino Negri. It is owned by a large corporation which produces several million bottles a year.

Located in a beautiful fifteenth century building they were introduced to more of the acclaimed Valtellina wines many of which come from the Nebbiolo grape which is the predominant grape variety planted in that locale.



Pizzoccheri - Italian recipe

Balera Winery in Valtellina

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The caves were dug in the 16th century.Family ownership at the time of my husband's visit was at five generations.  The grandmother proudly showed their large Slovenian Oak barrels in this photo.The date 1743 on the ceiling in the tasting room does not represent the year it was completed, but the year it was remodeled.  Carvings on the ceiling represent the Four Seasons.
The caves were dug in the 16th century.
The caves were dug in the 16th century. | Source
Family ownership at the time of my husband's visit was at five generations.  The grandmother proudly showed their large Slovenian Oak barrels in this photo.
Family ownership at the time of my husband's visit was at five generations. The grandmother proudly showed their large Slovenian Oak barrels in this photo. | Source
The date 1743 on the ceiling in the tasting room does not represent the year it was completed, but the year it was remodeled.  Carvings on the ceiling represent the Four Seasons.
The date 1743 on the ceiling in the tasting room does not represent the year it was completed, but the year it was remodeled. Carvings on the ceiling represent the Four Seasons. | Source

Signature foods from the Valtellina


Naturally the guests on this wine trip were also being treated to the local foods from the Valtellina.

The signature dish of Valtellina is called Pizzoccheri and is a combination of buckwheat and regular flour noodles cut into a tagliatelle (ribbon shape) that is cooked and layered with a combination of Valtellina Casera cheese as well as Parmesan cheese, potatoes, Savoy cabbage or chard, garlic and butter. Sage can also be used for flavoring.

Another cheese from this region is called Bitto. There are plenty of pastures with grazing cows and sheep in the Valtellina supplying the residents with what they need to make these local products.

Other gustatory delights included the marvelous air dried and aged salted beef called bresaola that is served paper thin. After being introduced to it and coming back home to Houston, we have fortunately been able to purchase some of it here so that I could at least sample that flavor from Italy's Valtellina.

This by no means describes all of the local foods from this area...a mere sampling. Suffice it to say, they were wined and dined on this trip!

The photos in this post showing different wineries are just a small sampling of what can be found in the Valtellina area. These next photos show the area around Bettini Winery.

Area around Bettini Winery in Valtellina

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Photo of my hubby from Bettini winery.  Look at that fabulous Valtellina landscape!Views from Bettini wineryBettini winery vineyards
Photo of my hubby from Bettini winery.  Look at that fabulous Valtellina landscape!
Photo of my hubby from Bettini winery. Look at that fabulous Valtellina landscape! | Source
Views from Bettini winery
Views from Bettini winery | Source
Bettini winery vineyards
Bettini winery vineyards | Source

Winecode Vini Valtellina

Although there is some Italian being spoken in this next video, much of it is scenery with music. What can be seen includes some of the following...

  • Helicopters transferring picked grapes from the vineyard hillsides to where they will be crushed and turned into wine.
  • The spectacular Valtellina terrain as viewed from above
  • People soaking in the hot springs located in the Valtellina
  • Visitors enjoying sampling of the wines and more...

View during a farewell lunch in Valtellina

View during a farewell lunch in Valtellina
View during a farewell lunch in Valtellina | Source

Stelvio National Park - Italy

Valtellina Orobie (some fantastic skiing footage in this video!)

Vacationing in Valtellina


While I have shown some of the photos that my husband took while on his wine trip, what else might draw people to this Valtellina area of Italy if wine is of no interest?

Plenty!

Located just 86 miles (139 km) from Milan in the heart of the alps this mountainous terrain offers stunning vistas with a wide variety of flora and fauna.


These mountain hamlets with churches, palaces, towers and bell towers as well as other buildings going back many centuries contain treasures for those people interested in exploring. Age old frescoes on walls, rock carvings from the Bronze Age, a fort going back to the first World War...even a place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared can be visited for those willing to traverse roads with hairpin curves, or do some hiking and biking along paths some of which follow historic mule tracks.

Many lifts as well as cable cars transfer skiers to the tops of the numerous ski runs. Snowboarders can also have fun on these snow capped mountains in the winter.

How about some hang gliding?

Personally I think that I would stick to some hiking and perhaps soaking in some of the heated spa waters after a days excursion and sipping on some of the special Valtellina wines after dining on some locally produced food.

Part of the Valtellina is protected by the Stelvio National Park and the Valtellina Orobie Regional Park as well as some National Monuments.

For certain I would be kept busy snapping one photograph after another just judging from the photos that my husband brought home! The scenery is spectacular! How about you? Does this look like someplace you would also enjoy visiting?


Stelvio National Park

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Stelvio National Park, Via Zona Industriale, 15, 39023 Laas Province of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      It really does look beautiful. My hubby had a very busy but wonderful time on that trip.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This looks like a wonderful place to visit!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tolovaj,

      Your recommendation is duly noted! I would love to visit those countries someday!

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      Tolovaj 2 years ago

      Living in the neighboring country I can confirm Italy has A LOT to offer and the coast is only the top of the iceberg. It is almost so beautiful as Slovenia (which is still kind of secret among tourists), but much bigger :)

      Apart from culinary treats, you have a lot of historical monuments (Greece and Rome are cornerstones of Western civilization), a lot of really nice people, ...

      I kindly recommend it!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Barbara,

      It does look like a spectacular part of Italy. My husband certainly enjoyed getting to see it. :)

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      The photos are beautiful. I love it.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      In this case it is my hubby who has gotten to see the beautiful Valtellina area of Italy. I have not traveled to Italy yet...hopefully someday! Glad that you liked learning about it, as I also did. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      You've been to so many beautiful places! Lovely photos and tidbits about Italy! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      Thank you so much for the compliments! This would surely be a beautiful part of Italy to visit. Thanks for not only your comment but your 5 star rating, vote and the share.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Peggy I must say that in all your travel hubs you bring out things which no other blogger does. I would too one day love to visit Italy and your pictures are marvelous as no one usually show this side of country. Very beautiful pictures. Voted up, 5 stars, awesome and sharing on hubpages.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathryn,

      Italy is definitely on my bucket list and yes, I hope to get to visit it someday. Hope that you get there also! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Those hillsides of the Valtellina region of Italy certainly do look inviting. So glad that you enjoyed this hub and thanks for your votes, share & pin and thanks for your comment.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Italy has always been one of the places at the top of my "want to visit" list. These are beautiful photos, and informative tour of the area. Thank you! And I hope you get to go on a trip there sometime, after seeing so many of the photos your husband took on his trip.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Wow! The landscape of Valtellina Vineyards is just spectacular and the first picture is of the terraced hillside is awesome with the amazing entrance to the AR.PE.PE. Winery.

      An excellent write up with some awesome pictures of natural exquisite beauty. Certainly the beauty of the place itself seems beckoning to me.

      Voted up and across, rated 5 stars, shared and pinned.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Crystal,

      The pace that he keeps on these wine related trips would be a killer for me. I would rather go to Italy sometime on vacation and enjoy these sites in a more leisurely manner. At least I am getting a preview of the various areas from his photos and descriptions of where he has been thus far. Italy is definitely on my bucket list! Thanks for your comment.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Please don't let your husband go back without you! It looks absolutley breathtaking. I'm ready to go right now!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      The Valtellina does look like a totally amazing place! Hope you can someday soon cross it off of your bucket list. That would be nice. Thanks for your comment...and safe travels. :))

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      How in the world did I miss this hub?? The food sounds fabulous and of course, the scenery and wineries would be unforgettable. Valtellina is definitely on our bucket list. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vox vocis,

      Ahh...I hope to get to see Italy in person someday as has my husband. His trips were on business, but the scenery cannot be overlooked when there. It is so beautiful! Glad that you liked this hub about the Valtellina. Appreciate your comment and vote up.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      I absolutely understand why you answered that question the way you did. I must join the club. In my opinion, Italy is the most beautiful country in the whole world. I enjoyed this hub and the photo gallery very much. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nora411,

      You and me both! I would also love to travel to Italy someday. Nice that my husband has gotten to go there and I vicariously enjoyed the trip through his photos and descriptions. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Wow I have always thought of Italy to be a beautiful place, but your photos have truly inspired me to want to take a trip there! Your photos are amazing! Voting up and beautiful!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi missolive,

      Hopefully you can accompany your husband to Italy the next time he goes, and hopefully I can do the same with my husband. The northern part of Italy in the Valtellina area looks so gorgeous. Glad to know that you enjoyed reading about it. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Peggy, WOW! This hub is rich with beautiful information. My parents and husband have traveled to Italy and I do hope to make the trip myself one day. You have certainly inspired me to do so. You never cease to impress with the wealth of diverse info that you provide. Excellent lay out and so easy to read. Voted up and across!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Yes...just over the mountains is Switzerland when you are in the Valtellina area of Italy. Surely looks gorgeous! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is practically Switzerland, isn't it. I didn't realize they grew wine that far north and up. The lunch view is spectacular except for that tower. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Darlene,

      Wouldn't it be nice if we could be making our plans right now for a mid-May trip to Valtellina, Italy? I can pack my bags quickly...how about you? (Smile) Thanks for your comment.

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      Darlene 5 years ago

      Breath taking! Would LOVE to visit.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      It would be lovely to be able to linger in the Valtellina area of Italy for a while and then hop on over into Switzerland. Such gorgeous scenery! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello lilMissScrittore,

      You and me both! I would love to spend weeks in Italy soaking up the atmosphere, culture, architecture, eating the foods and drinking the wines, etc. Thanks for commenting on this area of Italy called the Valtellina. Hope that both of our dreams come true someday.

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      judio 5 years ago

      A trip to anywhere in Italy would be wonderful, but this

      think I'd ever leave!

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      lilMissScrittore 5 years ago

      Peggy, what a beautiful hub about Italy! It is on my list of must-sees! I want to spend weeks there just soaking up the art, architecture, food, language, and people. Your hub has only continued to inspire my dream to get there one day and really seek out all it has to offer.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Kalmiya,

      So nice to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the Valtellina area of Italy. Thanks for your comment.

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      Kalmiya 5 years ago from North America

      What an amazing hub! Thank you for all your great photos and videos; very inspirational. I've enjoyed your hub and learned about making a great hub. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shalycriston,

      Glad that you enjoyed this information about Valtellina in Italy. Thanks for your comment.

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      Shaly Criston 5 years ago from USA

      Very interesting Hub, Voted up

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing the landscapes from the Valtellina area in Italy. Thanks for your comment and the share. :)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      A beautiful and truly comprehensive travel hub. Loved some of the photos, it has been a long time since I have traveled landscaped like that!

      Thanks for SHARING, up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      So glad that you enjoyed this hub about Bruce's trip to the Valtellina area of Italy. You have had polenta at our house. As to Valtellina wines...hopefully they will soon be represented here and available. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      What an amazing vacation and photos. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful mountains and vineyards. You have shared great photos and videos of Valtellina. I would love to sample the Polenta and the different wines in Valtellina. Your hub is very detailed and interesting. Another great vacation spot. Beautiful and informative hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Ivona,

      We can thank my husband for getting these pictures while he was enjoying the Valtellina area of Italy. Nice that you have gotten to see Venice and Florence. I hope to get to Italy someday! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tom (explorations),

      Thanks for your comment. Hope that you get to enjoy Valtellina on another trip to Italy. It surely is gorgeous!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sandra,

      From what I am learning about Italy, I would love it also. Hope that you get to visit the Valtellina area someday and thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      Your photos are stunning, and I also love Italy (although I've only been to Venice and Florence)

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      explorations 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Looks like a wonderful trip Peggy! I've been to Venice and Rome...this looks like the place to be during our 3rd trip to Italy. Thank you for a great Hub and being so thorough. When I grow up, I want to creat some Hubs like yours. Tom

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      That must have been quite a trip that you took all across Italy! How I would love to do that someday! I can dream. Thanks for your comment and votes, etc. on this hub about the Valtellina area of northern Italy. Appreciate it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Denise,

      It sounds as though that trip with your daughter was fantastic...getting to see all of those places of interest in Italy, France and Switzerland. Thanks for your comment and heading on over to your poem now.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Oooooh! I love Italy, but have never visited this part. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Another gorgeous travel hub Peggy! This mountainous part of Italy is truly breathtaking, and you have showed us just that by your amazing pictures. I would have loved to watch the video. However, it's blocked to viewers in my part of the world.

      Many years ago I drove from northern Italy all the way to the southern part, to take the boat over to Greece. Italy is very beautiful, but I found the northern part to be exceptional beautiful. Voted up, pressed a lot of buttons and shared.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Peggy-my daughter Cara (cardelean) and I traveled through France (see my poem: Giverny), Switzerland and into Italy. We went to Venice, Rome and Florence, but my mother's relatives live in a tiny village in Northern Italy which I have yet to visit. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches12345,

      Hope that you and your friends from Barcelona (another great place!) get to enjoy a trip to the Valtellina area of Italy someday. I know that with your love of good food, wine and scenery, you will enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This vacation spot has everything you would want, great food, wine and views. Lovely hub coverage of such a beautiful place. We have friends in Barcelona and I am sure that this could be a possible trip some time for us. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      It would be easy to visit the Valtellina part of Italy and combine it with a trip to Switzerland since they share a mountainous border with one another. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Denise,

      I would definitely like to get to visit Italy sometime and take some of my own photos. Which part of Italy did you visit? Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll have to second Italy as the country I'd like to visit again, especially now that you've explained the beautiful Valtellina region. Never new about this place. Probably best to combine this with a trip to Switzerland. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      I was not on this trip with my husband but would certainly like to see the Valtellina region of Italy someday in person. I was working with his photos and what he told me about the trip. Beautiful place and so interesting! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I really enjoy your travel hubs, Peggy, and this one is no exception. I was in Italy once and would love to go back. Rated up, UABI. The photos are superb, but I know from visiting, that they still do not do the countryside justice. You must go and visit! Well done.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      I am sure that Bruce would be happy to spend much more time in Italy and be your tour guide. He loves what he has seen of it and this Valtellina area is spectacular from his reports of it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      My husband has been to the Valtellina area of Italy but I was not with him on that business wine trip. Hope to be able to see it someday in person. Thanks for your comment.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub about trip Valtellina. I have the same passion with you. Italy is one of the top country on my travel list. I really enjoy your tour in Valtellina and Valtellina totally has many beautiful place to visit. I believe that you can't forget this vacation with your husband. Peggy, You always have something good to share. Especially for beautiful places. I love all pictures and the video as well. I had never disappointed to give my vote and press all buttons here, except funny. Take care and enjoy your day. Cheers...

      Love and peace,

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      Great hub! Another place I need to go. Any chance Bruce could be my tour guide?

      Gene

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You lucky gal! To have gone here and toured this beautiful place. It was a learning experience, too. This place is on my bucket list for sure. I voted this UP, etc.etc. Beautiful photos.