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From Valchiavenna, Milan is roughly 65 miles south, and Zurich is around 80 miles northwest.
Beaches in the Lombardy Alps area include Argegno Beach, 35 miles to the south, and Arolo Beach, 50 miles to the southwest.
To reconnect with the natural world, check out some of the region's natural areas. Sentiero del Viandante is 25 miles away from Valchiavenna, while Staz Lake lies 25 miles away.
To snowboard on powdery trails, head to Sci Club Cunardo or Alpe Lusentino Ski Area.
Mulino di Bottonera Museum and Museo del Tesoro are notable sights in Campodolcino, a locality 2 miles away. An alternative is Spluga Valley. It's about 2 miles out of Valchiavenna, and is home to Moiola Market and MA! Officina Gastronomica.
The regional hub of Piuro, just 3 miles east from Valchiavenna, is where all the action is. It has many tourist attractions worth making the journey for, such as Paridiso Park, Galleria Storica Vigili del Fuoco and Collegiate Church of S. Lorenzo Chiavenna. Museum of Treasure and Pestalozzi Palace are a couple more choices that await you here.
Treat your senses in this region's many cafés, restaurants and bars.
Ossobuco alla milanese (veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine and broth) and cotoletta alla milanese (fried cutlet) are common dishes for both tourists and local diners alike.
Order some crema al mascarpone (cream cheese dessert with rum) after your meal. This scrumptious dessert is sure to go down a treat.
Indulge in a few glasses of the region's finest wines. Oltrepo Pavese and San Columbano al Lambro are definitely worth sampling.
Genuine travel is about so much more than simply being a tourist. It is also about the poetry, songs and stories of a place. Your time here will become richer if you attempt to study some everyday phrases and sayings in Italian. Grazie is Italian for thank you. There's also Scusa! , which means excuse me.
Join in on the party at Republic Day, a national celebration that takes place every year on the 2nd of June.
When it is time to leave Valchiavenna, pack your things, spend your final euros on mementos for the folks at home and say a warm "Arrivederci" to this wonderful part of the world.
For catching your flight back to reality, make your way toward the closest airport. You'll find it 35 miles to the southwest.
Visitors coming to Valchiavenna are advised to secure a hotel in advance, because currently there are only limited Valchiavenna lodgings available.
Visitors looking to book a bed at the luxury end of the scale won't be disappointed, Valchiavenna features some luxury stays, such as the Boscone Suite Hotel, at Via Per Motta 14, and the Hotel Andossi, at Via A. De Giacomi, 45. If you're after something a bit cheaper, the B&B Nonna Costantina, Via Paolo Bossi 45, and the B&B Affittacamere Valchiavenna, Via Roma, 15, may be a better fit.
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montalto Ski Lift, Parish of Saint Peter and Lago Azzurro Ski Lift. Larici Ski Lift is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.
Situated in Madesimo, this hotel is steps away from Larici Ski Lift and Parish of Saint Peter. Lago Azzurro Ski Lift and Montalto Ski Lift are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the mountains, this Madesimo hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 15-minute walk of Montalto Ski Lift, Lago Azzurro Ski Lift and Larici Ski Lift. Parish of Saint Peter is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.
Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Chiavenna is within a 15-minute walk of Mulino di Bottonera Museum and Paridiso Park, and is convenient for winter sports, such as skiing lessons. Museum of Treasure and Collegiate Church of S. Lorenzo Chiavenna are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Madesimo residence is within a 15-minute walk of Parish of Saint Peter, Lago Azzurro Ski Lift and Larici Ski Lift. Montalto Ski Lift is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Pestalozzi Palace, Museum of Treasure and Collegiate Church of S. Lorenzo Chiavenna. Mulino di Bottonera Museum and Paridiso Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Madesimo, this hotel is steps away from Parish of Saint Peter and Larici Ski Lift. Lago Azzurro Ski Lift and Montalto Ski Lift are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Chiavenna, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pestalozzi Palace, Museum of Treasure and Collegiate Church of S. Lorenzo Chiavenna. Mulino di Bottonera Museum and Paridiso Park are also within 15 minutes.