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The historic centre of Bormio: photo description (Centro storico di Bormio)

Bormio's historic centre with its ancient palaces, towers, churches, chapels, cobbled streets, squares and fountains, serves as a living reminder of the glorious past of the city, the former an important trading point between Milan and the Northern Alpine areas. Bormio is a popular ski resort, and its carefully restored historic center, partially turned into a pedestrian zone.

Most of the buildings dates from the 15-16-th centuries - the heyday of Bormio when he built the impressive churches and palaces-the Palazzo was frescoed and decorated with elegant stone portals. At the same time a noble merchant family erected the first high towers as a demonstration of his power.

Today, tourists can take in the atmosphere of the past, explore the historic center of Bormio. It is best to begin your journey on the via Roma. At the beginning of this elegant streets, framed by the palaces stands the beautiful Romanesque Church of San Vitale, with a wooden altar by way of the 14th century. A little further is visible to the Torre degli Alberti is one of the most prominent of the city towers.

Via Roma leads to Piazza Cavour, better known as Piazza del Querci, she was always the center of social life of Bormio. The square is dominated by the Collegiate Church of Santi Gervasio e Protasio, founded in the 9th century, but completely rebuilt after a fire in the early 17th century. Inside the Church contains several works of art, wooden sculptures of 16th-17th centuries, on the 17th century and choirs. And in the center of the square stands KVIrc - medieval building with a portico, which once held public hearings, and administer justice. Beyond it is Torre delle ore - the Clock Tower. Today, the entire Piazza Cavour is dotted with shops, bars and restaurants. To the right of the Collegiate Church starts via Morcelli that leads to the old customs house.

Antique Combo bridge laid across the river, Rodolfo, a tributary of the river Adda, leads to the ancient district of Combo, which is worth to visit the Church of Santissimo Crocifisso, restored in the 19th century and has preserved frescoes of the 16th-17th centuries, and the Church of Sassello, with frescoes of the 15th century.

In the upper part of Bormio, in which you can get on the street via della Vittoria, is the Palazzo De Simoni of the 17th century with a medieval tower. In this building, which now houses the city hall and the library also has an interesting Museum, which houses about 3 thousand historical exhibits. The collection of the Museum occupy two floors and is divided into two sections - section of art and history and a section of Ethnography. Among the exhibits you can see works of art from local palaces and churches, for example, fragment of a fresco of the 11th century depicting Saint Cecilia, the huge altarpiece of the 17th century out of gilded wood and a few paintings of the 19th century works by Francesco Hausa. Also includes sculpture, engraving, furniture, memorabilia of the First World war and the collection of historical carriages and sleighs.