Parco Archeologico Botanico del Paradiso e Museo Archeologico della Valchiavenna

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Parco Archeologico Botanico del Paradiso e Museo Archeologico della Valchiavenna

Parco Archeologico Botanico del Paradiso e Museo Archeologico della Valchiavenna
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There are many attractions justifing a visit to the "Paradiso" botanical-archaeological park. On the two craggy hills, linked by easy paths, you will flnd:• distinctive environmental features, the unusual geo-morphology of the over-hanging rock that has been excavated by glacial exaration;• botanical variety: flowers and plants, including rare species and exotic vegetation;• various archaeological and historical remains - the ruins of the wall and fortress (already documented in 995). There is also the Caùrga (an ollare stone quarry from Roman times that was later re-established for defensive purposes and shows clear evidence of ancient excavations), artistic and architectural articles made from ollare stone, and floors in "botòn" (discarded pieces of the same stone).• at Torrione the naturalist section of the Valchiavenna museum, with exhibitions of minerals and fauna, illustrating the natural environment of the valley. Besides all this, interesting landscapes appear from the paths, presenting different views of the town below (with its historical centre, the San Lorenzo complex, and the natural rock-cellars of the Pratogiano area) and of the surrounding villages and valleys.
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1-2 hours
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DeedeeEssex
Essex4 contributions
Amazing Views
Aug 2018 • Family
Vey adventurous walk to the bridge. It was very interesting hiking through the ruins. Although it was a hot day and we had to walk up numerous steps. The views at the top were breathtaking.
Written August 15, 2018
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Ra The Gawd
Letchworth, UK280 contributions
Great Garden, Great Views
Sep 2015 • Couples
Nice garden with an entrance of only 3 Euros.

Brings a nice bit history to the small town.

Would recommend for couples.
Written November 14, 2015
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Somerferg
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Beautiful Gardens
Jun 2014 • Business
We found this attraction by accident and what a wonderful surprise. The admission price of 3 euros is the best value in Chiavenna. It is a cross between an open air museum full of interesting statues, fireplaces, millstones and other pieces of Italian history all set within a beautiful garden. It is steep so be warned if you are not up to a challenging walk. However, if you are, you will be rewarded at the top of the hill with the most gorgeous view down the Valchiavenna with the town laid out before you. Bring a picnic. A must visit attraction!
Written June 18, 2014
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David C
Edgewater, MD92 contributions
Outstanding Scenery
Sep 2013 • Couples
This is an odd sort of attraction, not a lot of particulars to describe but a very pleasant way to spend an hour. It is located on a crag at the southwest corner of Chiavenna. The crag is split into two parts by a huge cut that was formed when the area was mined by the Romans for "pot stone." This is a particular kind of stone that is very stable in extreme heat, and thus very useful for making cooking pots.

There is a path that winds up to the top of the taller part of the crag (lots and lots of steps). It is topped with some ruins from the middle ages. From there you see truly remarkable views of the surrounding valley and alps. Along the pathe, there are many interesting trees and plants, and many are clearly labeled with botanical names plus some description (in Italian). You then head down, cross a bridge over the cut, and come to another excellent viewpoint and some more ruins. You pass through a small cemetery, and then head out of the garden.

Not much to describe, but we really enjoyed our visit.
Written September 14, 2013
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  • Tue - Sun 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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