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Due to its campsites, restaurants and accessible hiking trails, Val di Mello can be quite crowded during the summer season, especially during weekends. However, thanks to numerous open spaces, people are usually evenly distributed all over the valley 🙂
In any case, in order to avoid the crowd, my suggestion would be to go there during the week or, if not possible, early in the morning. Coming early is also important to get a parking spot.
How to get to Val di Mello
Since Val di Mello was recognized as a nature reserve, access by vehicles to the valley is forbidden. However, you can reach the nearest village, San Martino, in two ways: by car and by public transport.
From San Martino, you can take a shuttle to the entrance of the valley: there is one every 15 minutes. In 2019, the prices were € 2 each way for adults and € 1 for children. In 2020, the shuttle service was unavailable due to the Covid-19, but the entrance to the valley is easily reachable on foot as well (about 20 minutes).
If you travel by car
You can park your car in San Martino. There are two parking areas available in the village:
- A parking area at the beginning of the village: 20 euro/day* on weekends and holidays (summer season price).
- A parking area at the sports field: 7 euro/day* on weekends and holidays (summer season price).
Otherwise, there is a parking area along the road to the entrance of the valley, but the access is allowed to max. 40 vehicles/day. To park there, you will need to purchase a €10* pass at the parking meter located in front of the infopoint in San Martino. On crowded days, you have to come really early in the morning (by 7 a.m. or even earlier) to get a spot there.
*The prices above were valid during the summer season of 2020. For the updated information regarding the summer season, as well as mid and winter seasons, please contact me or write at email@example.com.
important to know:
As mentioned above, it’s better to come earlier to get a parking spot, especially on weekends and holidays. Once all parking areas are full, the road to San Martino will be closed.
If you travel by public transport
1. Reach Morbegno by train: e.g. from Milan it will take you around 1h:40m.
2. At the train station, take a bus to S. Martino: travel time is about 50 minutes. You can check the updated timetable and prices on this website (Italian language only). To get the information you need, insert the following data: