Darfo Boario Terme, a town for all seasons

darfo_1Boario Terme's unique position distinguishes it from other Alpine towns. Boario Terme sits just 50 mins from Milan Bergamo airport. The Alps soar up either side of Boario Terme with the Montecampione ski station just 30 mins away. Boario Terme is also just 10 mins from the beautiful great lake Iseo and sitting above Boario Terme is the tiny lake Moro. And at the centre of the village is the Spa Park with 4 distinct and unique fresh water springs. Today the large Spa Park (Parco delle Terme di Boario), is undergoing major change as the Boario Terme spa area is being rennovated and new services added.

Around Boario Terme lie hundreds of cultural, historical, activity and culinerary experiences. Boario Terme's climate is cool in winter and warm in summer with the heavier rains usually only during the months of April and November. darfo_2The famous 19th centuary writer Alessandro Manzoni, visited the small Alpine village of Boario Terme in search for a cure. Boario Terme, already famous for it's pure curative spring water, gained even greater fame. Boario Terme itself is rumoured to be named after the Celtic word oror (bor o bro) meaning “spring water”. Its long association with water also recalls in 1471 the flooding and destruction of the Historic Montecchio bridge along with parts of the town.

Stone age man also roamed the Boario Terme area and the Valley has numerous ancient rock carvings, now part of a UNESCO world heritage park. Some 14,000 years ago Boario Terme was covered by a giant glacier, the remains of which still exist in the high Valley.The Romans have also left their mark having occupied Boario Terme in 16 bc under Proconsul Publius Silius. The remains of an old Roman amphitheatre have been preserved in Cividate and can be visited today. Stone age man also roamed the Boario Terme area and the Valley has numerous ancient rock carvings, now part of a UNESCO world heritage park. Some 14,000 years ago Boario Terme was covered by a giant glacier, the remains of which still exist in the high Valley.The Romans have also left their mark having occupied Boario Terme in 16 bc under Proconsul Publius Silius. The remains of an old Roman amphitheatre have been preserved in Cividate and can be visited today.

darfo_3Redbeard and Napolean also marched on her lands and Boario Terme has seen many rulers including French, Austrian and German over her long history. Many local wars were fought here, like the bloody battles between Bergamo and Brescia whose rivalry still exists today especially on the soccer pitch. In the 15 century, Venice ruled over Boario Terme and to pacify the population, destroyed a number of important castles.In 1510 Bishop Paolo Zane came to the valley and was responsible for sending many people to the stake for witch craft. In the end Venice sent two other bishops to investigate, not the “witches” but Bishop Zane himself. Boario Terme escaped occupation during the first world war but the area held important antiaircraft battlements (still visible today) and was an important passing through point to the front line just 60 Km’s away. Water again played a part when in 1923 the enormous Gleno dam collapsed flooding large areas of Boario. A visit from King Vittorio Emanuele 3rd and numerous restoration works eventually breathed new life into the town Redbeard and Napolean also marched on darfo_4her lands and Boario Terme has seen many rulers including French, Austrian and German over her long history. Many local wars were fought here, like the bloody battles between Bergamo and Brescia whose rivalry still exists today especially on the soccer pitch. In the 15 century, Venice ruled over Boario Terme and to pacify the population, destroyed a number of important castles.In 1510 Bishop Paolo Zane came to the valley and was responsible for sending many people to the stake for witch craft. In the end Venice sent two other bishops to investigate, not the “witches” but Bishop Zane himself. Boario Terme escaped occupation during the first world war but the area held important antiaircraft battlements (still visible today) and was an important passing through point to the front line just 60 Km’s away. Water again played a part when in 1923 the enormous Gleno dam collapsed flooding large areas of Boario. A visit from King Vittorio Emanuele 3rd and numerous restoration works eventually breathed new life into the town.

 

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