Declared a Natural Reserve in 2009 and today the largest one in the Lombardy Region, Val di Mello lies 130 kms (80 mi) north of Milan, on the border with Switzerland. Val di Mello gets its namesake (Italian Little Yosemite) for features resembling some of the majestic formations found in California’s Yosemite Valley: imposing walls and domes of polished granite rock modelled by glaciation, streams, pools and waterfalls of crystal-clear icy water. A scenic background for the valley’s lush mountain meadows of exceptional natural beauty!
Val di Mello has been attracting climbers and bouldering practitioners from all over Europe and continues to be a “mecca” for adventure lovers. Also a magical place for hikers and families looking for both fun and time to relax. From the nearest village (easily accessible by car) is an easy hike along the river up to the most spectacular pools where one can spend the day swimming or relaxing by the water. Here you can find a variety of mountain huts serving delicious traditional food.
For hikers who want a little more challenge and even more spectacular views, the ascent to the higher meadows is highly recommended. A good option to consider for a more immersive experience of this amazing valley. Not giving up an opportunity for a dip in the water or tasting some delicious local food on the way down!