Not only sport! Our town invites you to relaxing walks in the pretty old town centre.

Even without a guidebook in hand, it will be easy to arrive in the heart of the village and find yourself in front of the big tower with the clock and, at its foot, the Kuerc.

We would therefore like to provide you with some facts about these two structures, authentic symbols of our Bormio.

The Bajona or Tower of the Hours

The name Bajona refers to thehuge bell which was once located inside the tower.

In ancient times the sound of the campaign stood for the meetings of the Major Council that governed the contado, so the people who heard the ringing of the bells were called upon to participate in these meetings for the administration of the country.

Given their large size, the chimes of the countryside were also clearly felt in the surrounding valleys.

The chimes also sounded other opportunities in life of the Contado such as the popular festivalsthe approach of the enemy or the outbreak of a fire.

La legend narrates that such a bell was made resonate for hours to warn the population of the approaching Visconti troops, but due to the great fury with which it was played, it fell from the tower, shattering.

The tower, unfortunately, really suffered destructions in the course of time.

It was destroyed in 1376 during the invasion of the Visconti troops led by Giovanni Cane, who also destroyed the Castle of San Pietro above it.

Le bells currently present are derived from the casting of that one enormous bell of yesteryear.

In the 13th century the Tower belonged to the Alberti family, nobles of Bormio, and was part of the so-called 'quadrilateral of the Alberti', a kind of fortified area owned by the ancient noble family.

Over the course of time, its original structure underwent changes: it was raised in the 15th century while, towards the end of the 15th century, four battlements were added at the corners to support the wooden dome above it.

Further work was carried out following the severe damage caused by the looting of 1620.

In 1855, the tower was severely damaged by a fire which led to a further reduction in the size of the bell.

On its façade, now completely renovated, you can admire a sundial and a fresco depicting the ancient coat of arms of the municipality of Bormio.

The Kuerc

The Kuerc (from the Bormio dialect 'lid'), together with the Torre della Bajona above it, is the other symbol of Bormio.

Dating back to the 14th century, at the height of Bormina's autonomy, it was the place where the meetings (summoned by the sound of the bell of the Bajona Tower) and justice was administered.

On his columns were in fact posted the decrees and the judgments.

To its left, it is still possible to see the polygonal-shaped plinth of the saloon a present time and to which the convicted.

From a point of view architectural takes the form of an amphitheatre-like canopy with a trapezoidal plan, inside which are round benches, five pillars support the roof, while the back wall is semicircular in shape.

Worthy of note are the ancient dragon-shaped gargoyles protruding from the eaves.

The Kuerc was completely destroyed in 1855 by a fire that caused the original Swiss pine beams to be lost.

On the back you can see an inscription testifying to the ancient past: 'Libertate quam maiores peperere studeat servare posteritas", or "Let posterity strive to preserve the freedom that the ancients won".

Both the Kuerc and the Torre della Bajona are located in Piazza Cavour in the historic centre of Bormio.

Enjoy your walk!

Dario