Valmalenco has become famous the last decades because of its winter sports, but its tourism started at the end of the 19th century thanks to Alpinism practice. Its majestic and famous peaks, such as Bernina, Palù, Pizzo Scalino and Disgrazia have been attracting and are still attracting a lot of climbers all over the world. Here on the Engadina border, wide spaces and complete silence reign. This environment, characterized by glacial cirques and stony grounds, where the primitive and pure nature reigns over everything, is rich in short but extraordinary spring blossoming, numerous different rocks and minerals, rushing waters whose low and dull murmuring follows the walk. Great is the contrast between the dark and vertical serpentine faces and the whiteness of the marbles whose beds go across the whole Valley head.
Beneath, walking gets easier and suitable for everybody and the presence of woods and green spaces offers a great variety of trials. Alpinism and climbing, trekking and hiking are very common here; this area also offers places where you can relax. More and more numerous bikers enjoy the valley line and mountain cycle tracks.
Among all the Valley little towns, Lanzada (983mt) is the largest one and it has been the most populous one, since the late Middle Ages, thanks to its mines and its trades, to handicraft and breeding.
Besides water-power plants and tourism, which have characterized the second half of the 20th century, we still have the original and rural architecture that can be admired in the most antique villages. A lot of religious paintings characterize the main houses, the cottages and the little country chapels. In the middle of the village, you can see the Casa Fornonzini fresco, dated 1783. In Tornadri, the building that used to be, in the past, a customs post and a guardhouse towards Switzerland, still exists. The parish church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist and built between 1659 and 1666, took the place of a church of the 15th century. The temple façade is wide and as solemn as the interior, enriched by Pietro Ligari frescos. You can see there plenty of sacred furniture and the majestic gilded wooden altar dating back to same period as the church; the bell-tower, 48 meters high, was built in the middle of the18th century.