|Starting point:||Splügen village|
|Getting to the starting point:||Car via A13 (Chur–Bellinzona) and bus from Chur and Bellinzona|
|Back from the destination:||Bus from Isola and Splügen Pass to Splügen (few services, in summer only)|
|Difference in elevation:||Ascent 1000 m, descent 1200 m|
|Hiking time:||Splügen–Isola (I):Splügen–Isola (I): 6h 25m / Splügen–Splügen Pass: xxxh|
|Season:||July to October|
|Note: ViaSpluga is signed as "Wanderland Route No. 50". Individual sections of the route can also be walked, from Splügen or the Splügen Pass.|
History is experienced at every turn – as long as 2000 years ago the Via Spluga was the main link between the Grisons and Italy. People, goods and ideas found their way from Thusis over the Splügen Pass to Chiavenna and back. It is thought that in the early 19th century up to 2000 mules hauled goods from Munich to Milan over the adventurous Via Spluga every month.
If you want to follow the Splügen stretch all the way, it is best to leave your back unencumbered - if you so wish, your luggage can be transported to the next stopover on the route.
From Splügen, the route leads up the mountain – following some sections of the historic track – with particularly impressive scenery near the top of the pass. After crossing the pass and with the descent to Monte Spluga Lake behind us, another highlight of the tour awaits: the breathtaking Cardinello Gorge. The wildest part of the trail, it had to be wrested from the rock and leads adventurously down to the picturesque village of Valle San Giacomo, where it ends up at the little hamlet of Isola.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.