Eco Alpine Observatory

Eco Alpine Observatory

16 July 2016

In Aprica, on an area of more than 20 hectares, you have the chance to admire closely the flora and fauna of Valtellina Orobic Mountains Park, and its fantastic brown bear.

The Eco-faunal Alpine Observatory in Aprica covers more than 20 hectares-well fenced at its borders-  where you can follow a well-equipped educational nature trail allowing visitors to get in touch with nature by observing closely the plants and animals present in the park.

The Eco-faunal Alpine Observatory is a unique structure. Along the educational-naturalistic itinerary you can visit “Faunal Areas” inside which are housed wild specimen difficult to observe in their natural context, together with animals faced with the danger of extinction- such as the Grouse, emblem of the Park.


Since August 2007, the Park is also the home of Orfeo- a tall stout beautiful male brown bear weighing about 200 kg, coming from San Romedio (county of Trento), given to the Observatory by the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park.

Here the funny bear has a house of almost 10,000 sqm, with a small lake, woods and a cave which will be his winter dwelling during the semi-hibernation – a sleep during which the bear is still alert even though his pulse and body temperature decrease sharply.

Visitors can admire him very safely from an elevated observation terrace and from a path unwinding through the border of the eco-faunal area.

The Park is open all year.

For guided tours, visitors must book at the Tourist Office in Aprica.

Admission ticket: Euro 15 adults, Euro 13 for children aged under 11.

The ticket include didactic material and the ski-lift up to the Park entrance.

For further information, please contact:

Ufficio Turistico Aprica

Tel. +39 0342 746113 – 


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