Located in the Engadine Valley, Pontresina is a charming mountain resort town in south eastern Switzerland,10 minutes from it's better known neighbor St. Moritz. Many of the old village homes dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, are decorated with an incised decoration called "sgraffito" (the Italian term to scratch, and where the term graffiti comes from). Motifs include vines, (pictured left), geometric forms, floral designs and animals, the most
predominant being the "capricorn" (the latin term for Ibex) or Alpine Ibex. These fascinating homes share the streets with elegant Belle Epoque hotels in a sunny, sheltered surround of grand mountains. Pontresina is en route of the Bernina Express, a glorious train ride that goes up and over the highest railway pass in Europe with sweeping views of mountains and valleys all the way into northern Italy, a most enchanting trip.