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Bergamo and its land


Bergamo, the city

Val Brembana Val Seriana Valle Imagna

Lovere

Lago Endine

Isola Bergamasca

History, art and culture

Lago d’Iseo

Val Cavallina

Bergamo

The Orobie, mountains to be enjoyed Lakes and rivers

Orio al Serio

Val Calepio Sarnico

Pianura Bergamasca

Sport, great fun for all Aromas and flavours Spas and wellness Faith and traditions, the power of one’s roots


Bergamo and its land “Bergamo and its province� is an opportunity to learn more about the vast artistic, cultural and natural heritage that we have to offer. It has been divided into eight sections: Bergamo the city, a genuine gem of history and architecture perched atop a green hill; history, art and culture, a presentation of the varied tourist offer in our historical districts and villages; mountains, lakes and rivers, a review of the natural beauties of our territory; flavours, information on local products and traditional old recipes; sport, spas and wellness, all the details you need for an active holiday with moments of pure relaxation, and finally faith and traditions, an outline of some of the religious itineraries that often accompany local festivals.

The array of offers is truly varied, and the city and province provides accommodation facilities and tourist services of the highest level of quality. We invite you to our home and accompany you on a journey through the history, traditions and attractions of Bergamo province, a land of a thousand facets and nuances, a land that knows how to welcome you and make your holiday unforgettable.

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Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Cavallina Valley

Bergamo

Bergamask River Area

Lake Iseo

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

Bergamo, the city Bergamo, the city on the hill history

Strolling among art and

Piazza Vecchia, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy

spiritual heart Bergamo

The climb by funicular train

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EVENTS: bergamo

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Bergamo, the city on the hill It is believed that the name Bergamo is derived from the Celtic Berg-heim, meaning “town on the hill”, which is entirely plausible given the principal feature of the old city, which is situated on high ground between the plain and the mountains and framed by walls that surround it on the top of the hill. It is precisely the outline of these walls, built by Venice in the sixteenth century, that are the distinctive and unmistakeable feature of hilltop Bergamo, better known as Città Alta (Upper Town). Most of the city’s historic buildings and monuments are condensed within this mighty, six kilometre long ring.

The climb by funicular train Among the ways a visitor can access the city on the hill from the town on the plain, certainly the most unusual and interesting is that offered by the funicular railway, which arrives right inside the walls, giving tourists some wonderful views on the way up. The journey from the station in Viale Vittorio Emanuele to Città Alta is short, but exciting. As you step out of the funicular car, you feel like you have the old town in the palm of your hand. And if you leave the main street and enter the web of medieval alleyways and small squares, your visit is transformed into a kaleidoscope of continuously changing sights and sounds.

On the opening page: view from above of Piazza Duomo. On these pages: the white Porta San Giacomo and the unmistakeable skyline of the hilltop town.


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After the crossroads, the scene opens like a theatre stage onto the magic of Piazza Vecchia, an extraordinary place considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Continue and you’ll come across Via Colleoni, a street lined with buildings, each with a story to tell. On the left is the façade of the Teatro Sociale (SoCENTRO cial Theatre), the work of the architect Leopoldo CITTA’

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Piazza Vecchia, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy Piazza Vecchia is the genuine heart of the city. Its beauty and the balanced proportion of volumes and lines that make it unforgettable are not the result of the genius of some architect, but are due to its shaping by generations of Bergamask people, in a succession of art and history. Your eye is immediately drawn to the beautiful white marble Contarini fountain in the centre, and the alignment of the buildings along the two sides directs your sight towards Palazzo della Ragione (Palace of Reason) at the end of the square. The façade of this twelfth century building is dominated by the symbolic lion of Venice, a reminder of the centuries of historic, cultural and economic relations between the two cities. Standing tall in a corner is the Civic Tower, known also as the “Campanone”, or big bell, a landmark infused with civic meaning, as demonstrated by the 180 times the large bell tolls each evening to mark the ancient curfew. This square was the seat of political and administrative power until the nineteenth century, and is overlooked by Palazzo del Podestà, the residence of Venetian rulers, and the Town Hall, which can be identified by its impressive marble façade and which today houses the Civic Library.

Piazza Duomo, the spiritual heart Beyond the portico beneath Palazzo della Ragione lies another square that is no less charged with meaning. Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) condenses the values and religious history of the entire Bergamo area. Overlooking this intimate square are the Cathedral dedicated to the patron saint, St. Alexander, under which the remains of two previous cathedrals have been found, including an early Christian church; the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, with its austere Romanesque exterior that disguises a treasure trove of sumptuous Baroque decoration inside; the Colleoni Chapel, a masterpiece of Lombardy Renaissance, built by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo for the great leader, Colleoni, who is buried alongside the tomb of his daughter Medea, and the Baptistery, which is positioned with particular scenic effect on this side of the square.

On the previous pages: Piazza Vecchia, the true historical heart of upper Bergamo. Below: the light interior of the Cathedral, another view of Piazza Vecchia and a famous painting by G. B. Moroni kept in the Carrara Art Gallery in Bergamo. Right: view of the Cathedral of Sant’Alessandro from the northern doorway of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.


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BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE The heritage of art and history which, over eight centuries, has been concentrated into the Basilica, is such that it leaves even the most seasoned tourist in awe. Visitors can enter the church either by the northern entrance of “red lions� or the southern entrance with its porch supported by white marble lions, both the work of Giovanni da Campione. Inside, attention is drawn to the frescoes, which originally decorated the entire church, the tapestries, the choir and the wonderful marquetry panels made according to a design by Lorenzo Lotto. The adjacent Colleoni Chapel, with frescoes by Tiepolo, is also well worth a visit.

Virtual Tour inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Below: exterior views of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colleoni Chapel, a marquetry panel by Lorenzo Lotto and the Baptistery. Right: the Renaissance Colleoni Chapel.


Don’t miss There are three privileged points from which to see the old city from above. The keep of the Rocca (fortress), built in the fourteenth century on the site of a late medieval castle, which offers not only an extensive view towards the mountains, but also a unique glimpse over the towers, bell towers and domes of the old town. The Civic Tower, which can be accessed from Piazza Vecchia by a modern lift, which provides

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a 360 degree view of the entire urban network, revealing at the same time the rooftops of the buildings of greatest interest. The hill of San Vigilio, which overlooks the city. One of the best ways to reach the hill is by funicular railway, and the station can be found not far from Colle Aperto, just beyond Sant’Alessandro Gate. Once at the top, a road leads to a castle which offers an extraordinary view over the city, plain and mountains. Alternatively, a walk can be enjoyed along the alleyways and flights of steps to explore the very beautiful band of hills that extends among gardens, vegetable plots, elegant villas, small churches and sanctuaries.


The walls A pleasant walk begins in Colle Aperto and winds along the ramparts of the walls. It seems like you are walking on a terrace suspended in mid-air, between the continuously changing façade of the old city on one side and the view of modern Bergamo extending towards the plain on the other. A visit to the lofty underground passages discovered in the bastion of San Giovanni could also be included on route. Once at the monumental Sant’Agostino Gate, your walk continues along the few metres that separate the Piazzale della Fara, a splendid natural stage, and the former Church of Sant’Agostino and monastery, which now houses the university. The Church of San Michele al Pozzo Bianco with frescoes by Lorenzo Lotto lies a short distance away, in Via Fara.

Left: the majestic Rocca (fortress) of Bergamo. Below: the green hill of upper Bergamo with the Venetian walls and the flights of stairs, the Gate and former Sant’Agostino Monastery and the interior of the Church of San Michele al Pozzo Bianco which houses frescoes dating back from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, in particular those by Lorenzo Lotto in the left-hand crypt.


“Modern” Bergamo A bird’s eye view would be ideal to see the close relationship that exists between modern Bergamo on the plain and the old part of the town, represented by the borghi or districts. These developed along the principal roads of communication between the upper town and the surrounding areas. The most important, in terms of art and history, are Borgo Pignolo, Borgo Palazzo and Borgo Sant’Alessandro. At the heart of Borgo Pignolo are two extraordinary art museums: the “Bernareggi” Museum of Sacred Art and, in adjacent Via San Tomaso, the famous Pinacoteca Carrara, an art gallery situated near to the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAMeC). The modern town developed between the district of Pignolo and Sant’Alessandro between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The most significant places in the modern town are the Sentierone, where locals take their traditional

passeggiata, and the Torre dei Caduti (Memorial Tower). The Sentierone is overlooked by the Donizetti Theatre and its romantic monument dedicated to the maestro, and the Church of San Bartolomeo, with its large altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto “Madonna with Child on a throne and Saints”. If you would like to get a souvenir photo of Bergamo condensed into one shot, we recommend heading to the propylaea of Porta Nuova, two Neoclassical buildings standing either side of Viale Vittorio Emanuele. With the station behind you, the left-hand propylaeum is the ideal point to capture the view which opens out towards Città

Alta and its skyline from the balanced space of the Sentierone. Click! Done! You can keep the memory of an unforgettable city always on you, as well as in your heart and mind.

Views of lower Bergamo. Above: the elegant Piazza Dante Alighieri, designed by G.B. Caniana in 1740, the only fascinating reminder of the old city fair.


GAETANO Donizetti Gaetano Donizetti, the celebrated composer who wrote works such as “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “L’elisir d’Amore”, was born in Bergamo in Via Borgo Canale, just outside the town walls. The house of his birth, which today has been transformed into a museum, can be found in this street. But of all the museums dedicated to Donizetti, the most important must be the Donizetti Museum, which houses various mementos and records of his life. This museum is situated in Via Arena, a continuation of Via Donizetti. These beautiful roads are closely connected to the famous composer, who died in Via Donizetti (see the plaque on the façade of Palazzo Scotti), and completed his musical studies in Via Arena. The final monument connected to the memory of Donizetti is his tomb, which can be found in the central nave of the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore, alongside the tomb of his much-loved teacher Simon Mayr.

Below: Largo Porta Nuova with the Neoclassical propylaea, Piazza della Libertà and Via S. Alessandro. Piazza Vittorio Veneto and the Torre dei Caduti (Memorial Tower), the Church of San Bartolomeo and the Donizetti Theatre, inaugurated in 1791 and initially called the Riccardi Theatre, which was dedicated to the composer Gaetano Donizetti in honour of the centenary of his birth.


EVENTS: bergamo March

BERGAMO JAZZ Donizetti Theatre Great musical evenings of contemporary jazz.

March

BERGAMO FILM MEETING Bergamo Great review of Italian and foreign cinema.

April

BERGAMO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CULTURE In various locations in Bergamo The festival is a journey into the world of culture through the 7 arts.

May - June

BRESCIA AND BERGAMO INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL Donizetti Theatre One of the most important world festivals dedicated to the piano.

July

INTERNATIONAL ART CINEMA FESTIVAL Upper Bergamo Festival dedicated to cinema in its various expressive forms.


August - September

notti di luce (NIGHTS OF LIGHT) In various locations in Bergamo The city plays host to great music and wonderful plays set in some of the most striking places in Bergamo, which have been illuminated for the occasion.

September - October

“City of Bergamo” INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL Bergamo Internationally recognised festival.

September - December

BERGAMO GAETANO DONIZETTI MUSIC FESTIVAL Donizetti Theatre Opera festival dedicated to the Bergamask composer Gaetano Donizetti.

October

BERGAMOSCIENZA In various locations in Bergamo Internation festival dedicated to science with shows, conferences and workshops.

October

“mercatanti” FAIR Sentierone – Lower Bergamo A blend of colours, flavours and typical products from all over Europe.


Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Bergamo

Bergamask River Area

Lake Iseo

Cavallina Valley

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

History, art and culture Under the aegis of St. Mark

Lorenzo Lotto in Bergamo

Harlequin and his house

the villages, hidden treasures of the Bergamask valleys the Romanesque

the museums and industrial archaeology

of Crespi D’adda

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the colleoni Castles The Workers’ Village


Under the aegis of St. Mark Visitors entering upper Bergamo through Porta Sant’Agostino, a monumental gate made of austere sandstone, are confronted by the sculpture of a lion, located on the tympanum above the façade. This is the lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venice. The centuries-old relationship between Bergamo and Venice, which continued from 1427 to 1797, left a profound mark on the history of Bergamo and its territory from a political, economic, artistic and cultural point of view. Numerous Bergamask people, in particular from the valleys, moved to Venice to work, often as domestic staff in the houses of great merchants and noblemen. This created a growing cultural exchange that enriched both communities. In this way, a legend began, which stated that the Zanni gave rise to several famous masked characters. It is claimed, for example, that Harlequin was born in the Brembana Valley, while Brighella is supposed to have come from upper Bergamo.

Lorenzo Lotto in Bergamo The exchange with Venice gave rise to several significant events, such as the long relationship between Lorenzo Lotto and Bergamo. Lorenzo Lotto stayed in Bergamo for ten years – from 1513 to 1523 – and considered it his second home. During his time in the area he created many masterpieces, such as the Martinengo Altarpiece in the Church of San Bartolomeo, the polyptych of Ponteranica and the Celana altarpiece in the province, as well as the extraordinary cycle of frescoes of the Story of St. Barbara, in Trescore Balneario.

On the opening page: “Stendardo della Visitazione” (Standard of the Visitation) by G.B. Moroni kept in the sacristy of the Church of San Giuliano in Albino. Right: Harlequin. Below: St. Mark’s Lion, a marquetry panel and the “Christo Arbor Vitae” by Lorenzo Lotto kept in Trescore Balneario, and a fresco in the Church of Costa Serina in the Brembana Valley.


Harlequin and his house

There is a popular legend that accompanies tradition which states that the renowned Harlequin was born in a building in the attractive medieval village of Oneta, in the heart of the Brembana Valley. The house in which the masked character was supposed to have lived is a solid fifteenth-century building, better known as the House of Harlequin, which has become a point of reference for events, meetings and theatre performances that are connected, naturally, to the mask of Harlequin. Bergamo uses the image of Harlequin to promote tourism, due both to the existing links between the famous character and Bergamo and because of his multi-coloured costume, which is well suited to the variegated features of the Bergamo region.


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the villages, hidden treasures of the Bergamask valleys The village of Cornello, or Cornello dei Tasso, in the Brembana Valley, is named after the Tasso family, whose history is interwoven with that of Europe because of its activities as postal couriers throughout the continent. The Tasso family is considered the creators of the modern postal service. Visitors to Cornello will not only find museums on the history of the postal service and the Tasso, but also an unspoilt and very attractive medieval village. The “portico-lined road” is very interesting, and it was here that carriages travelling along the ancient road that followed the river would stop in their shade. Another portico-lined road can be found in Averara, which is also located along the same route. Averara is also known as the village that gave rise to a dynasty of painters, the Baschenis family, who for generations worked not only in Bergamo and the surrounding area, but also in Trentino where they frescoed churches and chapels in the various valleys. As well as being the homeland of numerous great artists, the Brembana valley and its side valleys also offer a series of historic towns that are abundant with considerable artistic and architectural treasures. San Giovanni Bianco and Serina are towns where the old urban layout has remained almost unchanged. The same is true for the Seriana Valley, which gave rise to the celebrated portrait painter G. Battista Moroni, whose works

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are in many museums throughout the world, and the Fantoni family, carvers and sculptors of great fame, in particular Andrea Fantoni, whose extraordinary house-museum can be found in his native town of Rovetta. Works by the Fantoni family include the renowned sacristies of the Basilica of Alzano Lombardo. In terms of historic towns, the Seriana Valley is no less important that the Brembana Valley. These include: Clusone with its Planetary Clock and the fascinating fresco of the Danza Macabra (Dance of Death) in the Oratorio dei Disciplini (Oratory of Disciplines); Gromo and its medieval centre dominated by the castle, and Gandino, where the lavishness of the Basilica, with its museum, and the town’s buildings are reminders of the intense exchange that took place between this land of weavers and manufacturers of cloth and central Europe. Lastly, don’t miss the Cavallina Valley, an area strongly marked by the presence of the family of Suardo Counts. The Suardo family, in fact, built castles, including Monasterolo and Bianzano, and splendid houses such as the villa in Trescore Balneario.

Left: night view of San Giovanni Bianco in the Brembana Valley. Above: the planetary clock in Clusone in the Seriana Valley, the medieval portico in Cornello dei Tasso, one of “the most beautiful villages of Italy” in the Brembana Valley, and the Basilica of Gandino in the Seriana Valley.


the colleoni Castles The great Bergamask plain is dominated by the figure of Bartolomeo Colleoni, the renowned condottiero. Born in 1395 in the small town of Solza, where his modest family castle can be found, he had an important role in the disputes between Venice and the Visconti of Milan. Appointed commander of all troupes of the Republic, he settled in the Castle of Malpaga and transformed it into a splendid residence. Other castles and fortified villages of considerable interest in this area include Martinengo and Romano. Castles were also built by the Visconti family, such as Castle of Pagazzano, the only one to have preserved its original water-

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the Romanesque Another period that has considerably enriched the Bergamask territory is the Romanesque era. Several important examples are found in the Cavallina Valley and Calepio Valley, in particular in Spinone, Villongo and Credaro. But it is the Almenno Romanesque Park, a few kilometres from Bergamo, which condenses Romanesque structures of great value, including the well-preserved Bridge of Clanezzo and the extraordinary small Church of San TomĂŠ.


On the previous page: Pagazzano Castle, the bell tower of Urgnano, Cavernago Castle, Martinengo Castle and the unusual Romanesque Church of San Tomè. On this page: the castle of Romano di Lombardia, where the wife of Bartolomeo Colleoni was held prisoner by Filippo Maria Visconti, and Malpaga Castle, both fortress and stately residence, decorated with frescoes attributed to Romanino.

Virtual Tour inside the Castle of Romano di Lombardia

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the museums and industrial archaeology Bergamo province is a land of museums. In addition to the important city museums, almost all towns of a certain size have a museum or collection of artworks. There are dozens. And added to these are the many ethnography museums, including the Museo della Valle (Museum of the Valley) in Zogno. Each valley has a museum that preserves records of the past, and of lost customs and traditions. There are also ecomuseums that have been set up to preserve the heritage, environment and local history, and many examples of industrial archaeology. Construction in Crespi d’Adda of one of the most interesting and best preserved examples of a workers’ village began in 1877; in 1995 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

An array of museums: Accademia Carrara, Gamec, Bernareggi Sacred Art Museum and the Archaeology Museum, all in Bergamo. Below: agricultural tools at the Museum of the Valley in Zogno, interior of the Carpentry Museum in Almenno San Salvatore, Gandino Museum and the Tadini Accademy in Lovere on Lake Iseo.


The Workers’ Village of Crespi D’adda A unique example of industrial architecture that has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Crespi d’Adda is a late nineteenth-century “ideal workers’ village” built by the Crespi family of industrialists. The village is a complete town, constructed by the owner of the factory for his employees and their families. The workers were provided with homes, gardens, vegetable gardens and all necessary local services, while the owner satisfied all needs of his employees, both inside and outside the factory, predating any official state benefit. The village consisted of a factory (a cotton mill), the eclectic castle of the owner, workers’ houses, a cemetery, a wash house and a church. A day in Crespi d’Adda is not only a cultural visit, but above all an opportunity to be transported into the last century and identify with the life and customs of long ago.

Virtual Tour of Crespi D’Adda

In the foreground: the workers’ village of Crespi d’Adda and below, other views of the famous UNESCO site, including the entrance and rooms of the factory, the owner’s castle and the sanctuary. Also: the Gleno dam, the ecomuseum of Valtorta, the ferry on River Adda and the ecomuseum of the Taleggio Valley.


Events: history, art and culture April

MAGIC IN BORGO SAN GIORGIO Costa di Mezzate - Cavallina Valley Music, street theatre, dance and contemporary theatre are the protagonists of this festival.

May - June

THE SPIRIT OF THE PLANET Chiuduno Trade Fair Centre - Cavallina Valley Festival of tribal and indigenous peoples from around the world.

June - August

ANDAR PER MUSICA In various locations throughout the province of Bergamo International festival of contemporary folk music that presents performances by artists from all over the world.

July

TREVIGLIO BLUES FESTIVAL Treviglio Prestigious festival dedicated to the best international blues music.

August

AT THE COURT OF THE SUARDO FAMILY Bianzano - Lake Endine Large historical re-enactment of medieval life with shows, flag-wavers, ballad singers, musicians and the Suardo counts.


Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Bergamask River Area

Lake Iseo

Cavallina Valley

Bergamo

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

The Orobie, mountains to be enjoyed The Bergamask Orobie mountains Orobie Park and the wildlife paths

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The Orobie Path

Imagna Valley, a green heart filled with history OROBIE ski resorts

the Bergamask

the Priula Road and the historic paths

EVENTS: MOUNTAINS

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The Bergamask Orobie mountains The Orobie are a mountain range, eighty kilometres long, made up of peaks, ridges, valleys, fields, forests, woods and natural environments of extraordinary value, dotted with pastures, farms, villages and mountain refuges, all located between summits that touch 3,000 metres and wide undulating countryside that precedes the plain. These mountains, a great heritage for the province of Bergamo, have always been part of the history and culture of the people. They cover half the provincial territory and constitute an area of considerable environmental and naturalistic importance, which, for the most part, is located within the Parco delle Orobie Bergamasche (Park of the Bergamask Orobie). Regularly visited by people from Bergamo and inhabitants from most areas of Lombardy, the mountains are guardians of green and unspoilt countryside, and the perfect place for leisure, relaxation and sporting activities both summer and winter.

The peaks Today, a dense network of well-marked footpaths enables visitors to reach the peaks of the Orobie Alps – mountains that are more or less important and all with a mountaineering history. As you head deeper into the heart of the mountain chain and towards the highest peaks, the environment becomes wilder and more dramatic. The area is populated by alpine ibexes and chamois and it’s not unusual to spot an eagle in majestic flight. The Coca, Redorta and Scais mountains in the upper Seriana Valley exceed 3,000 metres. These mountains are rather challenging and usually only reserved for expert mountain climbers; most other peaks are however accessible to anyone with a small amount of preparation.

On the opening page: a summer panorama of Valbondione in Seriana Valley; right: a view of the green Corna Piana, a mountain straddling the Brembana and the Seriana valleys. Details of the abundant Orobie mountain fauna, from ibex to horses and marmots. Below: views of the Bergamask valleys in summer: the Taleggio Valley and Lake Rotondo near the Calvi mountain refuge in the Brembana Valley; the Conca della Presolana and Lake Fregabolgia in the Brembana Valley.


The Orobie Path The Sentiero delle Orobie (Orobie Path) runs between strategically located and panoramic mountain refuges. This beautiful 84-kilometre mountain path crosses the entire length of the mountains from east to west at altitudes that vary from 1,500 to 2,200 metres. It can be covered in fourteen stages, not necessarily consecutively. A series of access points mean you can begin or interrupt your walk from various towns in the valley. Each year the footpath plays host to a famous international team skyrunning race.


the Bergamask Orobie Park and the wildlife paths The Parco delle Orobie Bergamasche (Bergamask Orobie Park) extends over an area of 70,000 hectares and was set up with the aim of protecting and preserving the natural environment, landscape and biodiversity. It is an important contribution to the environmental recovery of an area that is located only an hour by car from the city. The park offers numerous footpaths of interest to the wildlife enthusiast, such as the extensive Sentiero delle Orobie (Orobie Path), the Sentiero dei Fiori (Path of Flowers), which winds around the slopes of the Arera mountain, or the striking Sentiero naturalistico Curò (Curò Nature Path), which weaves its way at high altitude between the mountains of the Scalve Valley. Another well known path runs from Valbondione to an amphitheatre of rocks where, on particular dates that are established each year, you can witness the spectacular River Serio falls, the highest in Italy.

the Priula Road and the historic paths In addition to the traditional footpaths, there are also several historic routes, the best known being the Via Priula or Priula Road, which was built at the end of the sixteenth century by the Venetian podestà Alvise Priuli to channel the flow of goods between Bergamo and Valtellina. The Ca’ San Marco, a sixteenth century inn that offered assistance to wayfarers and caravans, can be found along this very picturesque road with extraordinary views. Other interesting excursions are to the trenches and fortifications of the so-called Cadorna Line, which date back to the First World War and cover almost the entire length of the Orobie mountains following the line of the ridges along the watershed.

the Imagna Valley, a green heart filled with history The Imagna Valley, a side valley nestled in the shadow of the Resegone mountain, is abundant with luxuriant vegetation of a beautiful, intense green colour. Rich in water and history, this small valley combines nature and respect for the environment. It once marked the boundary with the Duchy of Milan, and the farthest village, Arnosto, a very small and still intact seventeenth-century settlement, was the old customs post between Venice and Milan, where, from 1428 to 1797, a Venetian garrison was based.


Don’t miss An event not to be missed takes place each year in Valbondione (upper Val Seriana): the opening of the falls on the River Serio, a triple drop of 315 metres, during which the rushing, foaming water creates an absolutely magnificent and exciting spectacle of nature. With

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height, the falls are the highest in Italy and second highest in Europe. The falls can be admired during the summer, on a set number of days; the night openings are particularly spectacular.

On the previous pages: Lake Barbellino at the foot of the Pizzo Torena mountain in the Seriana Valley; right: the Pizzo Arera mountain in the Brembana valley and several mountain refuges in the Orobie Prealps. Above: the triple drop of the Serio Falls in Valbondione. Below: the beautiful plateau of Clusone, a historic village in the Seriana Valley, and Corna Imagna, in the Imagna Valley.


the snowy peaks In winter, walkers are replaced by enthusiasts of snow shoes (known also as “ciaspole”) and ski mountaineering, an increasingly popular activity that brings participants into contact with vast areas of unspoilt countryside. The proximity to large urban areas and the ease of access of the Orobie mountains have also led to the development of winter resorts. One of the best known is Foppolo which, with the lifts of Carona and San Simone, has given rise to a large ski area known as the “Brembo Super Ski” area, equipped with modern facilities, hotels and services. The Brembana Valley also offers fun on the fascinating slopes of Piazzatorre, Piani dell’Avaro in Cusio, Oltre il Colle, Branzi and Valtorta, from where a chairlift leads to the pistes of Piani di Bobbio, towards Lecco. In the Seriana Valley we find another well-equipped area, the “Orobie Ski Pass” area, which includes the sunny resort of Passo della Presolana (Pass of the Presolana), a very beautiful dolomitic mountain, known also for this reason as the “Queen of the Orobie”, and also Monte Pora, Spiazzi di Gromo and Lizzola. Colere, also part of the same ski area, but in the Scalve Valley, offers an exciting run that has been approved for international races.

The Bergamask Orobie mountains in winter offer many different opportunities to snow sports enthusiasts. Right: a group of skiers ready to race down the slopes of Foppolo. Below: some suggestions for enjoying the mountains in winter: a break


for a meal in the Brembana Valley, a ride on a snowmobile in Colere, in the Scalve Valley, snowshoeing at the foot of Mount Zuccone and, finally, snowboarders in Foppolo and skiers on the peaks of the Presolana mountain.


OROBIE ski resorts The ski resorts in the province of Bergamo are diverse and close at hand. Here are the details of the various resorts, so that you can organise an unforgettable holiday on the snow. BREMBANA VALLEY Resorts: Foppolo; Carona; San Simone - Valleve; Piazzatorre; Valtorta - Piani di Bobbio; Oltre il Colle - Zambla - Alpe Arera. Tot. km of downhill runs: 171; black runs (difficult) 13; red runs (medium) 36; blue runs (easy) 27. Cross-country skiing: loops of

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distances from 1.5 Km to 16 Km for a total of 72 Km. Number of ski lifts: 35. Maximum altitude of ski runs: 2,163 m. (Foppolo). SERIANA VALLEY AND SCALVE VALLEY Resorts: Monte Pora - Castione della Presolana; Passo della Presolana; Lizzola - Valbondione; Selvino - Aviatico; Gromo - Spiazzi - Timogno; Schilpario; Colere. Tot. km of downhill runs: 106; black runs (difficult) 6; red runs (medium) 24; blue runs (easy) 17. Cross-country skiing: loops of distances from 3 Km to 10 Km for a total of 44 Km. Number of ski lifts: 35 Maximum altitude of ski runs: 2,250 m. (Colere).


The best known cross-country ski trail is also found in the Scalve Valley in Schilpario, in a magnificent pine forest situated behind the town. The trail is used by athletes and hosts high level races. Numerous other trails, with loops of various lengths, can be found in almost all resorts where downhill skiing takes place. There are various places throughout the Orobie mountains for snowboard enthusiasts to practise their board skills. These are equipped with rails, jumps, pipes, superpipes, kickers and ledges, and the snowparks in the Bergamask valleys are ideal for both beginners and experts. Finally, experiences not to be missed are the night opening of the ski lifts and the lively après-ski venues in the resorts and valleys, with music and entertainment.

Left: the Presolana mountain in the Seriana Valley in winter. On this page: snow-covered scenes in the Brembana Valley, towards Foppolo. Below: a shrine in Valbondione in the Seriana Valley.


EVENTS: MOUNTAINS February

EUROPEAN ALPINE SKI CUP Monte Pora - Seriana Valley This famous alpine skiing competition on the sunny slopes of Monte Pora is an event not to be missed.

April

PARRAVICINI TROPHY Calvi Mountain Refuge, Carona - Brembana Valley Historic ski mountaineering competition that again this year promises to be an exciting race.

May - September

MOUNTAIN REFUGES WITH OROBIE FLAVOURS Mountain refuges in Bergamo province Summer opening of the mountain refuges and delicious dishes made with local products.

June - September

SERIO FALLS Valbondione - Upper Seriana Valley Don’t miss this exciting summer opening of the Serio Falls. A triple jump of a 315 metres to be admired, even in the evening.

July

canzone italiana (ITALIAN SONG) Casino of San Pellegrino Terme - Brembana Valley Young and emerging artists, Italian cover musicians and prestigious national guests.

July

OROBIE SKY RAID Castione della Presolana - Seriana Valley International skyrunning race over 25 km, which takes place against the fascinating backdrop of the Presolana mountain.


Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Bergamask River Area

Bergamo

Lake Iseo

Cavallina Valley

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

Lakes and rivers Clear, fresh and valuable water riveRs

Lake Iseo or Sebino

The small alpine lakes

Adda, Leonardo’s river

Don’t miss

EVENTS: The Lakes

the Serio and Brembo

Cruise into the blue

Lake Endine


Clear, fresh and valuable water One of the greatest riches of Bergamo province is its abundance of water. The great rivers Adda, Oglio, Serio and Brembo, the two lakes Endine and Iseo and the enchanting ponds in the Orobie mountains give rise to a multi-coloured landscape that can be admired and enjoyed through different sports.

Adda, Leonardo’s river It is said that even Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by the magnificent countryside along the Adda River for one of his paintings, when he stayed near Paderno as a guest of the Sforza family. In this area, rocks known also as the “Corni della Vergine” (Horns of the Virgin) emerge from the rapids, and it is thought that the great artist used these for the background of his “Virgin of the Rocks”. The Adda and its banks, in particular the towpath, offer the ideal environment for outings on foot, by bike or on horseback. The Bergamask section of the river has features of particular interest such as the ferry of Villa d’Adda, which is still in operation and was made famous by Leonardo who depicted it in one of his drawings, and the iron bridge of San Michele, in Paderno, a masterpiece of industrial archaeology that dates back to the time when the Eiffel Tower was constructed. The village of Crespi d’Adda was also built on the Bergamask bank of the River Adda, between 1890 and 1910. This village is one of the most interesting and best preserved workers’ villages in Italy, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unusual views can be enjoyed while cruising along the river on board the Addarella, an electric boat that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the beautiful houses and countryside of the Adda Park.

On the previous page: Loreto island on Lake Iseo. Left: the unusual and ecological ferry on the Adda River, which is operated without an engine but along a cable between the banks and with the force of the river current. Below: the countryside around River Adda with the Paderno bridge and the cycle path.

Virtual Tour of the Bridge of Calusco d’Adda


the Serio and Brembo riveRs The River Serio begins at an altitude of 2,500 metres between the slopes of Mount Torena; it is 174 kilometres long and crosses the entire Bergamask plain before flowing into the River Adda. During summer, on certain selected days, the great Barbellino Dam is opened, allowing people gathered along the footpath to watch the spectacular 315-metre high waterfall. The other Bergamask river, the Brembo, is shorter – only 74 kilometres long - and more torrential and mountainous. For this reason, it is excellent for canoeing, and the best location for this activity is between the towns of Lenna and Ubiale, which alternates sections where the water flows gently between green banks and others where it races rapidly between spectacular rocky cliffs.

Left: a view of the River Serio. Right: Briolo bridge over the Brembo River. Small photo: the spectacular Serio Falls in Valbondione; a lock on the Brembo River, walks along the river, and the Barbellino Falls on the Serio River. Below: San Giovanni Bianco, in the Brembana Valley, a historic town crossed by the Brembo River.


Lake Iseo or Sebino Another water course, the River Oglio, creates Lake Sebino between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia. Approximately 25 kilometres long, the shape of the lake is similar to a capital S, with Montisola, the largest lake island in Europe, at its centre. Known also as Lake Iseo, it is popular with tourists and visitors and the perfect place for a holiday or short stay, and for relaxation and sport. Pleasant days can be spent on the lake, taking part in the many different activities on offer. These include walks, hiking to panoramic spots, mountain bike rides, boat trips, sailing or just admiring the splendid views from the comfort of a motorboat. But the best way to discover the lake is still the convenient ferries that run between the various resorts, Montisola included. In addition to all this, the shores are rich in art and history. The two largest towns are Sarnico, on the southernmost tip of the lake, with a beautiful historic centre and breezy promenade, and Lovere, in the far north, with the Accademia Tadini and its valuable art gallery. Both Lovere and Sarnico, and all the other towns overlooking the lake, offer plenty of quality restaurants and welcoming trattorias where you can taste excellent freshly caught fish, such as whitefish and char.

In the foreground: Loreto Island in the centre of Lake Iseo, which in addition to luxuriant vegetation has a beautiful crenellated villa dating back to the early twentieth century.


Don’t miss Other attractions are the numerous festivals and feasts held on the shores of the two lakes. The very popular “Naècc d’or”, which takes place on the Sebino, involves a series of races using the “Naècc”, simple, tapered rowing boats used by local fishermen. The final is a lively competition, which is followed by a wonderful display of fireworks that are reflected in the water.

Above: the Accademia Tadini and the port of Lovere; two views of Predore, a small village alongside Sarnico; Montisola and Lovere promenade, in the north of Lake Iseo. Below: a panoramic view of Lake Iseo.


Cruise into the blue Any season is suitable for enjoying the beauty of the lake, but nothing is better than in summer when you can take a spectacular cruise on boats that glide over the tranquil waters in discovery of hidden landscapes and old villages. One of the destinations recommended by all guides is Montisola. Vehicles are banned from the island, making it the ideal place for a walk or bike ride (bicycles are accepted on all boats) particularly for families or groups with children. Also worth a particular mention, in addition to Montisola, are the small islands of Loreto and San Paolo, which are abundant with history and lush vegetation. The night-time cruises are well worth experiencing. You can enjoy dinner while watching the twinkling lights of the towns on the shore and the spectacular sight in the moonlight of the “Bogn�, a steep rocky cliff that drops to the water at Riva di Solto.


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Lake Endine A second lake is found not far from Iseo. This is Lake Endine, a delightful place for spending a restful holiday of relaxation in contact with nature. The reduced size of this lake, the intense green colour of its banks, and the small towns on its shores make it the ideal location for peaceful walks. There are also opportunities for bike rides between Monasterolo del Castello and Endine Gaiano. Situated in the heart of the Cavallina Valley and a few kilometres from Bergamo, Lake Endine is not only interesting for its environment and wildlife, but also for the presence of important buildings, including the Romanesque Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Monasterolo Castle and Bianzano Castle, which, with its robust dimensions, dominates the valley and lake from above.

The small alpine lakes Almost 200 alpine lakes are dotted around the Orobie mountains. All of modest dimensions and generally situated between 1,800 and 2,200 metres, some are visible only in summer when the snow has melted. These enchanting lakes are an excellent place for hikers to stop for a picnic.

In the foreground: beautiful Lake Endine in autumn and winter. Below: the numerous alpine lakes in the Orobie Prealps, including Lake Barbellino in Valbondione in the Seriana Valley, the Gemelli Lake and the small Ponteranica Lake in Cusio in the Brembana Valley and, lastly, the Gleno dam in the Scalve.


EVENTS: The Lakes April and October

SPECCHIATI NEI LAGHI (MIRRORED IN THE LAKES) In various locations throughout the municipalities of Lake Endine and Lake Iseo Monuments open until late evening, free guided tours and seasonal food tasting at this great event, which takes place in spring and autumn.

June - September

CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE 3 ISLANDS OF THE SEBINO WITH “NAèCC” Sulzano, Sarnico, Endine, Pisogne, Riva di Solto, Peschiera, Iseo, Sale Marasino, Monteisola Exciting competition involving the typical fishermen’s boats of Lake Iseo (the “Naècc”). The Sebino plays host to races of these tapered rowing boats: a traditional and fun event not to be missed.

July

SARNICO BUSKER FESTIVAL Sarnico and Paratico Large festival with free admission featuring national and international street artists.

August

NOTTE SOTTO LE STELLE (NIGHT UNDER THE STARS) International Festival of music and theatre on the shores of Lake Endine “Marinai d’Italia” promenade in Spinone al Lago Lake Endine “Notte sotto le stelle” is not just an international music festival, but also an event that unites music, theatre, cinema and wine and food.

August

MARIO STOPPANI MEMORIAL Lovere Spectacular air show in memory of Mario Stoppani, the aviator from Lovere.


Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Bergamask River Area

Bergamo

Lake Iseo

Cavallina Valley

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

Sport, great fun for all Cycling, a sport in the DNA of the Bergamask people Seriana and Brembana valleys

Orobie mountains, an open-air training ground sports

The active lake

Golf

The cycle paths of the

Pedalling across Bergamo province

The

Summer, an abundance of

A passion for golf

Events: sport


Cycling, a sport in the DNA of the Bergamask people The people of Bergamo have a genuine passion for bicycles. For this reason, the number of cycle paths increases each year and routes specifically designed for enthusiasts are being constructed. Bergamo continues to produce champions, who train in the wake of the great Felice Gimondi. It is no coincidence that each year the Giro d’Italia crosses the province of Bergamo, encountering crowds of cheering fans along the route, who transform the event into a festive spectacle.

The cycle paths of the Seriana and Brembana valleys The province of Bergamo is well equipped with cycle paths that offer extremely varied routes of great interest. The cycle paths of the Seriana and Brembana valleys, which follow disused railway lines, are particularly interesting. In the Seriana Valley, the route from Alzano Lombardo, a town situated very close to Bergamo, climbs the entire valley, offering different views of the river and countryside as it penetrates deeper into the mountains. The cycle path of the Brembana Valley is no less attractive. This path leaves from Zogno and, among striking scenery, including certain sections in disused railways tunnels above the river, reaches the uppermost part of the valley.

On the previous page: an athlete on Mount Simal during the famous Orobie Skyraid race. Below: several sections of the very popular cycle path in the Seriana Valley; right: mountain biking in the enchanting countryside of the Brembana Valley on the “Sentiero degli Stradini” (Path of the Roadmen).

Virtual Tour of the south lakes cycle path


Pedalling across Bergamo province The network of cycle paths is more extensive on the flat areas of Bergamo province because of the greater space available. Beginning with the paths that wind through the green belt of the Parco Regionale del Serio (Regional Park of the Serio), we find a route that leads to the Castle of Malpaga, residence of the condottiero Bartolomeo Colleoni. From Romano di Lombardia a cycle path crosses the entire plain towards the Parco regionale dell’Oglio Nord (Regional Park of the North Oglio). Another interesting itinerary weaves through the lower part of the province between Fara d’Adda, Treviglio and Caravaggio and then continues following a line of springs used since ancient times to irrigate the fields. Another cycle path instead leads in the opposite direction towards the River Adda, passing many interesting places, such as Sotto il Monte. The city cycle path, which follows the Venetian walls and enters the heart of the Parco dei Colli (Hills Park), crossing areas of considerable environmental importance, is also very popular.


The Orobie mountains, an open-air training ground The Orobie mountains are the perfect stage for many sports. During winter, skiing is the main sport in all its forms – alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and ski mountaineering. The Parravicini Trophy, a team ski mountaineering race, has been held in the upper Brembana Valley since 1936. Among the other activities connected with winter, the best known are snowshoeing and snowboarding, but even ice climbing can count a large number of enthusiasts. Experts from all over Europe arrive to climb the extremely steep column of ice, forty metres high, known as “Damocle”, when it forms in Valleve in the upper Brembana Valley.

Summer, an abundance of sports After the winter freeze, the warm days of summer are perfect for rock climbing. The best known place for this activity is the great rock face of Cornalba in the Serina Valley. Each year an important international event takes place there. Climbing as a sport has increasing numbers of followers and Bergamo province has many facilities to satisfy this growing request. Speleology can also be considered a climbing activity, even though it is the opposite direction, and there are various associations involved in exploring the underground depths. The Orobie mountains are abundant with natural caves, some which are extremely interesting and very deep. Canyoning is also practised in the Orobie mountains, often in places that are wild and inaccessible, but exciting for those who dare. From caves and remote places to the wide open spaces of the sky: the uplands that overlook the large areas of the plain where warm air currents rise are ideal for paragliding and hang gliding. There are numerous schools and well-known “take-off” points, including Valcava, the hills of San Fermo and Mount Bronzone. The historical gliding club in Valbrembo is popular with enthusiasts, who even come from other regions. Another popular mountain sport is trekking, but horse riding also offers the opportunity to follow interesting and adventurous routes in the midst of nature.

Do you feel the call of the mountains? Here then are the “Pista degli Abeti” (Pine forest trail) in Schilpario for cross-country skiing, the lifts of Colere in the Scalve Valley, snowmobiles and ski courses for children in Foppolo in the Brembana Valley, and snowboarding in Presolana in the Seriana Valley. Right: a potholer in a cave in Mount Arera in the Brembana Valle.


The active lake Lake Iseo is well equipped with modern sports facilities and equipment for many sporting activities, including sailing, canoeing and water skiing, and also has characteristic small ports for boats. The most popular sport is in fact sailing, and the numerous associations and schools have produced European champions and sailors who have competed in world-class events and the Olympics. Another sporting activity on the water is windsurfing, and in certain places on the lake a stiff breeze enables this activity to be practised at high levels. For those who love more relaxing activities, Lake Endine is abundant with fish and hosts various fishing tournaments and competitions. Its calm waters are also the perfect place for canoeing, even at competitive levels.

Golf People who enjoy golf and love wide open countryside will find courses of an excellent level in the foothills of the Bergamask mountains, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The facilities vary and range from a simple practice range to a prestigious 27-hole course. And if the weather is bad, there’s even an indoor golf range in Bergamo.

Numerous outdoor activities can be practised on the lakes and in the mountains. On this page: windsurfing and fishing on Lake Endine, sailing and fun wakeboarding on Lake Iseo. Right: the Albenza Golf Club in Almenno S. Bartolomeo; hiking and horse riding in the woods of the Bergamask valleys.


A passion for golf A golfer can find many highly acclaimed courses in the province of Bergamo. The best known is Albenza Golf Club, situated in the Romanesque area of Almenno S. Bartolomeo. This historic and challenging course is set in a beautiful landscape surrounded by conifers and broad-leaved woodland. The golf club has a course of 27 holes, designed by the renowned British partnership of Cotton & Sutton, which features several small greens that are well protected by trees and water courses. La Rossera Golf Club is set in an enchanting natural environment among the vineyards and fruit orchards of Chiuduno. The course is hilly and, although only 9 holes, is very challenging due to the many out-of-bounds areas and the position of its greens. The Parco dei Colli Golf Club is the city golf course. It is situated on the hills below Città Alta and offers a unique panorama. The course, although only 9 holes, offers different obstacles, such as bunkers, ponds and strategic out-of-bounds areas. Finally the Presolana Golf Club, a practice range at an altitude of 1,200 metres, is situated in a pass dominated by the dolomitic Presolana mountain and surrounded by the dense pine forests of the Monte Pora ski resort. The well-equipped Indoor golf range in Mozzo, just a stone’s throw from Bergamo, is ideal for practising all year round.


Events: sport May

FELICE GIMONDI Bergamo and province Historic cycling race in discovery of the Bergamask valleys.

May

GIRO D’ITALIA Bergamo and province For years, Bergamo province has been hosting the “Giro d’Italia”, the world-renowned cycling race in stages.

May

BERGAMO HISTORIC GRAN PRIX Walls Circuit – Upper Bergamo Historic F1 cars race on the only medieval circuit in existence.

June

WHITE NIGHT OF SPORT Lower Bergamo The city becomes a small “sports village” for aspiring or established sportsmen who compete at night.

July

WATER FESTIVAL sport, culture and fun in the water and on the water Italcementi Swimming pools of Bergamo Summer diving competition with evening events and activities for the public.

September

BERGAMO INTERNATIONAL MARATHON Bergamo A marathon, a half marathon and a non-competitive race: Bergamo opens up to sports and outdoor enthusiasts.


Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Bergamask River Area

Bergamo

Lake Iseo

Cavallina Valley

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

Aromas and flavours Typical Bergamask flavours, from the mountains to the lakes and the city A cuisine with ancient roots

The Bergamask mark of quality

Moscato di Scanzo, a gift fit for a queen Olive oil

Typical desserts

The wines

Traditional dishes

The cheeses

“For the connoisseur…”

EVENTS: FLAVOURS


Typical Bergamask flavours, from the mountains to the lakes and the city The wine and food culture of Bergamo is not only the fruit of traditions and historical stratification, but has also developed due to the specific characteristics of the land –mountains, lakes, plains and hills – thereby resulting in an extraordinary variety of products. It is said that this cuisine, which combines a respect for food, care of raw materials, dedication and seriousness in production, as well as a certain reserve in promoting it, is an expression of the character of the Bergamask people.

A cuisine with ancient roots Bergamask cuisine has very ancient roots. The recipe book “Cocho bergamasco alla casalinga” (Bergamask home cooking) in fact dates back to the late seventeenth/early eighteenth century. Experts have identified a form of cooking in this manuscript that does not originate from banquets, but from the everyday experience of a passionate cook who was ready to accept new challenges; a simple cuisine, through which local products appeared on the tables of the houses of the middle classes and local nobility.

The Bergamask mark of quality Today, there are more than twenty traditional food products that display the quality mark “Bergamo città dei mille… sapori” (Bergamo, city of the thousand… flavours). Established in 1997 by the Chamber of Commerce, the quality mark is given to products following a series of quality checks. In reality there are many more of these products.

Tables prepared with typical Bergamask cheeses, including goat’s cheese, Formai de Mut, Taleggio, small fresh cheeses, Stracchino and Agrì; all accompanied by tasty local cured meats.


The cheeses There are some nine cheeses that have acquired Denomination of Protected Origin (PDO) status. The latest product to obtain this prestigious recognition is “Strachitunt�, a very ancient cheese (the first records appear on a parchment dated 1380) which has been saved, acquiring international fame, thanks to the tenacity of a few farmers and producers in the Taleggio Valley. Today Bergamo province is in first place in Italy for the number of PDO cheeses, and it is estimated there are approximately 150 working dairies. Also worth keeping in consideration are goat farms and the increasing popularity of delicious goat’s cheese.


Moscato di Scanzo, a gift fit for a queen By the eighteenth century, Moscato di Scanzo, a rare red passito wine, was already known throughout Europe and was even quoted on the London stock exchange. The Bergamask artist Giacomo Quarenghi, involved in the construction of splendid palaces in St. Petersburg, including the renowned Hermitage, introduced it to the court of the Empress Catherine. He in fact gave her several bottles of Moscato from the vineyard on his estate in Scanzo. Moscato di Scanzo production is the smallest DOCG productions in existence in Italy, and the area can be visited by following the Scanzo wine and food routes that weave around the gentle hills.


The wines The Bergamask countryside was once well known for its wine production, which at the time was focussed above all on quantity. Today it demands excellence, and this can be seen in Valcalepio DOCG red and white wines, which are produced on the sunny slopes of a large hilly area at an altitude of between 300 and 600 metres. The Valcalepio wine and food routes wind through this prestigious and environmentally important area. Justifiably renowned, Moscato di Scanzo DOCG is a classic

vino da meditazione, a “meditation wine� or wine to be savoured alone, produced from vineyards introduced by the Romans or possibly even earlier by the Etruscans.

On this page are some typical features of Bergamo province: the vineyards of Scanzorosciate and those in the area of Valcalepio, white grapes, the black Moscato di Scanzo DOCG grapes and several bottles of Valcalepio DOC wine. Note also the barrels of a vinegar factory. This is a small family-run business, which is located in the hill area of Bergamo known as Carobbio degli Angeli. The vinegar-making process takes place in an old tower, which provides the correct temperature and light to produce the prestigious balsamic vinegar.

Video clips of Bergamask flavours


“For the connoisseur‌â€? There are numerous vine types on the Bergamask hills, cradle of Valcalepio DOC wines. The most important are: - for the reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Incrocio Terzi n.1, Franconia, Marzemino, Schiava lombarda, Schiava meranese, Moscato di Scanzo - for the whites: Pinot bianco, Pinot grigio, Chardonnay, Manzoni bianco, Moscato giallo. Valcalepio Red DOC is made from between 25 to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and the remaining part from Merlot. Valcalepio White DOC is a fine wine made from Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay grapes in a percentage varying from 55 to 80% and the remaining part from Pinot Grigio. Valcalepio Moscato DOC Passito has the merit of being one of the few Italian passito wines from an aromatic red grape: Moscato di Scanzo, a variety that is native to the province of Bergamo.


Olive oil The olive groves that give rise to Sebino DOP extra virgin olive oil are also of considerable environmental value. Decades ago, olive trees were planted for ornamental purposes along certain sections of the shores of Lake Iseo, particularly between Sarnico and Lovere. Olive growing then expanded into the hilly area of the Calepio Valley. Sebino DOP extra virgin olive oil has a very low level of acidity, and is rich in vitamins and aromatic substances, making it ideal for a balanced Mediterranean diet.

Typical desserts The meal cannot be considered finished without a tasty dessert. The delicious reproduction of polenta e uccelli (polenta and birds) certainly makes for a sweet treat, and torta Donizetti (Donizetti cake) or torta di Treviglio (Treviglio cake), typical of the area of the Po plain, are also popular desserts in Bergamo city. Worthwhile tasting in the valleys are the tasty biscotti di San Pellegrino (San Pellegrino biscuits). Lastly, it would appear that the famous stracciatella flavour was invented in Bergamo, so don’t miss an occasion to savour some excellent home-made ice cream.

The area of Lake Iseo with its olive groves also finds place among the vineyards and wineries of Valcalepio. Here, also, are some of the typical desserts: “polenta e osei� (polenta and birds) and the biscuits.


Traditional dishes Food gourmets who set out along these food and wine routes will enjoy stopping in one of the many restaurants found in all towns in Bergamo province and trying some of the typical local products of this extremely diverse land. The meal begins with cured meats, all strictly alla bergamasca (in the traditional Bergamask way), and cheeses. There are two typical stuffed pasta dishes eaten as a first course: “casonsèi” and “scarpinocc de Parr”, which takes its name from the town, Parre, in the Seriana Valley, from which it originated. And for the second course? There is plenty of choice: from roast meats to stews – always made with certified beef – to game and fish, including some excellent species fished in the Sebino (Lake Iseo). Many of these local dishes combine well with polenta, either prepared in the classic way or as polenta taragna (with cheese from the Alpine pastures). Polenta was once a staple of local families and a traditionally Bergamask food. Naturally a local dish must be accompanied by the excellent Valcalepio DOC wine or even one of the thirteen mineral waters from the springs in our valleys.

Cured meats, polenta, “scarpinocc” and casoncelli (two different types of stuffed pasta) are dishes that can always be found on the tables of people from Bergamo. And for those of you who wish to know more: “casonsèi” (casoncelli) are filled with salami, roast meat, garlic, parsley, Grana cheese and sometimes crumbled amaretti biscuits and chopped raisins, and served with melted butter, bacon and sage - a treat for the taste buds!


EVENTS: FLAVOURS May - June

ERBE DEL CASARO (HERBS OF THE DAIRY) Herbs and cheeses of the Brembana Valley Upper Brembana Valley Festival of wild herbs and traditionally made local cheeses.

September

FUNGOLANDIA The mushroom feast of the Brembana Valley Upper Brembana Valley Mushroom foraging and exhibitions, mushroom tasting and typical local products, events in the historic villages, excursions and walks, craft markets and musical evenings: a festival in every sense of the word!

Third Sunday of September, October and November

ANDAR PER VIGNE (VISITING THE VINEYARDS) The wine-producing businesses of Valcalepio A delicious occasion to taste Bergamask wines and typical products, and visit the vineyards and wineries.

September - December

AUTUNNO IN TAVOLA (AUTUMN ON THE TABLE) Food seasons Lake Endine and Lake Iseo Agritourism farms and restaurants offer dishes and typical products from menus prepared for the occasion.

October

EMOTIONS FROM THE WORLD: MERLOT AND CABERNET TOGETHER Valcalepio This exciting challenge is between wines based on Merlot and Cabernet, with tasting events open to the public.


Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Bergamask River Area

Bergamo

Lake Iseo

Cavallina Valley

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

Spas and wellness San Pellegrino, among thermal baths and sophisticated Art Nouveau style Stories of luxury, queens and princes The well-equipped wellness centres centre

Its waters

S.PELLEGRINO MINERAL WATER

Trescore Balneario and its treatment

Sant’Omobono, thermal waters and relaxation


San Pellegrino, among thermal baths and sophisticated Art Nouveau style The most important spa resort in the area, made famous by the sublime quality of its waters, is San Pellegrino Terme. Situated only 25 kilometres from Bergamo, in the midst of mountain scenery in the Brembana Valley, San Pellegrino became a fashionable and very popular resort during the unrepeatable Belle Époque period. Already by the early twentieth century, San Pellegrino Terme was equipped with buildings and services that amazed visitors and helped to spread its fame. The Casino complex dates back to 1904, and has a spectacular entrance, a monumental staircase and very beautiful rooms, including a ballroom. The Spa building alongside, surrounded by gardens, had rooms and porticos in which the abundance of marble, mosaics and splendid windows was accompanied by state-of-the-art spa facilities and services. The colossal Grand Hotel, built in 1905 and with a façade of some 128 metres, overlooks the River Brembo. The art nouveau style was associated with the taste and joy of living of a cosmopolitan society.

Stories of luxury, queens and princes A holiday destination for high society at the beginning of the twentieth century, San Pellegrino offered the best in comfort and luxury. Artists, politicians, entrepreneurs as well as princes and descendents of the various ruling houses came here from all over Europe. The visitors’ book of the Grand Hotel included some of the most grandiose names of the time, including Queen Margherita of Savoy, who was a guest at the beginning of the twentieth century, and later Queen Elena together with Prince Umberto and Princess Maria. The pretext for visiting was the health cures, but the main attraction was the good life, the entertainment and the gaming tables of the Casino. Amid parties, theatre performances, concerts, country walks, coffee and patisseries, the days of elegance and good living passed in a carefree manner. The Casino remained open until 1917, but was then closed, although it continued to be used for shows and performances.

Its waters Excellent for combating kidney stones, liver and digestive conditions, the waters from the springs of San Pellegrino have been known since the Middle ages, but it was only in the eighteenth century that their therapeutic properties were recognised and exploited. Towards the end of the same century and at the beginning of the twentieth century, the town became a first-class thermal centre. The Great War marked a decline in the baths, but the excellent springs were developed further, and today S.Pellegrino bottled water can be found on tables throughout the world.


S.PELLEGRINO MINERAL WATER S.Pellegrino mineral water has become interactive and offers a glimpse of the attractions of Bergamo province from dining tables worldwide by means of QR codes connected to a promotional video of Bergamo and its province. The project, realised in partnership with the Tourism Office of the Provincial Authority of Bergamo, tells the story, through images, of the worldwide success of S.Pellegrino, whose charm is without doubt enhanced by the history and landscapes of the Bergamask valleys.

A series of photos of San Pellegrino Terme: the exterior and interiors of the Casino; historical re-enactments in period costume of noblemen of the Belle Époque. The imposing Grand Hotel, an Art Nouveau building of seven floors that used to play host to princes and queens, and the Brembo river that crosses the beautiful spa town and follows the paths among patisseries, coffee shops and hotels.

Virtual Tour S. Pellegrino Terme


The well-equipped wellness centres Many elegant and qualified wellness centres have appeared in Bergamo and its province. Rest, relaxation, healthy open-air living are the ingredients of a holiday in many of the resorts located throughout the Orobie mountains, from the lakes to the green valleys. A growing number of hotels are adding facilities for the health and relaxation of their customers, and installing modern spa areas. The quality and health-giving features of the environment are also confirmed by the numerous springs of excellent mineral water that are bottled in the Bergamask valleys.


Trescore Balneario and its treatment centre The origins of another very well-known thermal centre are even older. The springs of Trescore Balneario, situated in Val Cavallina and an important connection between Bergamo and Lake Iseo, were probably discovered by the Romans, who exploited the therapeutic properties of the sulphurous waters that emerged in the heart of the valley. These springs continued to be used even after the fall of Rome. One of the most illustrious visitors to the hot springs was Bartolomeo Colleoni, the famous condottiero, who reconstructed the thermal baths in the medieval monastery on the old Roman road that linked the Po plain to the lake and the Camonica Valley. In the nineteenth-century it was used by increasing numbers of guests, and this was due in part to the fame it acquired due to the presence of the several well-known personalities, including Giuseppe Garibaldi. The thermal complex, situated in the centre of a vast park, is today visited by people wishing to receive treatment for respiratory system conditions and diseases of the circulatory system and skin. A visit to nearby Chapel of Villa Suardi, frescoed by Lorenzo Lotto, is an absolute must.

Sant’Omobono, thermal waters and relaxation The thermal resort of Sant’Omobono Imagna, the largest town in the Imagna Valley, is situated in the heart of the Orobie mountains. The properties of its thermal waters were cited for the first time in a monography dated 1772. They are sulphurous waters, which in the last century were considered among the best known at the time. The thermal centre and springs were relaunched when an elegant late nineteenth-century residence, located nearby, was restored. Today this spa with its wellness centre attracts guests in search of relaxation and better health.

Oases of wellness in Bergamo province: the treatment centre of Trescore Balneario and the new and very well-equipped spas in hotels, which offer not only time for relaxation in water or in the numerous saunas and Turkish baths, but also beauty treatments, massages and treatments for correcting imperfections. And now there are also new family spas for the whole family.


Scalve Valley

Brembana Valley

Seriana Valley

Imagna Valley

Lovere

Lake Endine

Bergamask River Area

Bergamo

Lake Iseo

Cavallina Valley

Orio al Serio

Airport

Calepio Valley

Sarnico

Bergamask Plain

Faith and traditions, the power of one’s roots feasts Traditional Bergamask

The Festival of Candles of Almenno San Salvatore

The Sacred Thorn of San Giovanni Bianco

Small gems of spirituality

Sanctuaries: Cornabusa in the Imagna Valley of the good Pope

Never forgotten traditions

The Bergamask

The sanctuary of Caravaggio Events: faith and traditions

The land


feasts Traditional Bergamask There are dozens of sanctuaries in the province of Bergamo: a heritage of faith and traditions that is deeply rooted in the land and its people. Traditional festivals and feasts often accompany religious events, and involve celebrations that feature stalls in church courtyards selling sweets and local products, and kitchens offering traditional Bergamask dishes.

The Festival of Candles of Almenno San Salvatore The traditional “Festa della candelora” (Festival of the Candles), held on 2 February, makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. This ancient ritual in the sanctuary of the Madonna del Castello (Madonna of the Castle), in Almenno San Salvatore, takes place each year and sees a large crowd of worshippers fill the church, where dozens of candles burn brightly. It is believed that the sanctuary was built on the site of a castle which, from above, watched over the river Brembo and the nearby “ponte della Regina” (Queen’s bridge), named after Teodolinda, the Lombard queen.

The Sacred Thorn of San Giovanni Bianco The feast day celebrated in San Giovanni Bianco in the Brembana Valley, on Passion Sunday, two weeks before

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Easter, is part of a very old religious tradition. The parish church houses the relic of the Sacred Thorn worn in 1495 by the knight Vistallo Pignoni in San Giovanni Bianco after the battle of Fornovo sul Taro, in which he took part. Each year a large crowd attends the festival, during which the relic is carried in a procession through the town. Bonfires are lit on the evening before the festival, a firework display is held, and thousand of candles are lit outside the houses..

On the opening page: “La Trinità” (The Trinity) by G.B. Moroni, which can be seen at the Church of San Giuliano in Albino, in the Seriana Valley. On these pages: some of the spectacular sanctuaries of Bergamo province set among the mountains of the Seriana Valley, located in the historic Romanesque area or in the area of lower Lake Iseo. From left: the Madonna del Castello in Almenno, the Abbey of Pontida, the Sanctuary of San Fermo in Credaro on Lake Iseo, the Madonna della Castagna in Bergamo, the Church of San Pantaleone in Grumello del Monte and the courtyard of the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Clusone.


Small gems of spirituality There really are a great many sanctuaries and shrines in the province. Some of the most interesting or rich in art works include: the sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie, situated in the heart of the historic centre of Ardesio, in the upper Seriana Valley, which attracts many visitors due to its splendid decorations. Another very striking place of worship in the Seriana Valley is the sanctuary of San Patrizio, built on a spur of rock near Colzate. The building, which also includes a fourteenth century church, is at the centre of folk tales and legends that speak of a very deep well, which leads from the sanctuary to the River Serio. Another building rich in spirituality and history is the Abbey of Pontida, an exquisite Benedictine monastery founded by Alberto da Prezzate in the twelfth century, and site of the historic oath of 1167. Other more unusual places include the sanctuary of Nostra Signora delle Lacrime (Our Lady of Tears) in Ponte Nossa, which features a embalmed crocodile hanging as a votive offering, or the sanctuary of Sobreno, on the hills of Bergamo, which houses the rib of a mammoth found in the surrounding clay soil, initially worshipped as a relic.


The Bergamask Sanctuaries: Cornabusa in the Imagna Valley There are many well known sanctuaries that are visited by believers throughout the year. The best known in the Orobie area is the sanctuary of Cornabusa, in the Imagna Valley, which has been created inside a large cave (Cornabusa in the Bergamask dialect means rock with a hole) and has its walls covered in votive offerings. This striking place is also the traditional meeting place of emigrants from the area.

The sanctuary of Caravaggio The best known sanctuary in Bergamo province and one of the most visited in Italy is the sanctuary of Caravaggio, situated in the heart of the Bergamask plain. More than two million pilgrims visit the sanctuary each year and congregate in the majestic building situated at the end of a long tree-lined avenue. The sanctuary was built on the site where, in 1432, the Madonna appeared to a women and where, at the same time, crystal clear water began bubbling up from a spring in the ground. The Sacred Spring, situated beneath the main altar, is a central place of worship for the pilgrims. The spring supplies two large ponds in the entrance square, which is surrounded by porticoes where visitors can rest.


The land of the good Pope Another destination for pilgrims is Sotto il Monte, the birthplace of the great Pope John XXIII, who announced the Second Vatican Council and was known as the “Good Pope”. The main destinations in the town are: the farmstead of Angelo Roncalli’s modest family where he was born and grew up, the museum in Ca’ Maitino, where the future Pope liked to stay and where he returned for the last time on the eve of the Conclave that elected him Pope, as well as other places he would visit as a child. Most followers visit the nearby Abbey of Sant’Egidio, which is surrounded by countryside and was particularly dear to Pope John XXIII.

Never forgotten traditions The traditions and ancient values of Bergamask country folk were the protagonists of “L’albero degli zoccoli” (The tree of wooden clogs), a masterpiece of a film made by the director Ermanno Olmi, winner of the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978. This film offers a genuine look at local life and traditions, most of which are still alive today. There is no town and village in Bergamo province, on the plain or in the valleys, where this valuable legacy has not been re-

Virtual Tour of Caravaggio and Sotto il Monte

stored and valorised through ethnography museums and, more recently, the various ecomuseums.

The majestic Sanctuary of Caravaggio and the Sanctuary of Cornabusa, set in rocks. Right: the Romanesque Abbey of Sant’Egidio in Fontanella, an outlying district of Sotto il Monte.


Events: faith and traditions Sunday of Mid-Lent

MID-LENTEN PARADE Bergamo A parade of floats and the traditional burning of the “Old Lady”, the symbolic representation of an evil in society which is burnt to be destroyed.

Sunday 15 days before Easter

FESTIVAL OF THE HOLY THORN San Giovanni Bianco - Brembana Valley In memory of a thorn from the Sacred Crown worn in 1495 by the knight Zignoni, this traditional festival is celebrated with a religious ceremony, procession, feast and bonfires, that recall the coming of spring.

July

MADONNA STELLA MARIS PROCESSION ACCOMPANIED BY ILLUMINATED BOATS Lake Iseo Traditional procession with evocative illuminated boats on the lake and a firework display.

August

INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL Bergamo Different cultures and traditions of different people from around the world meet in Bergamo.


August

FEAST OF SANT ’ALESSANDRO Bergamo Many initiatives dedicated to the patron saint of Bergamo: guided tours, concerts and markets, which accompany the religious celebrations.

First weekend of September

ISOLA FOLK Isola bergamasca (Bergamask river area) Folk songs and dancing from all over Italy animate the streets of the Bergamask river area – to end summer in great style.

End November - end December

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Lower Bergamo Food and craft products, sweets and gift ideas for Christmas and the Epiphany.

December

FEAST OF SANTA LUCIA Sentierone - Lower Bergamo The city lights up with the joy of children during the Feast of Saint Lucy, who according to tradition brings toys and sweets to good children.


TRADE FAIRS AND CONFERENCES Bergamo is a people-oriented city that is well suited to organising and holding meetings and conferences. Bergamo and its province offer structures for managing business meetings thanks to the presence throughout the area of quality partners able to offer the services necessary to organise high level conferences. The Trade Fair Centre of Bergamo is situated in a strategic position: near the city, Orio al Serio Airport and the motorway exit. This centre holds trade fairs, events, concerts, shows and conferences. The building’s congress centre is able to hold conferences in halls equipped for up to 440 people, and offers versatile and multifunctional exhibition areas with 16,000 m2 of covered space. The centre is managed by Ente Fiera Promoberg, who organises the principal trade fairs in Bergamo.

Learn more about Promoberg


The main fairs dedicated to the tourism sector are: NO FRILLS - Tourism Trade Fair Second half of September Trade Fair specialised in new tourism market trends, which is open to sector professionals only. ALTA QUOTA - Mountain Trade Fair Beginning of October “Alta Quota� is a trade fair on everything connected to the mountains: from tourist offers to new products in the specialised equipment field. Open to the public. Another building that offers services for meetings and conferences is the Giovanni XXIII Congress Centre, located in the city centre and equipped with twelve multi-functional rooms that can hold up to a 1,600 people. The combined experience of the Giovanni XXIII Congress Centre and Ente Fiera Promoberg has given rise to the Bergamo Convention Bureau: a non-profit association specialised in providing advice to companies on the organisation of conventions and events, both nationally and internationally. In addition to the Bergamo Trade Fair Centre and the Giovanni XXIII Congress Centre, many other accommodation facilities in Bergamo and province are equipped with both small and large meeting rooms.


Hotels and quality marks Bergamo, a quality holiday Bergamo province is a hospitable land with accommodation facilities that can satisfy the needs of every tourist and solutions that are truly suited to every “taste”. These range from genuine hotels to bed and breakfasts, hostels to campsites, mountain refuges to agritourism farms, guest houses and holiday homes. These are facilities that are welcoming and, above all, certified, since the Chamber of Commerce of Bergamo has for some time been promoting three Quality Marks – “Hotel di Qualità” (Hotels of Quality), “Q-Ospitalità Italiana” and “Bergamo Charme” – with the aim of improving the accommodation system in the Bergamo area. The “Hotel di Qualità” mark is awarded to hotels that offer a high standard of service to their guests. In Bergamo city and province, hotels displaying the “Hotel di Qualità” mark are selected and monitored each year directly by the Chamber of Commerce, thereby representing a symbol of hotel quality in the eyes of the guest. The “Bergamo Charme” mark is worth a particular mention. It was created to promote quality hospitality and valorise the local architectural heritage. Awarded to the world of small-scale guest accommodation, this mark qualifies tourist accommodation in important buildings such as residences of particular environmental charm, old country houses, historic villas and residences, apartments in buildings of considerable architectural importance, and buildings in urban contexts of significant historical value. Finally, to specifically distinguish agricultural businesses in the province of Bergamo, “Q-Ospitalità Italiana” is a mark that Lombard agritourism farms have adopted voluntarily to guarantee the quality of the products and services they offer. All these excellent accommodation facilities are just a click away! On the website of Turismo Bergamo - www.turismo.bergamo.it - a unified system of on-line booking enables visitors to book their overnight stay in a convenient, safe and fast manner. This simple, direct e-booking service confirms Bergamo as a forward-thinking city in terms of hospitality.


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information Turismo Bergamo is the trademark of the Agency for development and tourist promotion of the province of Bergamo, and the organisation appointed to coordinate tourist promotion activities in Bergamo and its province. Thanks to its operational and commercial role in managing incoming tourism, it is the main contact for all professionals in the sector.

TURISMO BERGAMO OFFICES AIRPORT OFFICE Via Aeroporto,13 - 24050 - Orio al Serio (BG) Tel. +39 035 320402 - Fax +39 035 312369 orio@turismo.bergamo.it www.turismo.bergamo.it CENTRAL OFFICE V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII, 57 c/o Urban Center - 24121 Bergamo Tel +39 035 230640 - Fax +39 035 230960 info@turismo.bergamo.it - www.turismo.bergamo.it

TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES BERGAMO I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE LOWER BERGAMO V.le Papa Giovanni XXIII, 57 c/o Urban Center - 24121 Bergamo Tel. +39 035 210204 - Fax +39 035 230184 turismo1@comune.bg.it - www.comune.bergamo.it BERGAMO I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE UPPER BERGAMO Torre del Gombito, Via Gombito, 13 24129 - Bergamo Tel. +39 035 242226 - Fax +39 035 242994 turismo@comune.bg.it - www.comune.bergamo.it

ALMENNO I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Via Papa Giovanni XXIII 24030 - Almenno San Bartolomeo (BG) Tel. +39 035 548634 - Fax +39 035 548634 info@iatvalleimagna.com - www.iatvalleimagna.com ALTO SEBINO I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Piazza XIII Martiri - 24065 - Lovere (BG) Tel. +39 035 962178 - Fax +39 035 962525 iat.altosebino@tiscali.it - www.comune.lovere.bg.it MARTINENGO and COMPRENSORIO I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Via Tadino,1 - 24057 - Martinengo (BG) Tel. +39 0363 986031- Fax +39 0363 986031 info@iatmartinengo.it - www.iatmartinengo.it BREMBANA valley I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Via S. Carlo, 4 - 24016 - San Pellegrino Terme (BG) Tel. +39 0345 21020 - Fax +39 0345 23344 ufficioturistico@vallebrembana.bg.it www.vallebrembana.bg.it BASSO SEBINO I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Via Lantieri, 6 - 24067 - Sarnico (BG) Tel. +39 035 910900 - Fax +39 035 4261334 info@prolocosarnico.it - www.prolocosarnico.it

ALTOPIANO DI SELVINO - AVIATICO I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Corso Milano, 19 - 24020 - Selvino (BG) Tel. +39 035 764250 - Fax +39 035 765928 apt@comunediselvino.it - www.comunediselvino.it SOTTO IL MONTE ISOLA BERGAMASCA I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Via IV Novembre, 1 - 24039 - Sotto il Monte (BG) Tel. +39 035 790902 - Fax +39 035 790902 info@iatsottoilmonte.it - www.iatsottoilmonte.it VAL CAVALLINA I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Via Suardi, 20 - 24069 - Trescore Balneario (BG) Tel. +39 035 944777 - Fax +39 035 8364548 info@prolocotrescore.it - www.prolocotrescore.it TREVIGLIO and districts I.A.T. TOURIST OFFICE Via Piazza Cameroni, 3 - 24047 - Treviglio (BG) Tel. +39 0363 45466 - Fax +39 0363 595559 info@prolocotreviglio.it - www.prolocotreviglio.it UPPER SERIANA VALLEY AND SCALVE VALLEY TOURIST OFFICE Via Europa 111/c - 24028 - Ponte Nossa (BG) Tel +39 035 704063 - Fax +39 035 704063 info@valseriana.bg.it - www.valseriana.bg.it

Credits Texts: Pino Capellini and Turismo Bergamo. Translations: Juliet Halewood. Photo: Sisterscom.com; Turismo Bergamo; D. Salvi; Carlo Riva; M. Mazzoleni; Lapi; Accademia Carrara; J.Ruediger; P.Ardiani; K.Snelgrove; Circolo Fotografico Marianese; B. Avogadri; J.Stolzenburg; J.Nolla Borrell; E.Cirulli; A.Carpenter; B.Caurant; U.Martinez Vicente; V.Fidanza; M.Patelli; Proloco Trescore; R.Belotti; M.Mazzoleni; Gamec; Fondazione Bergamo e storia; Museo Archeologico; Museo Bernareggi; Gherardi; Ecomuseo Val Taleggio; Ecomuseo Valtorta; Strada Verde; Promoisola; Fondazione Polli-Stoppani; Museo Gandino; Artemisi; N.Permpunya; U.Franchini; Agripromo; Cascina del Francès; M. Rosenberg; Silva; Consorzio Tutela Moscato di Scanzo; M.Quaranta; G. Giupponi; Bremboski; Golf Club “L’Albenza”; G.S.B. Le Nottole; Max Barro; Hotel Milano Alpen Spa; Terme di Trescore; Tata-o Family Spa; G. Bonomelli; Navigazione Lago d’Iseo; www.cartoguide.it; Cometa Press; CAI Bergamo; Linoolmostudio; Cooraltur; M.Bellini.

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