Nature and art among valleys and peaks
The Bergamasque Alps extend north of Bergamo and boast a flourishing landscape and rich natural heritage.
You can hike through the Seriana, Imagna and Brembana valleys and stop at the mountain huts scattered along the trails. You will find yourself immersed in deciduous and spruce forests and meadows blossoming with summer flowers. Alpine fauna also thrives in this ideal habitat. The jewel in the crown of the Orobie Bergamasche Park is the Aprica Alpine Eco-Wildlife Observatory, where you can observe countless species in their natural environment: chamois, deer, ibex, marmots, white partridges, golden eagles and the western capercaillie, the symbol of the Park.
In Valbondione, you can admire the Serio Waterfalls, the highest waterfalls in Italy. Also not to be missed are the Scalve Valley, home to the Dezzo Gorge carved into the rock, and the Taleggio Valley, where the Enna stream flows.
The Bergamasque Alps offer not only breathtaking high mountain views, but also fantastic art. In the centre of Clusone, for example, you can find the medieval Oratorio dei Disciplini building, with its extraordinary fresco depicting the Triumph of Death. In the upper Seriana Valley, you can enjoy the beauty of the towns Ardesio and Gromo. Sedrina, in the Brembana Valley, hosts the wonderful altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto. You are sure to be enchanted by the Art Nouveau gems in San Pellegrino, famous for its thermal baths.
Most of these destinations are accessible by car from Bergamo, in about one and a half hours. Alternatively, you can take a two-hour bus trip from the Bergamo train station.