Bergamo; hiking along ancient trade routes 8 days / 7 nights or tailor made
The ancient city of Bergamo is situated in the hills fringing the plains of the river Po. Further up north the mountains rise as high as 1150 m., leaving behind the bustling activity of the flat lands and giving way to the intimate quietness of woods and alpine pasture.
In ancient days the Via Mercatorum connected the city of Bergamo with the northerly. The tour roughly follows the traces of this trade route and sections of it are still there as if time never passed; beating the track over the old pavement under the green foliage feels like walking in the
The tour runs from the city through the quiet hills from which you gradually work your way up into the mountains.
None the less the mountainous surroundings, uphill climbs are limited and the walk, running over forest tracks, unpaved roads and small asphalt stretches is fairly easy going. Not everywhere the route is signed and sometimes it will take a bit of attention finding direction by following the written indications. GPS-tracks are available on request. Maximum difference in altitude is about 500 m. a day. The route back towards Bergamo from the most northern lodging runs along the river Brembo, following a former railway section, now a surfsaced cycle/foot path passing, through the village of San Pellegrino, known for its thermal baths.
It is possible extending the tour by booking extra nights in the city or in the countryside.
Shortening the tour is also possible. See here what the options are.
Accommodations and meals
The first night in Bergamo you will stay in a B&B in the beautiful ancient city; the musea and and the cappuccini in the bar around the corner instantly make you forget your ordinary life. Lodging in Bergamo is based B&B; dinner is excluded but there are -excellent- restaurants nearby.
Lodging in the mountains is full board. Places are all different style but very hospitable, situated on beautiful spots.
You will stay -in order- in a typical village hotel-bar where the locals come for their morning coffee and aperitifs, a lovely situated agriturismo (farmer stay) that keeps goats and is part of a foundation working for the (socialy) indigence, a fabulous B&B (just find out!) and again an agriturismo, situated on top of a hill overlooking Bergamo and the stretch you’ve covered the preceding days.
Naturally, the agriturismi prepare their plain but tasty dishes using home grown and self produced ingredients.
As hikers that did the tour said; it's the accommodations that turns the tour in a very special experience!
In the agriturismi, on day 3 and 6, you have to share the bathroom.
On walking days you will be provided with a packed lunch.
Period and price
The tour can be started every day of the week from Mid April until October except on Tuesdays.
accommodation based bed and breakfast (7x), luggage transport, lunch on walking days (5x), all dinners except in Bergamo (5x),
description of the routes (in English or Dutch), maps, background information.
GPS-Tracks on request.
Getting there, city taxes, lunch on the days you stay in the same lodging two nights running and on the day of arrival and departure,
dinners in Bergamo.