Starting from Zogno and arriving in Piazza Brembana, this delightful cycle route opens up the vast natural and cultural heritage of the Brembana Valley for discovery.The path, weaving its way through breathtaking natural surroundings, was largely created by utilizing a disused railway which was interrupted on March 17th 1966 after 60 years of service. With the beauty of the mountains and foothills for company the route passes close to villages and towns in isolated locations, such as Oneta or Cornello dei Tasso where time seems to stand still while exuding a remote charm,. The main towns have centres where you can important monuments of art, among which is the sumptuous San Pellegrino Spa built in Art Nouveau style. One of the cycle path’s great attractions is its historic tunnels which have been specially restored and illuminated. A truly unforgettable experience.
If faced with a spirit of adventure and with the right enthusiasm , this corner of Brembana Valley will remain among your fondest biking memories." The wild Val Parina " without deviation follows the path marked CAI 259 which from Zorzone leads to Piani di Scalvino. The start is in the Via Piazzo car park in San Pellegrino Terme. Follow the Brembana Valley cycle path to Ambria then turn into the Serina Valley navigating the characteristic gorges towards Passo di Zambla. Cross Algua and Serina, continue onto Oltre il Colle in the direction of Zorzone. A downhill dirt road leads through the woods to the junction with the CAI path. Go past the white chapel of Petta and continue to the farm cottages in Prati Parina. Continue to Scalvino where you must deal the most technical stretch. At the terminus of the old railway continue on to Bocca di Parina, then go through a sandy clearing up the hill to the holiday-farm Ferdy . The cycle path brings you back to the starting point.
This route in mid-valley Brembana makes a wonderful circuit of Mount Gioco the mountain overlooking San Pellegrino Terme. From the car park in Via Piazzo you ride on the cycle path passing alongside the Grand Hotel until you reach Cà de Rizzi where you leave the path in the direction Antea. Cycle, enjoying the great beauty, towards Santa Croce and Salvarizza. Above this small hamlet a road with a natural backdrop takes you into the woods where (just before Tribulina) there is a junction which marks the beginning of the circuit around Monte Gioco. Travelling through Cà Filippo to Forcella di Spettino you reach a vantage point with a view of the cross on the summit of the mountain. Descend the Asnera valley towards Corone before continuing towards Lepreno and climbing to Tribulina where this beautiful circumnavigation of the mountain ends. Descend to Salvarizza and Santa Croce where the mule track to San Pellegrino starts and brings you back to the cycle path behind the Grand Hotel.
Mountain Shelter Capanna 2000 – path of flowers - Vedra Valley
This scenic trail, in the form of a loop, follows the slopes of Mount Arera, one the most famous peaks in the Prealps. From the mountain shelter of Capanna 2000 you ride in a colourful high-mountain-botanical environment, then down along the solitary Vedra Valley passing grazing herds in the meadows. From the main square in Oltre il Colle climb towards Zambla Alta and then veer towards Arera and Plassa passing a wooden artistic structure next to the mountain shelter of S.A.B.A. From the parking area a wide trail leads up to the mountain shelter Capanna 2000 where the famous ‘Sentiero dei fiori’ begins. This path marked CAI 222 runs at high altitude in beautiful habitat with a magnificent rainbow of flowers. On the opposite slope, take path CAI 231 to Lake Branchino, descend along the ridge towards Casera di Vedro coming to the hut named Baite Zuccone and continue to Pian Bracca. Pass Chapel Forcella where the tarmacked trail brings you to the end of this loop at Oltre il Colle.
This route forms of a loop and follows the slopes of Mount Arera and Mount Grem, two famous Orobian peaks. From Valpiana ride towards Oltre il Colle and then Zambla Alta, pass Plassa and a wooden artistic structure, continue on to the mountain shelter S.A.B.A where a wide path starts leading you up to Capanna 2000. From the shelter follow the CAI 237 path, take the track leading to the Zuccone of Grem hut. Pass mountain hut Camplano and amongst the meadows and blooms of edelweiss push your bike up to the summit of Mount Grem where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Orobian Prealps. Once back on the path remount and keeping left ride on the 263 along a short grassy ridge towards mountain hut Mistri. Keeping to the opposite ridge towards the Terza Baita di Grem descend along a track towards two houses. Following the CAI 223 you reach Sinele, take the track back to Passo di Zambla. Return to Valpiana along the cross-country skiing piste through Pian della Palla and Pian della Mussa.
This itinerary takes you through various hamlets around San Giovanni Bianco and Dossena and creates a loop. From the bridge over the Brembo there is an slight ascent towards San Pietro d'Orzio and Grumo where the incline becomes more noticeable until the white Church of San Rocco where you leave the road and enter the woods. The path is mainly flat with only the occasional up or down obstacle to negotiate as you continue past a beautiful panoramic vantage point of mid-Brembana Valley on your way to towards the old mine. From here, near the seat of manufacture of reinforced concrete of the ex-mine, the incline is less pronounced. Pass the metal barrier and take the unpaved road which leads upwards to the higher parts of Dossena. Pass the hamlet, continue on the flat and take the path which enters the pine wood and you reach a shrine where the descent begins. The next stretch enters the woods and leads to the small church named Chiesetta della SS Trinità from where you take an abandoned mule track named after the Rolling Stones. You quickly reach the village of San Gallo from where you take the mule track which will lead you back to San Giovanni Bianco
The itinerary begins near to the main station of the ex-railway in San Pellegrino Terme,. Following the cycle path (ex-railway) northwards you cross the River Brembo and reach San Giovanni Bianco. During this stretch the modern day illumination installed in the old tunnels of the ex-railway offers enchanting light-play. Between tunnels you glimpse the houses of the historic hamlet of Cornello dei Tasso. At Camerata Cornello the cycle path ends and you once again cross the River Brembo heading towards Portiera and begin to climb toward the area of the old mine. Here you pass the metal barrier and continue along the unpaved road which leads to Dossena where you pedal down towards Corone, following the signs for Lepreno. After the village take the farm track which traverses the entire slope of Mount Gioco until you reach a small chapel where the descent starts. You are now able to reach the village of Santa Croce where, once past the church a beautiful mule track descends and takes you back to San Pellegrino.
This route on the slopes of the mountains above San Pellegrino Terme takes you adventuring into mid-valley Brembana. From the car park in Via Piazzo you cycle on the former railway which is today a cycle path, pass the Grand Hotel and continue towards Cà de Rizzi and San Giovanni Bianco. Follow directions for Cornalita and reach Val Grande passing ' Terre rosse ', you then descend along an animal track to Fuipiano al Brembo. Here you can enjoy beautiful scenic views of the valley before passing between Paccacorna, Cà Brusàde, Alino, Vettarola and Cà Nova, then climb up the side of Mount Molinasco to Sussia. The itinerary then descends past Santella di Madrera to the Borlezza Valley. A dirt road parallel to the river takes you to Aplecchio before continuing to the small bridge of the old funicular railway. Further down you arrive at the casino where you can admire its walls, before crossing the bridge and passing behind the Grand Hotel which brings this beautiful route to a close.
This itinerary takes place on a long stretch of the ‘Path of Flowers’ which is one of the most interesting naturalist itineraries of the Bergamasque Prealps. From Camerata Cornello, Orbrembo, the route leads you through the hamlets of Dossena, the area of the old mine, Serina and Oltre il Colle, all the way to Zambla Alta and Plassa. This stretch not only offers truly beautiful views of the surrounding mountains but also the Tree Cathederal, which merits a stop. Through various stetches of woods and short unridable parts you reach first Saba Mountain Lodge and then Capanna 2000 Mountain Lodge where the Path of Flowers begins and as the name suggests, in June and July you can admire countless blooms. The second part of this itinerary takes place towards Passo (mountain pass) Branchino and offers charming views of Lake Branchino which is where, on the opposite slope from the mountains shelters of Mezzeno, the long descent begins. As you arrive at the head of the valley you pass Roncobello high up and then traverse its hamlets; Baresi, Bordogna and Cantoni. Near to the Sanctuary, Madonna della Coltura you re join the Brembana Valley cycle path completing this ample loop.
This route on the slopes of the mountains above San Pellegrino Terme takes you adventuring into mid-valley Brembana. From the car park in Via Piazzo you cycle on the former railway which is today a cycle path, passing the Grand Hotel and continuing towards Cà de Rizzi and San Giovanni Bianco. Leave the cycle path and push your bike for a few metres up along the side a house on a mule track you reach the road above which takes you to Fuipiano al Brembo. Cycling through the hamlets of Paccacorna and Cà Brusade you enjoy an excellent view of the valley. From Alino you ascend and begin a path which is signed on the left and will take you climbing up the Borlezza valley. At a juncture you descend and pass the old entrance to the “dream caves” (grotte del sogno).Continue to Aplecchio before twisting down to the hamlet of Paradiso and in turn the small bridge of the old funicular railway. Pass the casino and cross the bridge to end this beautiful itinerary by cycling past the Grand Hotel.
From the car park in Via Piazzo you coast along the cycle path next to the river Brembo towards Ambria until you reach Zogno. Here take the tree-lined street to Piazza Italy where you start the long climb that leads to San Antonio Abbandonato. Continue on the right towards Catremerio, a hamlet which has remained intact over many years until reaching Santella di Grosnello. From here the trail begins and takes you down through beech woods and meadows to Sussia. First descend on a technical trail through Madrera Santella and then continue on a flat-surfaced path which cuts along the side of the mountain to the Borlezza valley. Eventually you come to Aplecchio and down a long flight of steps in a meadow to the village of Paradiso. After the old funicular railway bridge you take the mule track to San Pellegrino Terme, it ends with a series of steps which meet the walls of the casino. Cross the bridge and ride behind the Grand Hotel to the car park brings this beautiful excursion to a close.
This trail forms a loop and enjoys the peaceful valley of Manzo with its sun drenched meadows and a beautiful view of Serina and its mountains. On the return leg while descending towards the steam Serina you find its springs. From the car park in Serina cycle towards the centre of the town following the signs for Lepreno. After passing Cinque Stalle you reach the spring named Manzo, here the hard climb on a tarmacked road up to the company Al del Mans begins. You continue to climb reaching a house in the woods, take a path between dry-stone walls which takes you onto the final ascent where occasionally you have to dismount before reaching the intersection with the 598A CAI path of Monte Gioco. There is a magnificent view from the village of Corone. Once past the nuclear of the houses keep left and descend the wooded slope taking a track to the spring in Serina, cross the bridge and reach the sports centre. Cycling towards the old historic centre brings this loop to a close.
This route begins by following the cycle path and takes you in a northerly direction amongst the hamlets of and Camerata Cornello. This inspiring route takes you through the tunnels of the valley’s ex-railway with their modern day lighting enchanting you as go, glimpsing the houses of the historic hamlet of Cornello dei Tasso. Leave the cycle path at Cornello, cross the River Brembo towards Portiera and you begin to climb to the area of the old mine, on the way you’ll pass a beautiful vantage points. Follow the track for a couple of kilometres until the descent commences which is also a stretch of the a medieval-trader route which connected Bergamo with Valtellina. Navigate the small hamlets of the village of Bosco, pass the white Church of Saint Rocco and Grumo and continue downhill until reaching the cycle path once again. This concludes the loop and takes you back to San Giovanni Bianco.