The Orobie Path - www.sentierodelleorobie.it
The Sentiero delle Orobie 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 wild life 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
Iin 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.