Among UNESCO sites, mountains, villages and water.
Starting from the shelter Colombé in Cimbergo. An awe-inspiring trip among many farmhouses and renovated chalets, fountains, forever watched over by the imposing Concarena. The route, although not many kilometres rises rapidly, but you can always stop at a shelter on the way and enjoy the magnificent setting surrounded by the awe-inspiring mountains. Continuing and even struggling a little and maybe resorting to pushing the bike by hand for some distance, you will be rewarded by tasting the "Fiorit" in a mountain hut, or buying the homemade cheese for your arrival at the mountaintop shelter Colombé. And if you so wish, here you can find the hidden jewel. Amid cliffs and engravings in this spectacular environment the specialist guide will tell us and show us the signs revealing the incredible story of this place.
Places untouched by time. Two coasts that look so different but compliment each other!
Riding along one side of Lake Iseo, we will board the ferry with our bikes and cross to the island to one of the villages which is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Montisola is the biggest inhabited lake island in Europe, once known for its production of fishing nets and today for the production of the LigurianGozzo (hand-made wooden boat), the delicious salami and sardines in oil. We will continue our tour by exploring this beautiful island. Want to get to the top of the island at 415 mtrs high, combining mountain and lake? Here on the summit we will find the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ceriola.
Would you like to cycle along the eastern shore of the lake, take the ferry across to Montisola, keep pedalling and return via the westside of the lake, or vice the versa? Maybe you'd like to eat fresh lake fish (Corregone) or sardines and pollenta? Or would you prefer to enjoy a pizza? One thing you need to know, you’ll be returning for dinner at the lakesideby lamplight!
If you would like to cycle completely around the whole lake be prepared to ride for 64kms. If it seems too much, don’t worry; we can stop as many times as you like in one of the many lakeside villages or some small towns.
After leaving from the main square in the Port of Lovere, you will cycle through the streets of the old town, including what was once the main street, discovering the delights of this beautiful Italian town, which is part of the group of the most beautiful towns and villages in Italy. Then, proceeding along a short stretch of asphalt road you will arrive at the mouth of the river Oglio, set amongst meadows and fields of corn. Immersed in greenery with the slow flow of the river at your side you can stop at a gravel-lake for a drink or even book a grilled lunch or taste the famous "casoncelli" or as the locals say: "Casonsèi".
Bossico, Valle di Scalve.....................................
One day a friend told me, "when you get to this place time seems to stand still." Bossico is a wonder! Whilst protecting their traditions and the environment the people of Bossico (the Bossiches) are developing a particular type of tourism caring about their environment. Following paths in the pine forest, continuously taking us up and down, we will reach the top of the hill and be rewarded with a breath-taking view of the lake and mountains. Barbecue and picnic areas can be found for those who would like to eat al-fresco. Would you rather eat in a restaurant where good food is guaranteed? Do you want to buy excellent cheese from one of the many local farms? Or see a series of historic villas built mainly by the tradesmen from the Sebina area? If there is a, "whynot"? It is worth explorin the reasons why they have been built here!
1 - Scalve Valley - Vivione pass 1,827 mt
(Total cycling 40 km, altitude difference of 900/1000 mtrs ascending and descending. Asphalt road and dirt tracks set in spectacular landscape.)
We will follow the small river Dezzo and climb in altitude until we reach our starting point. From here, after a short distance we will arrive at an attractive pine forest and continue on the track until we join the road leading to the Pass. This is a beautiful area for those who enjoy alpine skiing. When descending I'll show you something particular designed by an artist that I really like! If you feel like tasting tagliatelle (ribbon noodles) with roe deer sauce or pizzoccheri or Bergamo casoncelli, or braised steak with polenta or stinco (shin of pork), here you will be satisfied! If the day for you is still long and you love minerals / fossils you might like to visit the old mining park or maybe go on a guided tour of a mountain dairy taking home a small formaggella (homemade cheese), just let me know!
2 - Scalve Valley towards another pass. Which one? Come and find out!
The route is partially on asphalt road and partially on dirt tracks.
3 -Scalve Valley
The route is almost all on dirt tracks, including a short grassy slope, a good workout. About 25kms in total. If the weather holds and you like to look around you, for sure, you will return satisfied!