If you are looking for ideas for easy bike itineraries in Bergamo and its surroundings, there is a new point of reference: Gorlago. The village about 15 km from Bergamo is becoming an ideal hub for exploring by bike Lands of the bishopric, an area that goes from the hills of Scanzo to Lake Iseo.
There are 6 routes from Gorlagoto be considered a starting point for cycle tourism experiences
You ride in little-known places far from the beaten track, linked to fascinating stories and respectable food and wine.
Bergamo and surroundings by bike: 6 routes from Gorlago
I’m gorging? Yes, Gorlago, one small Lombard village with a noble past, Bordered by the Cherio river, just 15 km from Bergamo, which marks the border between the plain and the gentle hills of the Terre del Vescovado, it is one of these places. With great foresight and passion, he decided to start a process of valorisation of the historic center and some of its areas, also in order to balance your assetsmaking it a resource for the local economy and for those who love slow tourism, to be experienced by bicycle or for a pleasant outing to discover unexpected wonders.
These are 6 tracks from 5 to 71 kilometers suitable for everyone: from the route around the historic center to the significant difference in height of the tour towards Lake Iseo.
The tracks present on the app Chest of drawers they can be followed in a totally independent way, but during the year the activities related to “Hidden plots” also include the organization of outings accompanied by professional guides and with the possibility of renting suitable e-bikes.
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1. Hidden Textures: Art, Nature, and Pedals
A 5-kilometre route with no particular height differences. An itinerary that explores the historic center of Gorlago and all its points of interest, also skirting the Malmera, Montecchi and Colle degli Angeli parks. Points of interest: Cascina degli Alpini, the parks, churches and villas of the ancient village of Gorlago.
2. The Romanesque of the lower Val Cavallina
An easy route of approx 19 kilometers with 200 meters in altitude, mostly asphalt. A ring itinerary that leads to the discovery of the Romanesque architecture of the lower Val Cavallina, retracing the Romanesque bicycle tour created by inValcavallina and Terre del Vescovado.
Points of interest: the church of Sant’Andrea and the ancient village of Gorlago, the Romanesque churches of Balneario Trescorethe Lupi Castle of Cenate Sotto and the Romanesque churches of San Paolo d’Argon.
3. The hills of Bergamo and Moscato
A path of medium difficulty of approx 58 kilometers with 540 meters of elevation gain mostly asphalt.
A ring itinerary that allows you to discover the hills where the precious is born Moscato di Scanzo going as far as the Venetian walls, in the heart of the city of Bergamo, along one of the four routes that make up the Four-leaf clover cycle tourism of the Terre del Vescovado.
Points of interest: the ancient village of Gorlago, the hills of Moscato di Scanzo, the Upper Town and the Venetian Walls of Bergamo, the Lower Town, the Serio Regional Park.
4. The castles of Bartolomeo Colleoni
A path of medium difficulty of approx 60 kilometers with 230 meters in altitude which alternates between paved stretches and long stretches of dirt cycle paths.
It is a ring itinerary that follows the Serio river up to the castles of the lower Bergamo plain, where the famous leader Bartolomeo Colleoni lived, and which develops along one of the four routes that make up the cycling four-leaf clover of the Bishopric lands.
Points of interest: the ancient village of Gorlago and its castle, the Serio River Regional Park, the castles of Malpaga and Cavernago, the Camozzi Vertova castle.
5. Mount Misma and the Argon hills
Challenging route of approx 46 kilometers with 770 meters in altitude which alternates between paved stretches and long stretches of dirt cycle paths.
Ring itinerary, along one of the four routes that make up the Four-leaf clover cycle tourism of the Terre del Vescovadoleading from the slopes of the Monte Misma fup to the top of Colle d’Argon, which overlooks a breathtaking panorama. The route has uphill and downhill sections that require moderate technical skills and the use of a suitable mountain bike or gravel bike. Points of interest: the ancient village of Gorlago, churches and sanctuaries on the Argon hills and on Monte Misma, the panorama and view of the Po Valley.
6. Lake Iseo
Particularly demanding route of approx 71 kilometers with 1250 meters in altitude which alternates paved stretches with long technical stretches on cycle paths and dirt paths
The ring itinerary goes as far as Lake Iseo, along one of the four routes that make up the Four-leaf clover cycle tourism of the Terre del Vescovado. The route has uphill and downhill sections that require moderate technical skills and the use of a mountain bike or a suitable gravel bike.
Points of interest: the ancient village of Gorlago, the hills of Argon, Lake Iseo, the southern slopes of Monte Misma.
How to get to Gorlago in a green way
Gorlago can be easily reached by public transport, using the Ferrovie Nord, from Bergamo and Brescia stations. The useful stop is Montello Gorlago.
The treasures of Gorlago between history, art and nature
To understand a little better the spirit of “Hidden plots” and what this small village of medieval origin hides, it is worth knowing a few details of its past. In a once strategic position, Gorlago boasts a past rich in art and history, which sees the lives of prelates, patriots, nobles and artists intertwined: the foundation of the free Municipality dates back, in fact, to around 1000/1100 and several citizens of Gorlago were among the first consuls of Bergamo.
Of that past, sometimes enthralling and sometimes too busy, villas remain refined colonnades, elegant parks and gardens, churches adorned with frescoes and Renaissance canvases, which dialogue with the present and return a palimpsest that invites you to deepen the particularity of its overlaps. Among its treasures, for example, are: the Romanesque church of Sant’Andrea which reveals medieval views and atmospheres; the precious traces of the Bergamo Renaissance with the works of Giovan Battista Moroni; the late 19th century atmospheres of the sitting rooms of the Siotto Pintor and Bolis villas. Some buildings are private and can be visited on special occasions: it is still worth observing them even from the outside in order to appreciate their atmosphere and particularities.
Nature and parks around Gorlago
From a naturalistic point of view, the Malmera, Montecchi and Colle degli Angeli local park of supra-municipal interest is a precious resource: a protected area that allows you to immerse yourself in luxuriant nature, accompanied by the sound of flowing water.
The choice of the bike as a key element of the Gorlago revaluation process is also linked to the particular position of the village: it is the crossroads of numerous cycling itineraries, such as the Bergamo-Brescia cycle route and the road that leads from Val Cavallina to Camonica Valley, continuing on to Munich. The new Parco Moroni, also equipped with columns for recharging e-bikes, is a point of reference for cycle tourists, from there you can set off to explore the Terre del Vescovado and its surroundings, reaching as far as the hills of Bergamo and the lower Val Seriana or pedaling among the hills of the Valcalepio and along the Serio river, arriving to spot the castles of the famous leader Bartolomeo Colleoni.