A tourist resort since the second half of the nineteenth century located at about 850 meters above sea level, between the Borlezza Valley and Lake Iseo, Bossico offers a variety of excursions all year round. In spring the first blossoms and in summer the rich flora invite you to visit this beautiful plateau, where you can relax on the meadows, admiring old farmhouses, grazing animals and the fabulous landscape.
WHAT TO SEE
The Historical Villas – Built by the bourgeoisie in the nineteenth century, these villas are located on the plateau and are named after the Seven Hills of Rome and typical Garibaldian locations. Starting from the main square of the village, following a guided tour with the help of information boards, it is possible to discover its history and curiosities.
Parish Church of Saints Pietro and Paolo – the church stands at the entrance of the village, opening onto the main square and presumably dates back to 1500 A.D. The high altar is of great importance for its polychrome inlaid marbles.
Church of S. Rocco – dated around 1500 A.D., it is located at the end of Via Bonomelli, just after the old wash house.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The Breath of the Wood – In a clearing in the woods, the Meditation Corner has been created, a quiet place where you feel comfortable and where the mind will not be distracted. The trees, the view of the sky and the sounds of nature are of great help to get in touch with your inner self and relax. A notice board shows you the basic techniques of relaxation and hammocks welcome you in the brushwood. Some holistic events are organised during summer.
Il pane di patate (potato bread) – This is a good, healthy bread that was once eaten with cheese or salami, lard or honey, jam, butter and sugar or dipped in wine. It is the bread that speaks of the past, of the people from Bossico and of their identity.
Formaggella of Bossico – Cheese with a very delicate and characteristic flavour, obtained from the aromas of the forage used to feed the cows. The white and dense curds in the moulds, matured for more than six months, acquire a more robust taste.
SPORT AND EXCURSIONS
Trails for all tastes and all legs! The Bossico plateau is the starting point for many hiking and mountain bike tours accompanied by breathtaking panoramic views, to free your mind amidst an enchanting nature.
- Loc. Pila – Loc. Chiosco: 600 m – 15 min.
- Loc. Pila – Pozza d’Ast (Chiesetta dei Caduti): 1.7 km – 45 min.
- Loc. Pila – Loc. Pozza d’Ast (passando dal Sentiero dei Cavalli): 3 km – 1h
- Loc. Pila – Loc. Pozza d’Ast – Colle San Fermo: 4.2 km – 1h40
- Colle San Fermo – Rifugio Magnolini: 4.5 km – 2h
- Tre Santelle e Fontanino: 1.7 km – 45 min.
- Bossico – San Giovanni in Monte Cala: 3.1 km – 45 min.
- Bossico – Ceratello: 3.4 km – 1h
Please refer to the hiking map on bossico.com
Nordic Walking Park – there are three signposted routes for N.W. enthusiasts: an easy ring route, a second medium-difficulty ring route, from which halfway through there is a variant that ends in front of a panorama that fills the eyes and the heart with joy; and a third and final route, which starts from Piazza San Pietro, in the direction of via 4 Novembre and via Papa Giovanni XXIII and follows the panoramic road from Bossico to Ceratello. On the routes there are water points and information boards with historical, cultural and naturalistic information about the territory. All routes are equipped with directional arrows and, in the specific folders of each route on the website, you can download the GPX tracks that can guide you along the way. The starting point of the two circular routes is the Pila P1 car park, which can be reached by crossing the town towards the pine forest.
MTB – There are also three routes for bikers: red (easy – 6.3 km), yellow (medium – 8.2 km) and black (difficult – 20 km). The three routes start from the Pro Loco headquarters in via Giardini 1, where there also the GPX tracks.
Bossico has always been famous for two specialties: turnips and potatoes, but it is mainly turnips that have given great fame to this village, enough to give the people from Bossico (Bossichesi) the nickname “i raèi de Bösech” (turnips of Bossico). And if someone wants to sow turnips and want them to grow abundant and tasty, remember to do so before the 9th of August, St. Fermo’s day.
HOW TO GET THERE
By bus – From Bergamo railway station and Lake Iseo, there are regular bus services to the town of Bossico. Info and timetable: Bergamo Trasporti