Itinerary from Sarnico towards Colli di S. Fermo, Lago d’Endine and Valle del Freddo

    The trail/Der Weg

    This car route, which can also be followed by bicycle for the fitter travellers, starts in Sarnico. Taking the provincial road towards Bergamo you drive through Villongo and follow the directions for Adrara; you will reach the old rural structure of Castel Merlo, not far from the Romanesque church dedicated to St. Alexander. Continuing along the provincial road, you first arrive at Adrara San Martino, a rural town of prehistoric origin and important in the Middle Ages as seen by the remains of the castle on the Ducone hill, then Adrara San Rocco, a rural village with a noteworthy 16th-century parish. At this point, the road climbs towards the panoramic Colli di San Fermo, a highly sought-after location for free flight enthusiasts, but also rich in stunning spreads of blooming narcissi and gentian (*). When you arrive at the church of San Fermo, you descend to Grone, where the parish church stands on a panoramic hill overlooking Val Cavallina. Four kilometers of tree-lined roads lead you to Casazza, from where you reach Lake Endine, a small stretch of water that is an angler’s paradise. Taking the right turn you then reach Monasterolo del Castello, a centre with important medieval remains and the SS. Salvatore church, built on the ruins of an ancient monastery. Continuing along one of the most stunning routes, you reach S. Felice al Lago a delightful district of Endine, next to Piangaiano with the Gaiano Lake.
    You can’t miss a visit to the nearby nature reserve of Valle del Freddo, renowned among scholars for the presence, at an altitude of between 350 and 700 meters above sea level, of a wide variety of plant species, including alpine stars, gentians, and rhododendrons, which usually are only found at altitudes above a thousand meters. This is due to a specific microthermal phenomenon which consists in the emission of cold air from some “cold holes” or “mouths” in the ground.
    Valle del Freddo is only open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays in May, June, and July. Admission is free of charge.
    Continuing towards the tourist resorts of Esmate and Solto Collina, you then descend towards the small and well-preserved village of Riva di Solto. At this point, you turn right and continue along the road that runs along the lake, until you arrive back in Sarnico.


    Recommended option

    Following the route along the right crest from Colli di San Fermo, take the “Strada del Verde” that passes through Vigolo and Parzanica before reaching Tavernola Bergamasca. It boasts an excellent landscape with breathtaking views of the lake, farmhouses, meadows, woods, and rural villages.

    How to arrive and where to park/Anreise und Parkplatz

    A4 motorway exits: Ponte Oglio and Palazzolo sull’Oglio, then follow the signs for Sarnico. For those arriving from Bergamo or Brescia, follow the signs for Lake Iseo and then Sarnico.
    Parking at the Sarnico Cemetery in Corso Europa.

    DE – Autobahnausfahrten A4: Ponte Oglio und Palazzolo sull’Oglio, dann der Beschilderung nach Sarnico folgen. Wenn Sie aus Bergamo oder Brescia anreisen, folgen Sie der Beschilderung zum Iseosee und dann nach Sarnico.
    Parkplatz in der Nähe des Friedhofs von Sarnico, in Corso Europa.


    • Duration: More than 5 hours
    • Distance: 65 km
    • Difference in height: +1500m
    • Starting point: Cemetery of Sarnico
    • Arrival point: Cemetery of Sarnico
    • Credits: Pro Loco Sarnico

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