Bergamo is a great city to travel to, and exploring all its wonders might take weeks. But there is a good chance to add some diversity into your holiday. Luckily, there are fantastic natural attractions located not far from the city of Bergamo, easily accessible by car or public transport. Here are the best four of them to your consideration:
Being the highest waterfall in Italy and the second highest in Europe, Cascate del Serio is located near Valbondione – a small village in northern Italy just 55km from Bergamo. The waterfall has a total height of 315 meters, but actually consists of three steps. Its uppermost part is 166 meters in height, middle section is 74 meters and the last one is 75 meters. You can see the waterfall in action only four or five times per year. It’s because of the dam built to form the Lago di Barbelliono reservoir.
So you should plan your trip in advance, to make sure you won’t see only the naked rocks. Waterfall is open usually for only half an hour. If you’ll be lucky to catch the moment of opening, you’ll become a witness of truly exciting spectacle!
In order to get to the Serio Waterfall, you can take a bus from Bergamo to Clusone and another bus from Cluson to Valbonione. Road trip will take about two-three hours and you’ll also need to spend some time on reaching waterfall form the village. You will have to go on foot, but the route is very picturesque and it leaves only pleasant experience.
The town of Lovere is located at the west end of the Iseo Lake. It’s about 40 km from Bergamo. The best way to get here is to rent a car, but if you aren’t afraid of public transport, you can take a bus from the train station in Bergamo. It will cost you approximately 4-5 euro and one hour spent on the road.
Lovere is a quiet little town with lots of cozy cafes and restaurants. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of coffee in outdoor café overlooking beautiful Lake of Iseo. In the evening, it would be very pleasant to have a little stroll through the medieval streets or to drop in into the Tadini Art Gallery that can boast of a rich collection of Venetian and Lombardy paintings.
If the weather is good, why not to take a short boat trip and discover wonders of the lake? It is just impossible to resist the beauty and crystal clarity of the Iseo. Here you have an opportunity to visit island of Monte Isola. It’s very steep and its shape resembles a huge fang jutting out of the cool waters of the lake. In fact, Monte Isola is considered the highest lake island in Europe.
Another interesting attraction on the lake is San Paolo. This time, it’s a very small, but no less interesting island. There you’ll find a very picturesque ancient villa – a nice spot for taking amazing pictures.
Lecco is another provincial Italian town located by the lake. This time by the Lake Como, which is probably one of the main attractions of northern Italy framed with breathtaking mountain scenery and a few cozy villages and towns. Lecco is one of the most popular cities towns at the lake and it’s is only in 40 km to the west of Bergamo.
Although it’s a small town, a lot of tourists like to come here each year, so you won’t find here ringing silence and solitude. But what you’ll definitely find here are mild and pleasant climate and numerous the opportunities for recreation, various activities including water sports, mountain biking and hiking.
The great thing about visiting Lecco is the perfect combination of the rest in the bosom of nature and modern well-developed city with many attractions and variety of nice hotels to stay at.
Bergamo can offer tourist a really unique attraction you won’t find anywhere else! Actually, it’s not located in the city itself, but in about 50 km from Bergamo in village Zambla Alta at the foot of Mount Arera. It shouldn’t be difficult to get there if you travel by car. One hour you spend on driving will be rewarded with beautiful mountain landscapes, fresh air and opportunity to see majestic Cattedrale Vegetale!
Cattedrale Vegetale is made of living trees or, as it would be more correct to say, living trees form the cathedral. It consists of 42 beech seedlings surrounded by trunks of spruce, branches of chestnut and hazel. They are a kind of carcasses or cages that make beech seedlings grow in the right way. Magnificent Cattedrale Vegetale is an excellent example of architecture, which instead of competing with nature, literally becomes a part of it.
Unfortunately, the seedlings don’t grow as fast as we would like. The cathedral isn’t finished yet and its construction or, to be more precise, its growth will take decades. However, even in its current appearance the cathedral looks impressive and extraordinarily. Add magnificent mountain landscape you’ll enjoy on the way to the cathedral and you’ll get perfect spot for rest in the bosom of nature!
There are two ways to get to the Cattedrale Vegetale. You can take a bus from the Bergamo train station to Passo Zambla and then walk approximately 5 kilometers or, if you prefer travel in comfort, you can rent a car. Choose car hire companies with a good reputation to make your car rental experience smooth and trouble free.
Author Bio: Lily Berns likes to share with interesting recommendations of visiting different places through her publications. Currently, she writes informative articles for RentalCars24h.com