The first church at this location was build around 898 when the first community was founded. Through the centuries parts were added like the bell-tower from 1479 taht still is part of today's church. The remainder of the church was new constructed around the first part of the 19th century.more
This huge house, dating from the 1500s, has now been restored and made into private apartments and (I think) partly a daycare/social centre for local residents, with buildings grouped around its original central courtyard.I haven't been able to find out any more detail about its history, but did spot a few interesting architectural remnants: the...more
If the general population is largely illiterate, as it was in most European countries right up to the mid-1900s, then you need some way for local tradespeople to recognise whose house belongs to who.One way, if you were rich enough, was to have your family coat-of-arms over the main doorway.In Albino I found a lot of these coats-of-arms still...more
Albino has lots of mansions dating from the 1600s/1700s, and each has an arched entranceway leading originally to the courtyard area, where residents could disembark in privacy, horses could be stabled and carriages kept undercover.Now, you never quite know what you'll see if you peep through these entranceways. Some still have their massive wooden...more
This is the church of Albino's patron saint, St Julian.It dates to 888 but was largely rebuilt in the early 1800s, although the rather elaborate bell-tower dates from 1497 (designed by Fanzago).The church contains several valuable paintings, including a 'Crucifixion' by Moroni, but it was closed when I visited.I was fascinated to find a...more
An ancient church, this, dating from the 1400s according to its sign but actually much earlier.The church was once part of the Convent of San Bartolomeo, and was first built in the 1200s. You can see that the exterior was once decorated with frescoes, and there are still frescoes on the surrounding buildings in Piazza Carnevali. They are ordinary...more
Located alongside the trail that once led to Selvino, this small sanctuary dates from the sixteenth century. Its interior is decorated with frescoes from that period which have recently been restored.The sanctuary was once of great importance, being along such a popular pathway and was frequented by traders and farmers who often stopped to say...more
The Chiesa di Sant'Anna can be found on Via Mazzini, considered to be the centre of this large village, and was built in the eighteenth century under the design of Giovan Battista Caniana as an addition to the sixteenth century buildings already in existence.The building is used by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart Convent and is of Greek cross...more
According to Wikipaedia, "The River Serio flows for 124km from its source at Monte Torena to its mouth at Adda in Bocca di Serio, which is south of Crema, flowing entirely through Lombardy" It flows from North to South. Leaving the tram station, we headed through the car park, and headed to the river bank. An old stone bridge was redundant at the...more
Chiesa Santuario Madonna Del Pianto or The Shrine of Our Lady of Tears was my favourite church that we visited in Albino. Outside, above the entrance is a mosaic picture of the Madonna carrying the body of Christ, watched by two sandal wearing workmen. The distinctive bell tower was topped by an 'onion dome' Inside, the 15th Century church (it was...more
This impressive looking neo-classic Catholic church was closed at the time of our visit, but we could view the attractive stone steeple (pic 3) and shaded cloisters (pic 4)The church dates back to 898, but it was reconstructed in the 19th Century. The bell tower was constructed in 1497, designed by Fanzago.The church bells, that were cast in 1953...more
This church dedicated to Saint Anna dates back to the 18th Century. It was designed by Giovan Battista Caniana, in the Greek Cross design.It is adjacent to the 16th Century Monastery of Santa AnnaThe outside features a 24 hour clock above its columned triple archway.Inside, it was surprisingly light and airy, with cream coloured walls and more...more
This gelateria is very popular during Sunday afternoon's, couple, groups of friends, family groups all took occupancy in the downstairs seating area (the upstairs area/terrace being closed due to a private party). It offers a good range of snacks, light meals as well as ice creams and other desserts. Great towering bowls of ice cream, cream and...more
After visiting Santuario Madonna de Pianto, we came across this Gelateria, and realised that it would be rude to pass by without trying an ice cream at least!Well it seemed like all of Albino had had the same idea - the place was buzzing with family groups, couples, groups of friends of all ages.Grabbing a comfortable seat, we were soon in danger...more
Albino is simple to travel to with the light rail train from Bergamo.During daytime there are 2 trains per hour.Since 2000 this service is provided by the Tramvie Elettriche Bergamasche Spa, in short TEB.If you have a ATB day card (or multiple day card) you can use it at this light rail T1 tramline too.The journey from Bergamo to Albino takes 30...more
Albino makes for a very pleasant day trip from Bergamo by using the ATB's T1 tram. The route takes you through Bergamo's suburbs and out to the Lower Seriana Valley to the village of Albino.Tickets for the tram should be purchased prior to boarding and validated once on board. Fares for individual journeys can be found here.A dedicated website...more
It's been many years since I rode a bicycle , and if I'm honest, It's never been one of my favourite modes of transport, but I could be tempted to hire a bike in Bergamo, carry it by tram to Albino and pootle along part of the purpose built cycle path - a wicker basket with 'lashings of ginger beer' would be a welcome addition!
The Ciclavia Valle Seriana starts at Ranica, which is on the T1 tramline from Bergamo to Albino and ends 31.20KM later in Clusone, along a purpose built pathway that passes through 14 municipalities. There are two areas where the route hits a road - at Gazzeniga and at Casrigo, but there is little traffic here. Much of the route follows the river bank, with crossings over bridges.
From Vertova to Clusone, the trail follows an old railway route, so is mainly flat, but reaches a steeper gradient at Ponte Nossa and before the Clusone Plateau.
Of course it's possible to do this route on two legs as well as two wheels!
We walked a small portion of the trail at Albino, then at Pradalunga and Ranica. At these three places, there are cafes for refreshments.
Equipment: Cycle hire is possible in Bergamo;
Bergamo has recently introduced La BiGi- a bike sharing scheme. Bikes can be picked up/returned to 15 bike racks around the lower city. The process is fully automated
Bicincitta information These are paid for at the ATB office' Open Daily 08.20 - 18.45 (Sundays 09.30 - 14.30) Largo Porta Nuova, Citta Bassa
Operates 06.00 -23.00hrs
Telephone 800.181.310 07.00 - 21.00
first 45 minutes-free
Upto 2 hours -1 Euro
2-3 hours - 2 Euro
over 3 hours -5 Euros
Other Bike Hire contacts ;
Cyclostazione dei colli -Colli bike Station - Ciclostazione 42
You can transport your bike at Off Peak* times on the tram teb Tram info Though you'll need to reserve a place before 17.00hrs 3 days before your planned trip (eg Thursday if you intend to travel on the Sunday) by 'phoning
035. 3692351 .
* Peak times are Mon -Friday 06.20 - 08.40,12.30-14.30 and 17.30 - 19.00
Mon-Saturday 4 unreserved bikes are allowed to travel
Sundays and Public Holidays -10 reserved bikes are allowed
The local Albino Post office is located at:
Viale Gasparini 1
Mo-Fr: 8:30AM - 7PM
Sa: 8:30AM - 1PM