During our recent VT Euromeet in Bergamo, Gilly arranged a delightful picnic by the river Serio in the beautiful Seriana valley. We all bought food and drink in Bergamo and travelled by tram to the picnic spot where Gilly had held some picnic tables. It was a lovely couple of hours relaxing eating and chatting, three of my favourite things.
Pradalunga is on the Bergamo-Albino T1 Tramline, it's also on the Cyclovia Valle Serio route. If the full 31.20 km is too far to cycle, then it's quite a pleasant 1.5 km stretch between Pradalunga and Albino, where you can cycle or walk, then return by tram. (See my Pradalunga transport tip for transporting bikes and tram travel for more information)
Although it's been created as a safe cycle route, (it only crosses a road twice along its route), there is no reason why you couldn't walk along the route - but keep an eye/ear out for approaching cycles behind you.
The Ciclavia Valle Seriana starts at Ranica (which is between Bergamo and Pradalunga), and ends 31.20KM later in Clusone, passing 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.
This park is just off the riverside path, at the foot of the bridge.
There are childrens play grounds with swings, climbing frames, slides and sand pits etc. for different age groups as well as a netball court (or it might have been basket ball)!!
Bar Alpini serves a variety of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks as well as hot drinks, ice cream and snacks for eating in, or taking out.
This would be a welcome watering hole for anyone cycling the 31.20KM Cyclovia Valle Seiano, which stretches along a purpose built route linking Ranica and Clusone
Open April to September 09.00 -22.00hrs
October and March 10.00 - 18.00
November to February 10.00 - 16.00
No campfires, dogs, cycling, footballs, littering or cutting down shrubs/trees allowed in the park.
Easily reached from Bergamo by the T1 Bergamo-Albino tram route.
Wandering through Parco Don Bosco, we came across this lively cafe/bar next to the childrens playground. Our visit was on a Sunday afternoon
Seating outside, in the gazebo or inside. A mix of groups of friends and families of all ages. The nearby childrens playground was within eyeview of parents.
A small window allowed for bar service to the gazebo area. We wandered inside, to reach this bar - so that we could suss out the drinks, but found ourselves at a different bar, in a large room with tables and chairs.
As well as being a bar/cafe it appeared to be a community centre/meeting hall.
In keeping with the name of the bar, there were quite a few old photographs of mountaineers, Alpine mountain scenes, and pendants/awards, along with mountaineering and climbing equipment.
We just had a soft drink, so didn't see a menu, although I did see ice cream for sale. I think there would be pizza/paninis etc too.
I did spot a couple of grills outside the bar too.
Drinks etc could be purchased to take to the riverside picnic table
Favorite Dish: We just settled for a can each of a soft drink, though there was a wide selection of beer/wine and spirits.
This small cafe is situated in the children's play area of the park which sits alongside the Seriana Valley cyclepath as it runs through the village of Pradalunga.
You can stop here to enjoy a light meal, snack or drink.
Alternatively, this is a good place to stop and pick up drinks to take to the picnic area nearby.
Favorite Dish: Paninis were on offer at the bar but we only purchased drinks.
Our 72 hour tourist ticket purchased from the Atb Point in Bergamo, entitled us to unlimited travel on the Teb T1 Tram line that runs between Bergamo and Albino. So, we travelled to, and explored Albino, then moved on to Pradalunga, in search of a potential picnic spot
After Pradalunga, we caught the Bergamo bound tram, stopping off at Ranica, before continuing on to Bergamo.
The Bergamo card also covers transportation on this line. Individual tickets can be purchased from ticket offices at Bergamo and Albino, or from automated machines at the stations (pic 4)Instructions in English as well as Italian.
Tickets must be validated on boarding at the machines in the carriages. Hefty on the spot fines, for non-validated tickets.
Electronic information boards on the platform inform you of the destination, time of departure, and how many minutes until the next tram will arrive.
This line opened in 2009, so the trams are quite modern, with bright plastic seating.
There are cycle 'racks' in each carriage. Bikes are strapped to upturned seats in these 'designated areas'
Cycles are transported free of charge.(pic 3 shows info re transporting bikes) One bike per person, at Off Peak times.
So, this may require some forward planning, especially if travelling in a group!
No cycles allowed between 06.20 -08.40, 12.30- 14.30 or 17.30 - 19.00
Weekdays and Saturdays - A maximum of 4 bikes may be transported without prior reservations.
On Sundays and Public Holidays, a maximum of 10 bikes is allowed, by reserving a place by telephone - 035 3692351 before 17.00hrs Three days prior to the date of travel.
I'm not sure if there will be anyone who speaks English at the end of the 'phone! (Past experience of purchasing tickets at the Atb point at Porta Nuova in Citta Bassa has been that few of the staff speak English)
La BiGi Bike sharing
The T1 tram runs a route from Bergamo, through it's suburbs and out to the Lower Seriana Valley to its largest village of Albino, with a stop at Pradalunga.
Tickets for the tram should be purchased prior to boarding and validated once on board. Fares for individual journeys can be found here.
Alternatively, if you have a 24 or 72 hour tourist transport ticket (available from the ATB office at Porta Nuova and from Tabacchi throughout Bergamo), then the T1 tram is included as it is part of the ATB transport system.
It is possible to transport your bicycle on the T1 tram (with hire available in Bergamo). Your tram ticket allows the transportation of 1 bike per person. On weekdays and Saturdays the number of bicycles is limited to a maximum of 4 bicycles without prior reservation (it is prohibited to transport bicycles during the peak hours of 06:20 to 8:40, 12:30 to 14:30, 17:30 to 19:00).
On holidays and Sundays a maximum of 10 bikes with reservations required by calling 035 3692351 before 17:00 on the third day before the trip (e.g. on Thursday if the trip is on Sunday).